Grant Everett Wartena |

Grant Everett Wartena

March 26, 1946 -- July 1, 2011

Grant Everett Wartena died at the age of 65 in Park City, Utah, on Monday, July 1, of colon cancer.

Grant was born on March 26, 1946, in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Udo and Donna Wartena. He is survived by his second wife, Sharon Parsons; first wife, Nancy Rich and children, Kimberly Scarpine, Melissa Bott, and Benjamin, Jacob and Aaron Wartena; son-in-laws Daniel Scarpine and Richard Bott; and five grandchildren, Hathaway, Harmony, and Orion Scarpine and Nicole and Nathaniel Bott; brother Scott; sisters Dana Thelin and Laree Purdy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Grant enjoyed his journey through life and each experience in his personal and business life was a reason to celebrate. He was creative, ambitious, and a perpetually optimistic risk taker. He deeply loved his family, friends, church, and Hawaiian sunsets. We will miss his contagious smile, "can’t never did anything" and "no guts no glory" attitude. Grant would encourage each of us to do something kind for others and ask them to pass it on.

In lieu of a memorial, Grant’s kids and high school classmates threw a "rager" in West Linn, Oregon, on July 7. We are asking that you take the time you would have spent attending our father’s service to do the things that were most important to him, the smaller things in life that make such a huge difference, like: building a sand castle with your grandchildren, singing "Lets Go Fly a Kite" while skipping around the room, taking your family to a 49’ers game, read "How To Win Friends And Influence People," listen to Sam Hagar’s "I Can’t Drive 55" song, teach your children how to ski or coach one of their sports, and enjoy a really good pizza.

We would also appreciate hearing your humorous or sentimental stories about our dad. Please send us a quote, story or memory of our father to so that we can enjoy the many reasons people love him as much as we do.