Wayne Plute, 85, of St. George, Utah, passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2021.
Wayne was born on July 11, 1936, in Somerset, Colorado. Wayne spent his first 18 years of life in beautiful Western Colorado. After turning18 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a Radio Operator on a COD outfit plane. They made regular deliveries aboard aircraft carriers in support of the war effort. He spoke of his time in the Navy fondly as it laid the foundation for his career in computer technology.
After serving honorably Wayne moved to Phoenix, AZ. where he met his future wife, Carole. They were married in 1961. In 1962 they adopted Wayne’s younger sister, Deanna. In 1965 Wayne and Carole adopted a son, Christopher and then in 1966 adopted another son, Matthew. Working for General Electric and Honeywell he was a Technical Specialist for Control System computers where he worked all over the world. He lived with his family in Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, and California.
Shortly after retirement he and Carole moved to St. George, Utah. Wayne was an avid runner who enjoyed hiking, fishing, water skiing, snow skiing, camping, traveling, spending time with family, photography and meeting new people. He was always helpful to friends and family whenever they needed it. He helped many strangers throughout his journey in life without asking for anything in return. His upbeat spirit and attitude towards life was noticed by everyone he knew. One of his encouraging anecdotes, to his children having a tough day, was “If 2 feet hit the floor when you got out of bed today, then you’re having a good day.”
Wayne was preceded in death by his son, Matthew. He is survived by his wife, Carole; daughter, Deanna; son-in-law, Cliff; son, Christopher; sister, Donna; 9 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.