Eugene Ettinger

Eugene Ettinger

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A Live Broadcast of Funeral Services may be viewed at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2021 at
Eugene Dominguez Soto Ettinger passed peacefully through the veil on the morning of February 6, 2021. He was born October 8, 1943 in Douglas, Arizona, he spent his childhood years in southern California, where he had many fond memories of family and friends. He would move to Las Vegas, Nevada, and attended Las Vegas High School. He enjoyed sports and was a gifted athlete lettering in both track and football. He married his high school sweetheart Sandy and was later sealed in the Utah Saint George LDS Temple. He worked for the city of Las Vegas in the Public Works Department before pursuing his college degree.

He attended dental school in Santa Ana, California, and graduated from Orange Coast Junior College where he earned a degree in Dental Technology. Later, he moved his family to Orem, Utah, where they have lived since 1973.

Gene was the owner/operator of Ettinger Dental Lab and had an eye for detail and was meticulous in crafting dental products that reflected his high standards throughout his career. He loved sports and for many years had season tickets to BYU football games. He enjoyed skiing and spent many happy days at his favorite Utah ski resorts, fishing on the Provo River and for a time, long distance running where he enjoyed participating in 5k events. Later in life his garden became his passion and a true source of joy and belonging for all those who spent time there.

He recently renewed his interest in fly-fishing and learned the art of tying flies. In his final days he gave each family member several of his hand-crafted flies encased in a Ettinger Dental Lab clear plastic box as a token of his deep and abiding love for them.

Gene loved people and people loved him. He talked easily with those he met and made them feel comfortable and listened to. Gene was well-known at his favorite restaurants and in his circle of influence. His home was always open to family and friends. He leaves a legacy of kindness, patience, unconditional love and endurance.

Gene was a devoted husband and father. His testimony in our Savior, Jesus Christ, was foremost on his mind as he said goodbye to his family before his death. He leaves behind his beloved wife and eternal companion of 55 years, Sandy; his children Bryan (Megan), Janae (Reed) Hobush, Todd, and Gena; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-granddaughters; his brother Stacy (Lesa) of Reno, Nevada, and his sister Adria (Mike) Schmidt of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 12, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah, with a viewing from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. A Live Broadcast of Funeral Services may be viewed at 11:00 a.m.,, where condolences and memories may be offered to the family on Gene’s obituary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 9:45am - 10:45am
    Friday, February 12th, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    COVID guidelines followed - masks required
  • Service

    Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 12th, 2021 11:00am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    COVID guidelines followed - masks required
    LIVE STREAM of service at


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Monte Mortensen

Posted at 01:08am
Sandy, You know how much both Jim and I both loved and respected Gene for his quiet and steadfast goodnatured personality. He never failed to make us feel welcome when we were around. I wish we had spent more time with you both. I especially cherish our days together in Garden Grove so many decades ago. I love you, dear one. Don't ever forget that!
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Richard Heaps

Posted at 10:54pm
Sandy, we love you and Gene. We have fond memories of how Gene always had a big smile and a wave as he passed us on the street. It always lifted our spirits. Also, any time we came to your door, you and Gene were always so very welcoming. Little things like these always made a difference to us. Please call if we can be a help with anything. Richard & Joyce Heaps

Douglas K. Arthur

Posted at 06:23pm
So sorry to read of Gene's passing in the Provo Daily Herald. I was a dental associate of Dr. Gary Matthews back in 1978-1979 when he was at the Doctors Park location in Provo. I got to know Gene from chatting with him while he worked on dental crowns -- he was always very good to me. I was interested to learn that he was into fly fishing and tying, which are also my passion, and would have liked to reconnect with him on that basis.

Douglas K. Arthur

Salena Gatenby Posted at 12:35pm

We are so grateful we had many opportunities to get together with Sandy and Gene at family events for little Maeley and Sol and Cortney. Gene always had a smile and a hug to give. He made you feel as if you were a friend.

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