HELPER-Pete Bottino, born March 20, 1914 in Helper, Utah to John and Katherine Bottino passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Oct. 11, 2008 in Salt Lake City.
Pete served in the Navy from 1936-1939. He married Wilma Seppi on Sept. 9, 1940. During WWII, Pete and Wilma worked in the Pearl Harbor Naval Yard. In 1945, they returned to Helper where they raised their four children.
Pete spent most of his life in Helper where he was known as Helper's handyman. He was the chief electrician for Helper City and retired from Utah Power and Light. Pete helped install and maintain Helper's first TV system. Pete was truly devoted to his community and was a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Pete was a true adventurer who loved fishing and hunting. He earned his pilot's license at age 72 and even built his own helicopter. He loved speeding in cars, snowmobiles and his chaparral.
Pete was well known for his musical talents. He could often be found playing his harmonica at any gathering, always bringing joy to all.
Pete is survived by his wife Wilma of 68 years, his sister Lorraine and Sam Falsone, brother-in-law Hiram and Helen Seppi, children Pat Noel, Jack and Mary Bottino, Becky Bottino and Ken Condray, Toni and Stan Payne, his grandchildren Brian and Carolynn Bottino, Penny Noel, Jeanie and Gabe Jacquez, Gina and Graeme Cox, Amy and Chris Wilcox, Julie and Brian Prutch, and Andrea Hickey, and great-grandchildren Alexis and Felicia Jacquez, Franklin Wilcox and Rufus Cox.
A vigil with rosary will be held at Mitchell's Funeral Home, Price, Utah, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Funeral Mass Thursday, Oct.16, 10 a.m. St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Helper. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.
The family would like to thank Garden Terrace and Alta Ridge care centers and Millcreek Hospice for their extraordinary care. Donations can be made in his name to St. Anthony's Catholic Church.