Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and wonderful friend, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on November 1, 2021, of causes incident to age. He was 97 years old.
Grant was born in Salt Lake City on February 2, 1924, to Alfred T. Cutler and Marian M. Cutler. He and his twin brother, Paul, were the youngest of five children with three older sisters: Betty (Elizabeth) Jones, Margie (Margaret) Jacob, and Kay (Catherine) Poulter. He attended Forest Elementary School, Irving Jr. High School, and South High School. He earned his Eagle Scout Award.
In 1941, Grant began attending the University of Utah and affiliated with the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Grant enlisted in the Naval Aviation program.
Grant was called to active duty in June 1943. He was stationed at Weber State College in Utah for Piper Cub flight training in preparation to become a Naval aviator. During this time, Grant attended Weber State College to continue his education. He was transferred to Columbia University in New York to become a Naval officer. When Grant was transferred to Corpus Christi, Texas, he received word that his twin brother, Paul, was missing in action. His twin brother was never found. Four months later, on November 18, 1945, Grant’s father passed away. Following the war, Grant remained active in the Navy Reserve and was commissioned as a Lieutenant JG.
Grant married Lillian Clara (“Babe”) Larsen on March 21, 1947. Grant and Lillian were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple by Harold B. Lee on May 21, 1958. Grant and Lillian had three daughters: Lynne Cutler Smith (Lowell), Leslie Cutler Stitt (Roger), and Susan Cutler Sim (Lee).
Grant and Lillian moved to Portland, Oregon, to pursue a business opportunity. They returned to Utah in 1951. Grant enrolled in law school at the University of Utah.
While still in law school, Grant was hired by State Farm Insurance as a claims adjuster. When he received his Juris Doctorate degree, he was assigned to work in Southern Utah. Eventually he was transferred to Walnut Creek, California. Grant was transferred back to Salt Lake City in 1963. He served in many positions with State Farm including adjuster, claims supervisor and in-house counsel.
He returned home to Holladay to help take care of his mother. Grant and Lillian built a home in Holladay on land owned by Grant’s mother since 1940. They have lived there ever since.
Grant and Lillian travelled extensively – including many trips in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and a cruise through the Panama Canal.
Grant was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a firm testimony of Jesus Christ, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the Book of Mormon. He held many callings including scoutmaster, ward and stake clerk, high councilor, high priest group leader, counselor in several bishoprics, branch president of the Holladay Health Care Center, sealing group member for ten years in the Jordan River Temple and temple ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for ten years. Grant often said that his service in the temple as an ordinance worker with his wife was his favorite calling in the Church.
Grant’s quiet sense of humor, his love of the outdoors, his kindness and service to others, his love of the gospel of Jesus Christ and devotion to his family and extended family will always be hallmarks of his long, service-filled life.
Grant is survived by Lillian, his wife of 74 years, his three daughters and sons-in-law, his 15 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother and his three sisters.
The family expresses special appreciation to those who helped Grant in his final few months including those at Life Care Center Rehabilitation, Visiting Angels, Encompass Home Health Care and Hospice. Donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Missionary Fund, or the Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holladay South Stake Center, 4917 Viewmont Street, Holladay, Utah, where a viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., prior to the services. Face masks are recommended.
Interment will be in the Salt Lake Cemetery. For online condolences and to virtually attend the funeral service, please visit www.larkincares.com.