Denice Wheeler

July 24, 1929 – March 20, 2024


Denice Wheeler of Evanston passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 20, surrounded by her family, fulfilling 94 vibrant years.

Denice was born Denice Dallin on July 24, 1929, in Springville, Utah, to Glen L. Dallin and Elizabeth Marie Jolley Dallin. The family moved to Long Beach, California, when Denice was 3 years old. Her parents, along with her brother, Leon, and sister, Delpha, provided her with love and security and many exciting opportunities in church and music.

After graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Denice attended Brigham Young University, where she met her future husband, Douglas Ray McIntire. The couple married in 1949 and had three beautiful children: Shelley Marie, Mark Douglas, and Gregory Wayne.

Denice and Doug went their separate ways after some years, and Denice went on to further her education, teach at South High School, and run several modeling schools in Salt Lake City.

In 1965, Denice met Joe Wheeler while playing the piano and organ at the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Evanston, and the two married in 1968. Following Joe’s death in 1984, Denice became ever more involved in her community. She was involved with AARP, Bear River Commission, Utah Friendship Force, Pioneer Theatre Board, and International Board of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, to name just a few.

She started Western Discovery van tours and was able to share her love of the western states with many travelers. Denice traveled to 54 countries and 49 states and was tour director for more than 100 tours. She also managed to author and co-author several books on a variety of subjects.

Denice was preceded in death by husband, Joe; ex-husband, Doug; grandson, Daniel; and son, Greg. She is survived by daughter, Shelley; son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Nadine; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren (and counting).

Denice will be remembered for her generosity and unwavering devotion to her family and friends. Her strong will and love of adventure will carry on for generations to come.

“Family, Friends, and Fun. A Fabulous Life.”