PROVO, Utah – The recent deaths of three adult brothers rocked a family in Utah County.
The siblings all died within 23 days of each other.
On Monday, the Whitlock family gathered in Provo to remember the life and legacy of Steve Whitlock, 74, who died of heart disease on October 23.
His brother, Dale “Chip” Whitlock, 73, died on October 3, and the other brother, Ross Whitlock, died at the age of 69 on October 26.
Dale and Ross died of complications from COVID-19.
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At Steve’s funeral in Provo, dozens of hot rods took part in the procession to the cemetery in the town of Provo.
Steve was known for his love of cars, especially hot rods.
He spent his life building them.
That’s why his coffin was carried in the back of a 1956 Ford F-100, a truck he had built from scratch.
“He loves to build vehicles,” said his son, Travis Whitlock. “It didn’t matter what it was.”
In 1975 Steve opened his own collision repair business in Provo.
The business is still in business today, with his children now running the store.
Steve attended every auto show he could and won many awards.
National magazines featured several of his cars and trucks.
“He was just such a loving and beautiful man, who has a legacy that will live on forever,” said his daughter, Nichole Lambert. “He had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met.”
“A great man in this community and he loved his church and helping everyone,” said his son, Brandon Whitlock.
His family found great comfort in the exemplary life the three men lived.
“The only thing I could find was someone upstairs needed backup and they called the best,” said Travis.
“I’m just happy that we have such a tight-knit family to help everyone get through this ordeal and celebrate the lives of these men,” Nichole said.
“Just live each day to the fullest, and take the ones you love and hold them tight,” Brandon said.
Ross Whitlock’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at the Mayfield Town Cemetery in Sanpete County.