John Lowell Wentz

October 15, 1948 - August 20, 2021

John Lowell Wentz age 72 passed away Friday August 20th, 2021 in Cape Coral, Florida after a very sudden and brief battle with Covid. John was born on October 15th, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah to L. Andy and Betty Wentz.

He has been a resident of N. Fort Myers, FL for the past 5 yrs. John was a very proud member of the Utah Pipe Trades local 57 and 140, respectfully, for 50 years! He decided to follow in his dad and uncle’s footsteps right after high school by joining the union and becoming an apprentice. John attended trade school where he completed the 5 year Journeyman program and was an awesome Pipefitter/Welder, retiring in June of 2009. John made so many friends throughout his 50 year career. John enjoyed boating at Bear Lake, Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge! He also enjoyed riding his Big Dog chopper and his Harley, always with his wife Dena right by his side. LOL! Of course Dena wasn’t riding bitch! Sturgis the motorcycle mecca was the highlight of the year for the duo for 12 years in a row. John and Dena met so many people through boating and motorcycles from all over the country that soon became part of their extended family. John loved so many people throughout the years, he loved with all his heart. LOL! Sometimes to a fault. John was great at always helping other people; that might include him helping others by spending their money on stuff that he was sure they needed – such as different cars, motorcycles, parts, tires etc. He was also great at giving people advice (also known as his two cents). Those conversations usually started with “you know what you should do” followed by his opinion whether you wanted to hear it or not! But if you ever needed anything John would drop everything to come and help. Again, many times it was more help than you had bargained for! John will be missed by so many for so many reasons and our hearts are breaking at the thought of this very strong, stubborn and special man being taken from us entirely too soon! May you rest in peace my handsome husband, father and friend until we meet again! We love you billions!

John is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Dena Wentz of N. Ft. Myers; two loving daughters, Kariann Wentz (Dave Halliwell) of Ft. Myers and Lacey Nicole Wentz of North Salt Lake, Utah; one sister, Paula Cantu (Gilbert) of Wausau, WI; one grandchild, Alyssa of Ft. Myers; one niece, Cassandra Cantu of Chicago,IL; one nephew, Dr. Colby Cantu (Dr. Maya) of Jacksonville, FL as well as his ex wife, Carolynn Shaffer of Ft. Myers; also “the boys”, our faithful kitties Marley, Snickers and Salem!

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Mullins Memorial, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33916 with the family accepting friends for a visitation from 11:00am up until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial Contribution on behalf of John Wentz has been set up. Please consider donating to the gofundme account to help with unexpected funeral and medical expenses. You can also donate directly to Venmo@Dena-Wentz-1. It would be much appreciated.

 Family and friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Carolynn Shaffer Aug 25, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Just the Sunday before the ventilator and his passing, John was laughing and joking on FaceTime; who would have know the turn it would take!
    Although John and I have been divorced for many years, we have remained connected because of our daughter, Kariann. We have shared so many family celebrations (birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas) with our extended family!
    John, we were so young when we met – I was 15 and you were almost 19! You were my first love, my first husband, the father of our daughter, Kariann, and the grandfather of your only grandchild, Alyssa.
    Your first motorcycle was a Kawasaki (which you customized) with a kickstart. You told me that if I could kickstart it, you would teach me to ride – I never could; lots of black & blue marks but no success!
    You introduced me to Mexican food at Senior Pepe’s, birthday celebrations with multiple gifts, boating, waterskiing, and so much more. We shared our first apartment, mobile home, daughter, house, and divorce.
    Love changes and evolves; so through the years, we shared our degrees of love. May you find peace. We don’t know why you were taken so early, but know that you are dearly loved and deeply missed!
    Love, Carolynn

  2. Trish Knight Aug 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    You will be forever loved John. You definitely have changed the lives of all who were lucky enough to know you. And we will miss you dearly..

  3. Sue Lange Aug 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Dena, I was so sad and shocked to hear to John’s sudden passing. I remember Debbie telling me that we were going to ride with some awesome people… you and John stood out quickly with your big dogs, and I remembered John making me feel like like he had known me for years very warm and welcoming. With John’s big as life personality, he was always fun and happy! It has been fun to see your fun retirement adventures! Dena my thoughts are with you during this time and sending hugs your way. Your so lucky to have of friends who love you and John and will be there for you.

  4. GORDON HIMMELBERGER Aug 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm


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