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Harold Bryan Schmutz died on December 19, 2011, at the age of 78, after a struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He was born to Edward Schmutz, a Swiss immigrant, and Mary Proctor in St. George, Utah. He died on December 19, 2011, after a struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family.
He graduated from Dixie High School and joined the U.S. Military to serve in Korea. Harold served for 2 years and achieved the rank of Sergeant. During a leave, he married Joan Bradshaw on May 21, 1954, in the St. George Temple. When released from the army, he served a successful 2 year mission to the Great Lakes, USA area. His wife faithfully wrote him every week, and nine months after his homecoming, his first daughter was born.
Harold owned several businesses in St. George during his lifetime; a Texaco Station, a shoe store, and an auto parts store, where he made many long-lasting friendships. In his heart, he was always a cowboy and rancher and spent many enjoyable hours on the Arizona Strip and in the Panguitch area. When he could no longer chase cattle, he became a dedicated RVer, enjoying many trips throughout the remainder of his life with family and friends.
Harold was a faithful member of the LDS Church, after his baptism at age 16, serving in many callings including 2 bishoprics, the High Council and his favorite of all, the Nursery. He was also a faithful home teacher and enjoyed attending the Temple.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan; daughter, Diane (Randy) Lucky; son, Brent (Stephanie); daughter, Shannon; grandchildren, Aaron, Jamie, Kayla, Lindsey and Tyler; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Dan (Betty) Schmutz. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clark and Elroy; and sisters, Elsie, Mary and Audrinne.
A special thanks to Dr. Busk and Dr. Richards, and Dixie Hospice.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morningside 2nd Ward Chapel, 900 S. River Road, St. George. There will be a visitation Thursday, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the Chapel. Interment will take place in the St. George City Cemetery.