Joshua Alan Horspool

Josh was born April 5, 1977, to Kent Alan and Linda K. (Hocking) Horspool in Ogden, Utah.  He passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 31, 2022, from a ruptured aortic dissection (we know it was because his heart was too dang big).

Josh was raised in Hooper, Utah and graduated from Roy High School.  He moved to Washington, Utah where he met the love of his life, Mishaun Staheli. Josh and Mishaun were married on September 20, 1997.  His greatest joy was making sure Mishaun and their four children, Addison, Carson, Boston, and Daytona were always taken care of.  He loved them with his whole heart (remember it was BIG) and would do anything for them.  His joy in life was to see them smile! He truly adored and loved his wife and kids very much.

Growing up he enjoyed playing golf and was a goalie for the Golden Spike Hockey League.  He enjoyed ALL sports, and LOVED watching his children play basketball, softball, and run/throw track. Even if their kids’ teams weren’t participating, you could always spot Josh and Mishaun on the front row.  He enjoyed all kinds of music, something he passed on to his kids.  Most of the time you could hear him from a few blocks away playing the drums to his favorite songs (but only if Mishaun was at work).

He worked in construction for several years with RTO engineering where he loved playing in the dirt. At age 31 Josh attended Dixie State University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Marketing Proficiency.

For 15 plus years Josh volunteered his time on the Washington Little League Board or jumped in as coach for softball when needed.  He loved sports so much that he wanted every player to have the best experience and love it as much as he did.  Winning was never a priority, it was about teaching and influencing players for good. You could always find him sitting next to Mishaun cheering on their kids or favorite team, (we all know it was to keep her out of trouble with the officials). He wasn’t above entertaining the fans while helping the refs with missed calls either. We’ve been told, people intentionally sit across the gym so they can watch the free entertainment.

He and Mishaun recently became the owners of MVP Sports in Spanish Fork, Utah.  Josh supplied anything sports, AND his positive attitude to teams and coaches all over Utah.  He was not just a salesman, but a friend to all the coaches and players. That’s why people loved doing business with him!

A friend said that Josh could always take a bad situation and turn it into a good one and have everyone laughing in the end.

He loved entertaining his family, especially his wife and kids. It was impossible to be around him without laughing and joining in on the fun.  Josh’s smile, laughter and wit will be missed by all.

Josh is survived by his wife Mishaun and their four children, Addison Jayde, Carson Franklin (Stefanie), Boston Kent, Daytona MeKay, and their fur babies, Ahsoka, Brewster, Chomp, Loki, Cholla, Max, and Kash (his favorite). His parents Kent and Linda Horspool, brother Jason (Kim) Horspool, and sister Jana (Rowdy) Olds. In-laws Howard and Mary Esther Putnam, five brothers in law, one sister-in-law and many, many nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer Horspool, and his father-in-law Franklin H. Staheli.  He was also preceded in death by his dogs (or babies as he called them), Zeus, Punkin, Chug, Izzy, Alfie, and Harley.  

A Viewing will be held Monday, April 11th at Spilsbury Mortuary from 5:00-8:00 pm.  110 South Bluff Street, St. George. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 12th at 11:00 am at the Washington City Cemetery. 300 Park View Dr. A Celebration of Life will also be held Tuesday, April 12th in the barn at Staheli Family Farm. 3400 S Washington Fields Rd. We plan to start celebrating around 5:00 pm JST (Josh Standard Time), until we are too tired to celebrate anymore. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you donate through Venmo @Josh-MVP, where they will make donations to high school sports teams, which was something Josh was very passionate about.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Josh’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Steve and Linda Boyson

    Kent, Linda, Jason, and Jana—
    Linda and I are in shock over Josh’s untimely death. We extend our condolences to you all. We had so many great times in Hooper I won’t even begin to name any. Scott and Josh played together and had so much fun. As they got older, baseball became quite a thing. Josh and Scott played on my Roy Rec summer baseball team. What fun they had! I remember seeing Josh all decked out in his goalie gear. He was quite a sight! We wish you all the best as you reminisce. May God comfort you and bring you close together.

  2. Gayle Haas

    So very sorry for your loss Mishawn. Prayers for you and your family 🙏

  3. Brenda Draper

    I am so sorry for your loss, I remember Josh as a young boy in Hooper. I pray God will bless your family with comfort and peace at this sad time.

  4. Mark Boyson

    I grew up across the street from the Horspools, so “Posh” was a fixture in the neighborhood, and we spent a lot of time together playing football, street hockey, baseball, and golf. That SOB, I mean SOG (son of God), was good at everything! After he moved down south, we unfortunately lost track of each other, but I was always happy to hear he was doing well. He’s still one of my favorite dudes of all time, and it sounds like I’m not the only one. Kent, Linda, Jason, Jana, and Mishaun, we mourn with you, and we loved Josh. … Still do!
    Happy birthday, Posh!
    – Mark Boyson

  5. kent & shari sparrow

    our thoughts are with you. stay strong

  6. Jill Boyson

    I was shocked and incredibly saddened to hear of Josh’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Praying for your comfort at this time. I will always have happy memories of your family growing up in our neighborhood in Hooper . Love to you and your family ❤️

  7. Steve Haney

    Hearing about Josh’s passing has brought great sadness to me and the entire Haney family. I started recalling all the great times growing up in Hooper with the Horspool’s. Me and Mark Boyson coined the nickname “Posh” for Jason’s little brother for reasons I can’t remember now, but Boyson and I still called him Posh to this day. Jason (Hoss) and I worked at Country View Elementary as student janitors and Posh tagged along every night to help us clean so we could play basketball into the night. Posh had a quality about him that made him special. And from reading his obituary, I can see that he only enhanced to quality as he went through life. God speed my friend.

  8. Scott Boyson

    I was sad and shocked when I heard about Josh’s passing. It was on April Fool’s Day and I thought it was some kind of prank or joke. After I realized it was true, I was immediately taken back to all the fun times I had with Josh, my first best friend. We played cars for hours and hours out back under the deck in the sandbox, video games in the basement, wiffle ball in the backyard, and all other fun things little boys do. He was such a great friend. Even after losing contact when he moved to St. George, I would still see him when he came up to visit and we would catch up on how our lives were going. My deepest condolences to your family for losing such a great man! You are in our prayers and I hope you will find peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  9. Holly Webb

    I know Mishaun much better than Josh, but I heard much good about Josh from my oldest daughter who worked at Mishaun’s hair salon in Mesquite years ago. I only got to meet him once recently but was immediately put at ease by his open approachability and smile and equally entertained by his easy, quick humor. Just in the short time I spent talking with he and Mishaun, I quickly got that he did have a big heart, was a real people person, dog person, loved his family, his dogs (even if they did cost him lots of $$$, right Mishaun!?! their inside joke) and sports. That’s just simply who he was. What you saw is what you got. I extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to his family and friends who I know will miss him tremendously now and in the years to come but will always be grateful for all of the awesome memories he left them with. <3

  10. Eric Christensen

    My heart aches for all of the Horspool family and those close to Josh. The world is definitely a little sadder without his amazing personality and charisma. Spending time with Josh and the Horspool family was a fun, encouraging, judgement free time and you are all close to my heart. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for all of the Horspool family, my deepest sympathy goes out to Mishaun and your kids as well as Mom, Dad, Jason and Jana. I hope you find peace and happiness in the time you had with Josh and the knowledge that we will see him again. As with everyone, I have my own Josh stories and they make me smile when I think of him and the times we had together. I hope to be there for his celebration to share and hear all the awesome stories and celebrate his life. FORE, playing though, love you Josh.

  11. Jan King

    Words cannot describe how I have felt since Josh passed away. I have known Mishaun, Josh and their family for 22 years. In that time i learned to love them like my own. I always marveled at the way Josh treated Mishaun and their children. The love, respect and care that he gave them was one in a million. Handsome, fun loving, patient, caring I could go on and on. Love you all very much and best wishes for what’s ahead.

  12. John Allen

    So sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. Mishaun, our prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Brody Crosson

    Dang such sad news Josh and I were friends in Elementary school all the way through high school. His parents were always supportive of his love for sports and his dad was our baseball coach. The world as well as the Hoesepool family has lost a great man.

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