Alma DeRay “Buggs” Monson

Alma DeRay “Buggs” Monson passed away on September 27, 2021, in St. George, Utah after a brief illness.  He was the oldest son born to A. Dale and Dayle Jensen Monson in Preston, Idaho on November 21, 1940.

He married Neva Victor on June 1, 1962, and from that union two sons were born. Dan (Sandy) and Chad (Vickie, deceased).   He married Brenda Beck in November 1971.  Both marriages ended in divorce. He married JoAnn Chambers on November 9, 1984, and they moved to St. George in March of 1985 where they built a fabulous life together.  His youngest brother Terry (Shelley) already called Utah Dixie their home and the following year their parents joined them. His brother Bob (Susan) remained in Ogden where the family was raised but visited often.

Bugsy’s favorite job was being a golf professional.  At south gate golf course, he and Mike Smith taught the first “JAG” (Junior Association of Golfers).  He also ran the first golf tournament for the Huntsman senior games.  He moved to Dixie college to teach the Elder Hostel and Sun Deseret Golf Academy.

Golf was his game!  He was good at it especially on the 19th hole. He made many lifelong friends thru the years some going back as far as grade school.

He leaves behind his wife Jo Ann, his puppy Cowboy and their two sons. Dan (Sandy) and Chad.   He was so proud of his grandchildren Justin, Brandon (Hailey), Krysten, Sydney and Chase.  He also leaves his two brothers and their families and his many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his Ohio family. Dan (Maryann) Chambers, Mike Chambers, Noreen Chambers, Dan Duncan, and Don & Judy Pero.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Vicki, sister-in-law Boni Chambers, Karen Duncan and his In-laws Bob and Ann Chambers.

In lieu of flowers, a remembrance in Buggs name to JAG “Junior Association of Golfers” program City of St. George at 1975 Tonaquint Dr., St. George, Utah 84770.

A celebration of life will be held November 6, 2021, 10:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the Celebration of Life online by clicking on the link below.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Family and friends are invited to sign Bugsy’s online guest book at




Second Visitation


10:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


Guest Book

11 Responses

  1. I am so sorry for your loss, my favorite thing about Uncle Buggs was his hugs, you knew there wouldn’t be many (I was a flight away and you know how he felt about flying), so his hugs always felt like he was trying to give you all his love to last until he saw you again.

  2. Jo Ann – my heart is with you – your Bugsy was quite a guy and will no doubt be missed by so many. We will be out of town on November 6, but hope you know that both Wendel and I appreciate your kindness to us. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love. May you walk that bridge often as you carve a life ahead. Hugs and Love – Kerry and Wendel Burt

  3. Jo Ann we wish your best with prayers. He was an awesome man and great neighbors for my mother. May he rest in peace. If you need anything please let me know.

  4. Hi JoAnn, our condolences and prayers goes out to you and your families. God bless. 🙏♥️🙏

  5. My sincere sympathy for this loss. He was such a nice guy and was so nice to me when we visited you. You are in my prayers, and I hope to see you next summer.
    Karen Weinberg

  6. I’m so so sorry Jo Ann , Please know I am here for you. I value our friendship. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. – Love Sandy Reid

  7. Bugsy was a great guy. I remember when we were members of the Bloomington Country Club and after we got through playing golf he would yell how was your game. My condolences goes out to JoAnn Monson and family. He will be missed.

  8. Goodbye buddy, I’ll certainly will miss you, do you remember the time you found my gold money clip it had fell out of my pocket as a cross the bridge at Green springs golf course.
    Many a hand of Gin rummy have we
    God bless
    Your buddy
    Cecil wall

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