Alma Henry Truman

Alma Henry Truman passed away at the age of 92 on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Utah’s Dixie, his favorite place. He is survived by his four children, Teresa Orton (Sid), Arlene Mills (Sam), Cindy Bluemel (Ralf) and Brad Truman, also his brother Spencer Truman, and sister Helen Davis. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, his parents, brother Donald and sisters Ellen and Barbara.

Alma was born January 25, 1928 in St. George, Utah, the youngest son of Albert Henry and Ruth Foremaster Truman. He started school in Central, Utah with brothers Spencer, Donald and sister Barbara. His twin sisters Helen and Ellen came later. Alma finished his schooling in St. George after the family moved back in 1936. He was a graduate of Dixie High School and excelled in football and basketball. He was a lifelong sports fan.

He married Ruth Fawcett on May 31, 1947. He started driving truck for Milne Truck Line and Rocky Mtn. He then worked for the St George Gas Company delivering propane, and appliances for 10 years while also being a managing partner of the Sands Motel. Alma and Ruth sold the Sands Motel in 1973 and he began a career of working in tourism for Washington County, 5 County Association and the Utah State Travel Council.

Alma was the President of the St. George Motel Association for 6 years. He also served as the President of the Utah Motel/Hotel Association and received the “Motel Man of the Year” Award in 1972. He also served on the St. George City Planning commission.

He was the Exalted Ruler of the Dixie Elks Lodge in 1980-81 and served as the District Deputy for Utah South in1989-90.

In 1982 Alma and Ruth bought another motel in St. George and named it Dixie Palm. Alma continued working for Utah Travel Council and Color Country promoting Southern Utah Tourism. Upon Alma’s retirement he embarked on a business of tourism promotion which enabled him to travel all over the western United States.

Alma and Ruth enjoyed family life and had many hobbies. They owned horses and a cabin at Kolob where they went riding a lot. Alma started golfing at age 45 and continued until just last year. In 1981 he won the Exalted Rulers Trophy in the Utah State Charity Golf Tournament. During his lifetime he got two hole-in-one at the Dixie Red Hills Golf Course. He loved traveling and visiting far away grandchildren and friends.

The family expresses appreciation for Carlos Gutierrez, Victor Contreras and the manypeople who assisted Alma in the last five years since Ruth passed on.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:00AM at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St. St. George, Utah. Viewing will be prior to the funeral service from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Interment will be at the St. George Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of choice.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guest book at www.



8:00 – 9:30 am

Second Visitation


10:00 am


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


11:00 am
St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

5 Responses

  1. We will miss your smiling and friendly face, Alma. You were so good to us and welcomed us into your and Ruth’s home as we visited family in St. George over tens of years. Neoma and I enjoyed your friendship the 3 winters we lived in St. George, away from our Malad, Idaho home. We always looked forward to reading your entertaining Christmas newsletters, written with your own distinctive flair and flavor.. Also, I looked forward to seeing you, Ruth, and your friends on Wednesdays at the St. George Boulevard McDonald’s for breakfast every week. The jokes were great and some of the stories were almost true! We admired how you stayed as active as you could as long as you were able. That’s an example to us. Say hi to Ruth for us, now. — Love from Neoma (Mills) and Bob Bickers of Downey, Idaho.

  2. Glad I was one of your class mates. And related through Foremasters. Never dreamed we would
    be the last in our class. You always had that smile and happy attitude. Irene Prisbrey Slack.
    Just heard about you leaving today.

  3. We are sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. We send our sincere sympathy and condolences. I loved working with Alma planning the Foremaster family reunions. We are thinking of you.

  4. Our sincere sympathy and condolences on the passing of your dad. I loved getting to know him better as we planned the Foremaster reunions. We are thinking of you

  5. Thank you for your fellowship in the Morningside 6th Ward. May you be welcomed home to the arms of your Savior and your many loved ones.

    Jan and Donna Edwards

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