Calvin (Cal) Rotas Durfey

Calvin (Cal) Rotas Durfey passed away at home on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in St. George, Utah. He was born in Bicknell, Utah to Rotas S. Durfey and Ethel Heaps Durfey on March 8, 1936.  He grew up on the family farm outside of Bicknell graduating from Wayne High School in 1954.  After graduating from high school and attending college for one semester he enlisted in the U. S. Navy where he served honorably for four years. In 1956 he married Shanna Rae Mathis of Loa, Utah in the Salt Lake Temple. They had five children Douglas (Joan) Durfey, Dana (Daryl) Brooks, Dexter (Candice) Durfey, Diane Mathis-Durfey and David (Kimberly) Durfey. Shanna passed away in 1988 in St. George, Utah.  In 1989 he married Ann Pratt in the St. George Temple. Ann’s three children James (Jennifer) McCormick, Cynthia (Frank) Duty and Amelia (Shane) Haycock were added to his family.

Cal was an educator having taught in the public schools and worked as an administrator in Utah and Canada for thirty seven years in addition to teaching university classes at several universities. He also served as an elected member of the school board in the Washington County School District. He held an Associate’s degree from Southern Utah University, a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Utah and a Doctorate from Brigham Young University and remained a true BYU Cougar for the remainder of his life.

Cal was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many callings during his life time.  He and Ann served one local service mission and three foreign missions (South Africa, Germany and Hong Kong) together. He also served in the St. George temple for several years.

Cal is survived by his wife, Ann, his eight children, 39 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on  Friday, July 26, 2019, at the St. James Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,1095 St. James Lane, St. George, Utah, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held on Thursday evening, July 25th from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Spilsbury Mortuary and Friday one hour prior to the service at the Church.  Burial will be at the St. George Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Cal requests donations be made to: Washington County School District Foundation, 121 West Tabernacle, St. George Utah 84770, or online

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Cal’s online guestbook at



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St. James Chapel
1095 St. James Lane
St. George, UT


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St. George 700 E. Tabernacle St., St. George, UT

Guest Book

11 Responses

  1. David Durfey,

    We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Jonathan, Shandi, and Jania

  2. We are Forever Grateful for Cal and his devotion and love, given to Steve these last few years. The visits to school district friends, Pizza Factory and In and Out for lunch, the lectures, the basketball games etc. etc. Love You Forever Cal❤️
    Steve and Sylvia Peterson

  3. Dear Ann, I am sorry to read of Cal’s passing and know that he will be near you and give you comfort throughout your life. Reading his obituary, you have had many special experiences together throughout the world and in the temple which you will treasure. My love and sympathy to you and your family.
    Jan Asay
    Sandy, Utah

  4. Both Norman and I taught school when Cal worked in Central Office. He was an excellent Administrator and a kind and friendly man. Shanna was involved in theatre with our family and was such a talented lady!! A SPECIAL family!!

  5. Thinking of the Durfey family during this hard time. We are praying for your family. We love you.
    The Swanson’s

  6. I remember the first time I met Calvin and Shanna, we were both living in Cedar City for a while. We got together a few times for dinner and games and visiting. Then when they were in Cardston, Calvin was my parents Bishop. They grew to love him very much. We had a some great times with them having picnics with our families when our kids were younger. My boys still talk about those times. Thanks Calvin and Shanna.

  7. What a dear and treasured friend we have lost. We loved seeing Cal when we would be out working in the yard or garage and stopping to catch up on one another’s lives! Cal and Ann made us feel so welcome on Point Drive and we will think of him every time we look out the window at his home. Cal was a wonderful, inspiring example of a great neighbor and friend. We will miss him!

  8. Cal was an example to me. He was always so nice to me and acted like he cared about what I was doing with my life and if I was happy with my job at Washington County School District. I will miss him in our ward.

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