Cleo Kent Connell

On the morning of January 17, 2020, Cleo Connell passed away unexpectedly. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Cleo Kent Connell was born July 7, 1933 in Washington, Utah to Christian and Matilda (Turnbough) Connell. He was the second of seven children. Cleo attended Woodward High School in St. George, UT. Following graduation, he was drafted into the military and sent to Korea for 2 years. When he returned home, Cleo worked various jobs, including groundskeeper, gas station owner and eventually firefighter.

Cleo met and married his beloved wife of 52 years, August 12, 1967. They had five children. When not at work he would take the family to their cabin on Cedar Mountain or the ranch in Alamo, NV. Cleo “retired” as Captain from the North Las Vegas Fire Department after 26 years of service. He returned to work the ranch that he loved until his passing.

Cleo taught his children and grandchildren the value of a hard day’s work, to serve others, and help those in need. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.

Cleo was preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Matilda Connell; sisters, Faye Connell and Barbara Guin; brothers, Robert Connell, Deon Connell and Guy Connell and grandson, Jeffrey Herman.

Cleo is survived by his wife Jeniel (Brinkerhoff) Connell; two daughters and three sons: Leann (Jeff) Herman, Jodean (Budd) Scow, Dale Cox, Kent (Toni) Connell, Cody Connell; 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Larry (Dorothy) Connell.

Funeral services will be held in Alamo, NV, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (NV time) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center Chapel, 49 Purple Sage Ave, Alamo, NV. A visitation will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services.

After the services we welcome those who want to leave their brand on Cleo’s casket to step up and bring their branding irons.

Additional visitation and Graveside service will be held Monday, January 27, 2020. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Washington City Cemetery, Washington, UT.

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George (435) 673-2454.



9:00 to 10:30 am (Nevada time)

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 a.m.


11:00 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center
49 Purple Sage Ave
Alamo, NV


11:00 am
Washington City Cemetery

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7 Responses

  1. I remember Cleo so fondly and being so amazed that he was a ‘real live’ firefighter! And I remember a very very good man, honest, decent and such a loving father. It is so lovely to know how much family surrounds him on this journey. It was a life well-lived. All my love. Cara Dee

  2. My deepest condolences to all his family and friends Jesus has called him to his glorious place RIP Mr Cleo connel.

  3. Cleo was like a second father to me he helped teach me about hard work and what your word means thanks for all the lessons and great times Rest In Peace my old friend I love the memories

  4. Joel McAllister-Sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing he’s been a good friend for many years I’ll try to make it to the services

  5. Our deepest sympathy and love goes out to the Connell family. Cleo will be truly missed in the our community.
    Paul & Roanne Christian

  6. To the Connell family: I am so sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing. Cleo was the first person to befriend me and my family when we moved into Pahranagat Valley in the early to mid 80’s. He will forever be considered one of the Greatest Men that I’ve had the distinct honor of ever knowing. Rest in Peace Cleo.

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