Darren S. Barlow

Hurricane, Utah – Darren S. Barlow, 58, beloved father, grandfather, son and brother, returned to his Heavenly Father on April 5, 2019.  Darren was the oldest of eight children born to Samuel E. Barlow and Bonnie S. Johnson on May 10, 1960, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Darren was raised in Missouri, Washington and Salt Lake City for most his life.  From a young age, Darren had a great love for hunting and fishing.  Following high school, Darren became a Master Plumber and excelled in his trade for many years.  Darren loved watching sports and was an avid University of Utah fan.  For the past six years, St. George was his home.  Recently, he worked for the city of St. George overseeing the maintenance, landscape and city park grounds.

Darren was a devoted “papa” and his greatest accomplishment and joy in this life were his children and grandchildren, whom he shared with former spouse Julie Nielsen.  Although Darren was a man of few words, his message in this life was one of pure love and acceptance.  The lessons we learned from him and the example he set were immeasurable.  He will forever be in our hearts and his life has left a footprint that will never be forgotten.

Darren is survived by his sons, Anson, James (Grace), Daniel (Britney) and grandchildren: Kayliana, Shaylee, Natasha, Taleah, Brandon, Brielle, Selena and Jonah Darren.  He is preceded in death by his daughter, Eliza, and his father, Samuel.  He is survived by his mother, Bonnie; step-father, Gary, who played an instrumental role in his life; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Holm Heritage Center located at 1065 North Carling Street, Hildale, Utah, at 11:00 am.  Friends may call on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6-8pm at Holm Heritage Center.  An additional opportunity to call on the family will be held on Saturday at Holm Heritage Center from 9:30 – 10:30am.  Interment at Isaac Carling Cemetery.

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



6:00-8:00 pm

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 am


11:00 am


Holm Heritage Center
1065 N. Carlin St.
Hildale, UT


12:30 pm
Isaac Carling Memorial Park
Colorado City, AZ

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Darren was a very Nice man. Well liked by all of the staff at the City of St. George Parks Division. He did a commendable job every week and never uttered a negative word. He was really easy to get along with and always, always, had a smile on his face and a warm personality.. Darren will be missed.

    Jerald Munk

  2. Wishing the entire family Peace and Spiritual Healing.
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand and comfort you at this difficult time.
    Steve Foisy

  3. Darren was a most beautiful specimen of youthful manhood. He was polite, determined, an athlete of outstanding capabilities, handsome, very strong physically, quick and fast yet never the type to show-off or bully. I will always remember him as one of the most gentle and gracious young men I’ve ever known and he with the support of his family and mother Bonnie his later life was made much better considering the problems he faced living life as an adult. He was/is a dear soul who touched my life in a most beneficial way and I’m proud to say he was the finest of nephews of which I have many. When thinking of Darren I will always develop a warm smile in remembrance of a sterling soul. He was deeply loved by many and offended none. A new emptiness arrives knowing he’s no longer living with us but, I’m fairly certain his ‘other self’ resides in a better place because of who he is. Yes, he still IS.

    Eslie O. Barlow

  4. My memories of Darren as a big brother are all very fond ones. He was always very genuine and kind. His passing is bittersweet for me, he will be greatly missed but at the same time he is freed from his handicaps and can move on. I am sure he is in a much better place and is very happy about it.

  5. Darren was truly a man without guile! Knowing him well, I feel like that I can say he had the greatest respect and consideration for his fellow human beings and he was absolutely an innocent, God-fearing man that we can all look to as an example, as stated in his obituary.

  6. As an older cousin, Darren’s loving spirit and accepting nature made a strong impact on me at a very young age. He had a way of seeing only the best in everyone around him and the differences he made on this world will continue on even in his absence. We will miss you.

  7. As a little sister, I have always had very tender feelings toward Darren. He was a very kind and considerate individual and also a sterling example of a man with dignity and respect for others. His passing is bittersweet…..
    Once more we have lost a loved one in death and we mourn, but we have hope in our hearts because we know that our separation is only temporary. We believe we are all eternal beings, and because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice we have a promise of immortal glory with our loved ones if we keep His commandments and live our lives uprightly before Him. No one we have ever lost is truly gone and if we live for it, we WILL see them again someday and what joy we will have in our reunion!

  8. I have many fond memories of Darren as an older brother, one of my earliest was learning the proper way to wash a truck! Darren was always kind, considerate and respectful. As a much younger sister he still took time to listen and talk; making me feel important, like an adult. He was an excellent example of love and grace!

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