David Carl Shrum

David Carl Shrum, 81, passed away on June 4, 2021, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease with his wife by his side. David was born March 1, 1940, in Rapid City, South Dakota to Carl Shrum & Katherine Jacks.

David grew up in Buffalo, Wyoming. His father operated a logging and sawmill company which sparked a lifelong work ethic and propensity for a variety of skills that would influence his vocation. He graduated from Kanab High School. During high school, he participated in football, track, basketball, and student government. David graduated from College of Southern Utah (SUU) with an Associate of Science degree in Business. While at CSU, David was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

David’s military service was in Army Aviation. While serving, he became a private and commercial pilot. He purchased a Ground school and taught flight instruction.

David started his career as a commercial pilot. He later changed career paths and become an entrepreneur. David was successful as a surplus broker and land developer. In Southern Utah, his most notable projects were: South Bluff Street development, Canyon Breeze RV Resort, and his antique windmill display at his home on River Road.

David married his eternal sweetheart, Jelaine Blake, in the St. George Temple on January 22, 1983. David and Jelaine were proud of their “yours, mine, and ours” family and loved each child as their own.  They created cherished memories with their blended family. David enjoyed working and traveling with Jelaine. Together they built a beautiful and loving home for their family.

David was one of a kind, a literal ‘jack of all trades’, brilliant, resourceful, hilarious, ridiculously stubborn, and oh so great with people. He enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and antique collecting. He enjoyed owning and flying his airplanes. David loved his volunteer work at the Dove Center. He used his talents and skills to improve the lives of women and children at the center.

David had a strong testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. He enjoyed serving and had various callings such as Elder Quorum President, Executive Secretary, Ward Mission Leader, Young Men’s President, Cub Scouts, and High Priest Group Leader.

After David’s health began to decline, a decision was made for David and Jelaine to relocate to Provo, Utah to be with their daughter Ciara for assistance in caregiving. This was a great blessing, as he was surrounded by a loving and supporting ward family and neighborhood in his final years. The family would like to thank the Grandview 21st Ward for their acceptance, love, and tremendous support.

David is survived by his wife Jelaine, and seven children; Lee (Linda) Wood, Michal Ann Rechav, Jennifer (Ross) Fineman, Lauren (Andre) Butler, Gregory (Keesha) Brooks, Kaden Brooks, Ciara (Gary) Verón; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. David is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Anita, Ester, Carol, and Peggy.

Visitations will be Friday, June 11, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the River Ridge Ward Chapel, 912 South 1740 East, St. George, Utah 84790 with a visitation from 9:30 – 10:30 am prior to service. Interment will take place in the St George City Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah 84770, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign David’s guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.




6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Second Visitation

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (River Ridge Ward)
912 S 1740 E St. George, Utah


St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT

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11 Responses

  1. I thoughts and prayers are certainly with you and your family. I miss that man already. He was so good to our family. Love from John and Gloria (Anderson) Erdmann

  2. Jelaine and family, So sorry to hear about Dave. He was the greatest guy. Just know I am thinking of you and pray for you and your family. We will be out of town so I won’t be able to come to the viewing, but just know I love you!
    Deb Woodard

  3. Dear Family,
    David was a patient of mine. He also had a big smile and a joke to tell. Very tender man , shared his love 💕 for his wife, that he was lucky 🍀 to have her.
    Prayers and thoughts be with you.

    1. Janet thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prays, You always took good care of us and we miss those days. Love Jelaine and family

  4. I am eternally grateful for the love and acceptance your daddy showed my son i remember the first time Juj told me about the generosity and kindness of David. He and Jelaine were everything I could have ever hoped for my son to have as in-laws. He was a wonderful, accepting man who seemed to be very down to earth, as well as a loving man, who raised a strong, smart and capable woman as his daughter, and i am grateful my son had him for his father-in-law and my grandbabies had for a grandpa, and glad to know he always will be. i love you all.

  5. Dave was the kind of man you look forward to seeing because you knew you would leave in a better mood than before. I loved seeing him around my best friends house and basking in the love he spoiled us with…Always a joke to tell, always a giant smile to cheer you up, always an answer to a problem not easily solved. His genius knew no bounds as he could really do anything he put his mind to. I am so grateful we could share time together on this side of the veil. I’m looking forward to a joke on the other side.

  6. So sorry for your loss Jelaine & family. Our prayers & love go out to you at this time.

  7. It has been many years since we left our Morningside Ward and moved to Bloomington, but we have always had the happiest of memories of our relationship with Dave and Jelaine Shrum. We especially remember Dave’s infectious laugh and his joy for life … especially with his beautiful bride. The world has lost – but heaven has gained – a warm, funny, thoughtful, caring and gentle man. Our thoughts are with the Shrum family at this difficult time.

  8. Dear Jelaine and Family,
    Sending my love as we all remember dear Dave. I recall how he always made time to chat with me at church in the Morningside 3rd Ward. A special “Brother Shrum memory” is when he took our Young Women’s church group on a museum tour of his extensive collection of treasures located behind your River Road home.
    May you all be blessed with peace and hope as you trust dear Dave unto God.
    Love, Dinah Scott

  9. Jelaine and family,

    We just learned about Dave’s passing and we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dale and Janice Willoughby

  10. Jelaine and Family, I’m so very very sorry for your loss. David is my first cousin. I’ve been trying to find him for awhile now. He came to visit us as a young man in Bixby, OK just outside of Tulsa. As a young girl I thought he had to be the best looking young man in the world. He was so kind to me and I’ve always loved him. My father Russell Jack’s and David’s mother were brother and sister along with Cal Jacks their brother. Paul Jacks and Nora Jacks were his grandparents. Just can’t imagine the heartbreak and loss your family is feeling for these amazing man with his kindness and great smile. If you happen to know what his mom Catherine died from I would love to know. All our relatives that would know have past away. My own daughter has MS. Was wondering if perhaps it was the same. You can reach me on Facebook under Linda Jacks Lewis., or by phone 918 200 2867. Again…. I’m so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. Love and prayers to you and your precious family.

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