David Watt Purser

David “Dave” was born on September 22, 1935, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to Lucius Davis Purser and Mary Kate (Johnson) Purser. He passed away on March 13, 2020, at the age of 84 in his city of residence St. George, Utah. He was married to June Edith (Peel) Purser on November 3, 1959, in Oceanside, California.

Dave was raised in Grove’s, Texas and served in the Air Force from 1954-1957. He lived in San Pedro, California where he was a Principal Accountant for the City of Los Angeles. Dave and his beloved wife June raised all three of their children in California and resided there until they retired to St. George, Utah, in 1992.

One of Dave’s many favorite things to do was square dancing with his wife, June. They square danced all over the country and met a lot of lifelong friends through those times as well. Dave loved to play games with his family whether it was playing corn hole outside, nerf gun fights or dominos inside. His family was everything to him. He loved spending time with his six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Dave had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years June, three children Lori (Samuel) Roselli, Thomas (Julie) Purser, Ruth (W. Jason) Hickman. Brother Hugh (Barbara) Purser. Six grandchildren Kelly Feldsine, Jacob (Lakeysha) Bellflower, Adam (Shannon) Bellflower, David (Autumn) Purser, Cody (Jana) Stone, Casey (Hannah) Stone, and eight great grandchildren.

We would like to give a special thanks to Dixie Hospice for the care that was given to Dave. Victoria and Aimee were angels throughout his time in their care. He absolutely adored them both, and his face would light up any time he saw them.

Graveside Service will be Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George City Cemetery, St George, Utah. Due to Federal mandate regarding COVID-19, Spilsbury Mortuary is limiting physical attendance for services to immediate family only until further notice.

Family and friends are invited to sign an online guest book at- www.spilsburymortuary.com



Second Visitation




2:00 p.m.
St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

13 Responses

  1. Dave and I work for the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for many years. When Dave & June moved to St. George we kept in touch all of these years. When passing through St. George I always made sure that I stopped by for a visit at their house. It was a pleasure to get to see the Dave and June during the visits. I would like to come up for the services but with the travel restrictions I know that will not be possible. I will say some prayers for the family especially for June. Take care.

  2. We will miss you Dave. You were a wonderful friend and an excellent Square Dancer. Look in on us from time to time.
    Blessings to you in the great hereafter, Love Romie and Karen Brandli

  3. June,
    Thank you for sharing Dave with us at Cracker Barrel. My condolences to you and your family.

  4. Dave was a fun friend, with a great sense of humor. The thing that stands out in our memory of him is that he loved to eat dessert first. We never saw anyone else do that! We send our heartfelt condolenses to family and friends. We hope your memories will grow ‘sweeter’ as time goes by, and be a source of comfort to you. He will be sorely missed! We are so very sorry for your loss! Sending ‘healing’ hugs, Lois and David

  5. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dave over my 13 years at the Port of Los Angeles. I owe Dave much gratitude for it was his advise to me, back then, that served me well in my 33 year career with the City of Los Angeles. He told me to “take every single civil service exam that you qualify for, whether you want that position or not. You’ll get Practice on taking exams and Learn what it is they are looking for”. I did, and rose through the ranks quite well. Thanks to Dave. He was always approachable, Frank and often funny.
    I wanted to attend the Services, I really did but, these current restrictions and risks have ruined that idea. Pleas know that my thoughts and prayers are truly with June, Lori and all the family.

  6. I got to know Dave & June shortly after they moved to St George as they moved into our neighborhood. It wasn’t long before they were on the floor learning how to square dance. It was always a pleasure to see them on the dance floor and in church. I consider them good friends and have missed seeing them on the dance floor since my return to calling. Dave always had a way of giving me a hard time jokingly. I have enjoyed his friendship and that of his wife June.

    Prayers to June and the family. May you continue to live off of the memories you’ve made in this life, until you’re reunited again. Families are forever.

    Our sincere sympathies and love,
    Scott and Valerie Smith

  7. We miss you, Dave. Hope we see you in heaven some day. We have been thinking about all the things we have done together including several very pleasant & happy trips. You were a great friend & we loved dancing in a square with you right to the last one you danced!
    Love you,
    Alice & Dave

  8. Dave, We are missing you, but have been thinking of all the good times we had together. Like the time we first went to West Yellowstone & danced to Jerry Jestin. That became something that most of the Club did yearly after that. The two tours we took with you & June were to the British Isles & Greece & Rome. We played Mexican Train often as well as Square Dancing with you. You have always been a great friend with a very neat sense of humor. Both of you Dave,s loved to play Golf with each other.
    Be happy in heaven. Love & Hugs, Alice & Dave

  9. Dave was a great friend and mentor. My mother, Jackie, and Dave worked together at the City of Los Angeles and were great friends. Dave and June were raising their young kids at the same time my mom was raising my sister & I, and they would compare notes! Dave would come over and fix things at our house because that was just the way he was! After becoming a young adult, I, too, started working for the City. Dave took me under his wing and made sure I was treated fairly and was promoting to better positions. Many, many times I would be sitting in Dave’s office laughing at his jokes and his crazy sense of humor. We became life-long friends just like my mom & Dave were. Dave would write and call even after we all moved to different States. He would always ask about how my mom was doing before she passed. I will miss Dave dearly, but he will always be a part of me.
    Take care, June, my heart is with you.

  10. We had the amazing opportunity of getting to know Dave and June thru a program called Rock Steady Boxing, designed for those dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. What a joy Dave was to have in our group! From his sense of humor to his stubbornness and hard working attitude. We love you Dave! Your RSB St. George Family

  11. What a great man. Enjoyed square dancing with he and his good wife. Kelly and Sheila Dutton He is missed.

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