Donald Jex Woolley
09/12/2021

Washington, Utah: Donald Jex Woolley, 80, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, surrounded by his family after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born July 26, 1941, to Allan Claude Woolley and Catherine Jex in Napa, California.  He married Carol Lee Duke (Kelly) on June 12, 1964, in the Los Angeles temple.

Don was raised in Napa and graduated from Napa High School. He served a mission in the Central States mission as a young man and then went on to serve 6 missions with his sweetheart, Kelly. Don worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 33 years and raised his family mostly in upstate New York. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in several leadership positions. His wisdom and servant leadership made an impact with everyone he associated with.

He and his wife retired to St. George in 2000 where he acquired a love of 4 wheeling with his new-found friends. Don was an avid sports fan and was the “go-to” guy for anyone with a car problem. His yard and his cars were always immaculate.

Don and Kelly have 6 children and he is a beloved Papa to 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly and children, Allison (Steve Olson), (James Stapel), Jeff (Stacie), Kristin, Catherine (Doug Jensen) and Mark (Jill). He is preceded in death by his parents, Allan and Catherine Woolley, daughter, Wendy, and son-in-law Thomas Tormey Jr.

Don was a devoted neighbor, friend, father and husband. He set out each day with a goal to help someone in need and was successful every day. He left a legacy of service and kindness for each of us to follow.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington Fields 1st Ward, 1835 South Washington Fields Road, Washington, Utah.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, 10:00 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-Day Saints chapel, 1835 South Washington Fields Road, Washington, UT.

Interment will take place following the funeral service at the Washington City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dixie Hospice who supported our family through the final days for which we are forever grateful.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign Don Woolley’s online guest book at http://www.spilsburymortuary.com

Services

Visitation

6:00 – 8:00 pm Washington Fields 1st Ward
09/15/2021

Second Visitation

Services

10:00 am
09/16/2021

Address

2nd Visitation
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Washington Fields 1st Ward
1835 South Washington Fields Road
Washington, Utah

Funeral Service
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Washington Fields 1st Ward Chapel

Cemetery

11:00 am
09/16/2021
Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Drive
Washington, Utah

Guest Book

14 Responses

  1. Don is my Hero, a Great family leader. He was always willing to give an listening ear and share his knowledge of anything you had a question about. Very developed family member. Always willing to help or explain how to most anything.
    Don, you will be truly missed and am sure you are having a great reunion with family and friends. We Love you very much.

  2. I will always treasure the time we had. You’ve been an amazing uncle,full of wisdom and always willing to share it with me. Even to the very last moment you were able to share some more of your wisdom with me. You will continue to be an amazing example to me even after your gone. Like my dad said you will still be our hero. Love and miss you already uncle Don. Thank you for being a great man. Someone I could come to with any question and you’d teach me how to find the answer and solve the problem. You’ll be forever missed.

  3. Don was a dear friend and a wonderful example of how to live a Christlike life. He never put himself ahead of others. Even in death he trusted the plan and accepted it. Lee Will miss their precious lunches together and fixing whatever was broken. We will both miss spending time with Kelly and Don and will forever cherish our friendship. We’ll see you on the other side Don. Much love to you, Kelly, and all your amazing children!

  4. You were always an example of service to others!. I sure do appreciate all the times you mowed my lawn. There was something about the way YOU did it that made it look perfect. I know you and your family will be blessed for all your service. See you on the other side Don!

  5. We know you will be missed dearly by your family and friends Don. We send our love and prayers to you all. We have many wonderful memories of the Woolley family in NY and how Don served so faithfully.

  6. Sending love, hugs and prayers to the Woolley family. As a teen, Bishop Woolley arranged a cross country trip to Utah to attend General Conference. It strengthened my testimony greatly and had made a difference in my life.

  7. We met Don & Kelly many years ago at one ( of many ) of their family reunions. He & Kelly are special people and we know that Lucille & Rodney Ibey always looked up to them. So sorry for your loss. He is resting peacefully, and possibly visiting with my Eugene.

  8. How I love Bishop Woolley. He was my bishop when I was a teenager. His leadership and love made a huge difference in my life. He really loved the youth and I’m sure made great sacrifices to spend so much time with us. I contribute much of who I am today because of him. I love you all and so very sorry for this loss.

  9. How I love Bishop Woolley. He was my bishop when I was a teenager. His leadership and love made a huge difference in my life. He really loved the youth and I’m sure made great sacrifices to spend so much time with us. I contribute much of who I am today because of him. I love you all and so very sorry for this loss.

  10. Brother Woolley provided me with an example of kindness and service and faithfulness in only a few short meetings. His son Jeff is a dear friend and the times that I was able to interact with his father were helpful to me. He provided quiet yet supportive advice, lent a hand for car repairs, and just listened when we were together. It helped me and I thank him for being a kind person. My prayers for his family and my thoughts of wonderful memories as well.

  11. We loved our association with Don and your family. We will cherish the time we spent together in Fairport, New York. Don taught us much about service to our fellowmen. He was a wonderful Bishop, referee (youth basketball), and friend. His knowledge about cars, trailers and boats were legendary. May you, the family, feel the Savior’s love at this difficult time.

  12. We cherish the time we spent with Don and family in Fairport, New York. He was a wonderful Bishop, referee (youth basketball) and friend. His knowledge about cars, trailers, and boats was legendary. We will miss his weekly update each Sunday morning. May the Savior’s love be with all of you in this most difficult time.

  13. So many memories and so much appreciation 💗. Babysitting kids. Learning to make rolls from scratch from Sister Woolley. Temple trips to DC. Ice cream cones too big to finish. Testimony time at girls camp. Cleaning up vomit while babysitting. Loving counsel. Shadow leadership. Laughter and tears. TPing. Smithsonian visits. Marriage advice.
    Years later… Visits in Texas and hugs and reminiscing. Rare but treasured phone calls or emails. Much love to all of the Woolley family.

  14. Several of my sons and I had the opportunity to home teach the Woolleys. We enjoyed our visits for numerous years. Don was always blessing others whether it be mowing their lawn, helping repair something or just stopping for a visit as a neighbor and friend. He will be missed. Our condolences. Les and Terry Holden family.

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