Donald Ray Randall
08/14/2021

Washington, Utah, Donald Ray Randall, age 88, passed away August 14, 2021. He was born February 23, 1933, in Enterprise, Utah to Henry and Mary Ida Alger Randall.

He was raised in Enterprise with his four brothers and four sisters. He graduated from Enterprise High School. While working in Las Vegas, farming in Enterprise and getting ready to attend college, he was drafted. After serving our country in the United States Army he returned home and went to work in Las Vegas.

He married Barbara Ann Cooper (later divorced) in 1958. They were blessed with three children, Donny, Bobby, and Mary. Their marriage was latter solemnized in the St. George temple.

Don bought a farm in Beryl, Utah and spent the next ten years farming. He sold the farm and moved to St. George, Utah where he worked for the D.I. Ranch. Don had horse racing in his blood, and it was a very big part of his life. He was instrumental in the building of the Dixie Downs Racetrack. His next thirty-five years was spent raising racehorses and running Sunset Canyon Ranch. During this time, he married Joan Bell Park. She brought with her three children, Jill, Joel, and Julie, whom he loved as his own. They spent their years racing horses and traveling and spending time with their many grandchildren until she passed away in 2005.

Don was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was currently serving as the ward greeter, which is surprising for how quiet and soft-spoken he was. Don was a member of the St. George Lions where se served as Rodeo Chairman and twice as the Race Chairman. He served as the Lions Club President and was the Grand Marshall for the Dixie Round Up. He spent eight years on the Horse Racing Commission Board for the State of Utah.

Don was a very loving and generous man. His generosity was shown to many who benefited from his love of gardening. As much as he enjoyed caring for his garden, which included over 100 tomato plants, he loved to share the fruits (or vegetables) of his labor even more.

He also enjoyed spending time hunting, watching rodeos and horse races, and enjoying most mornings with his lifelong friend Lamar Miller.

He is survived by his children, Donny (Kristen) Randall, Bobby (Shauna) Randall, Mary (Chris) Nelson, Jill (Scot) Walter, Joel (Milly) Park, Julie (Rob) Mower, 25 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and four on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and loving wife Joan of 27 years.

There will be a visitation on Friday, August 20, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. A second visitation will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington 4th Ward, 82 N Main Street, Washington, Utah.

The Funeral service will be Saturday, August 21, 2021, 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington 4th Ward Chapel.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online. Please click on the link below

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88222147954

Interment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to go online and sign Don’s guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

Services

Visitation

5:00 – 7:00 pm
08/20/2021

Second Visitation

Services

11:00 am
08/21/2021

Address

Second Visitation
Saturday, August 21, 2021
9:30-10:30 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Washington 4th Ward
82 N Main Street
Washington, Utah

Cemetery

3:00 pm
08/21/2021
Enterprise City Cemetery

Guest Book

6 Responses

  1. I am so so sorry for your loss. Gpa Don was one of the best guys around!! I’ll miss seeing him when I come to town. He always made me smile. Great man!!! Much love and hugs to all.

  2. Don Randall is a special memory from my childhood. My father was a crop duster and we sprayed the hay patches around Don’s farm at Beryl. He let my family ride a horse that didn’t seem to get ridden much. The first time I rode him he headed straight to a huge puddle left by the sprinklers that watered the hay fields. The horse was determined that he was not going to be ridden. He laid down in the middle of the biggest puddle and almost rolled the saddle off his back. I was covered in mud and walked back to Don’s holding tightly to the reins. My Dad thought that he could show me how to make the horse do what I wanted him to do. So he hosed the mud off the horse and headed off to where I had ridden him. About 20 minutes later my Dad returned covered in mud. So Don decided that he would teach the horse a lesson. He headed to that same mud hole. Once again the horse dumped the rider in the puddle. But Don got right back on the horse and made sure that the horse was not going to get away with that behavior. He tried several times and each time he was dunked in the mud hole. About an hour later here came Don on the back of the horse who had been taught that his mud hole antics would not be tolerated. He told me to take him for a ride back to the mud hole. The horse didn’t dare roll in the mud hole. It was a miracle! Don had shown him who was the boss. I was able to ride that horse at least once a week most of that summer. It was a great treat to be able to ride. I will always remember how much patience he had to get that horse and any other horse do what he wanted them to do. Many times I saw a horse see Don come near the fence and the horse would be there to greet him. You could tell that he loved the horses and they loved him. I will never forget him.

  3. So sorry for your loss. I met him one time and he seemed to be such a wonderful man. My prayers are with your family at this time.

  4. Your Pa lived a wonderful life. Even in those situations that others would deem a crisis, he was calm and poised. He just always did what needed to be done.
    We know how much he loved all of you, children, step-children, grands and great-grands. You made him very proud.
    Our hearts are with you as you celebrate his life and express relief at his being out of pain. He will forever be etched in the hearts of all of us at the Sunset Canyon Ranch.
    Hank and Vickie Moyle

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