Dorrel Fred Booth

Pine Valley/St. George, Utah – Dorrel Fred Booth, 85, passed away March 28, 2020. Dorrel was born in St. George, Utah to Fred and Marie Lang Booth.  He married Arlene McArthur on September 21, 1955.

Dorrel was raised in St. George and was an accomplished athlete in high school.  When he started playing football, he asked his parents to come watch him play.  He explained the game to them and let them know he was the quarterback.  They showed up to watch the game and never saw him play.  He got knocked out in the beginning of the game and never made it back in.

Dorrel served in the Utah National Guard and eventually served in the US Army attaining the rank of Sargent.  After his service in the military he attended college and completed a master’s degree in Education from Norther Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dorrel started working for Clark County School district as an elementary teacher and eventually became a principal.  He retired in 1992 as the principal of Garrett Jr. High in Boulder City, Nevada.  As principal he made an impact on thousands of students’ lives, most were positive, and others were with his custom paddles made by the shop teacher!

After retirement he moved to Pine Valley while his house was being built in St. George, and he never left.  Dorrel loved Pine Valley, the draw to the mountains and hauling wood were ever present.  He served as a Lion for many years and was president from 2002-2003.  He loved to spend time with friends and had a great sense of humor.  He had a laugh that carried and Happy Hour at the Branding Iron wasn’t complete without Doc behind the bar.

Dorrel is survived by his wife Arlene and sons Jay(wife Kristine) and Kim(wife Jennifer) He is also survived by his grandchildren Amanda, Jessica, Eli(Cinthia), Hailey, Shea(Juan),Madelyn, Kay(Zoe), three great grandchildren, and his siblings Marvel Lynne, Craig and Kelly.  He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Marie and his brother Lloyd.

Private services will be held later this week.

Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St. St George, Utah 435-673-2454. You are welcome to sign his online guestbook at



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9 Responses

  1. Enjoyed his humor and opinionated conversations. He was a great asset to the Lions club. We have enjoyed our association over the years. Our thoughts are with you Arlene. Please take care ,we are so sorry for the loss of such a “character”.😢 Love to you and your children.

  2. Dorrel and I were great friends when we were Kids. We lived in the same neighborhood and got into the same trouble. I loved Dorrel’s mother. She put up with me and Dorrell and our antics. I will miss him even though we haven’t spent much time together as adults. My condolences to Arlene and family.
    Scott Graff
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  3. Arlene and family, Craig, Marvalyn and Kelly so sorry for your families loss. Dorrel will be missed by many. We always enjoyed our conversation with Dorrel.

  4. We send our love and sympathy to Arlene and the Booth family. We have been friends with both the Booth and the McArthur families growing up in St George and many memories of the good old school days at Woodard and Dixie H S. and attending church in the Tabernacle. The Booth family repaired our old ranch trucks for many years. May comfort and peace be with you in the coming days.
    Love Stan and Diane Esplin

  5. Both Bart and I loved Dorrell and enjoyed chatting with one another. A member of our crowd that provided a lot of personality.

  6. It’s always a shock to learn of a friend’s or acquaintance’s passing
    but then the knowledge that they lived a good honorable life brings a joy and happiness for them as they back home to God.
    He’ll be missed.

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