Douglas Claude Abbott

Washington, Utah –

Douglas Claude Abbott, 80, of Washington, UT, passed away on November 18, 2021. He was born to Claude Abbott and Marjorie Bowler on April 09th, 1941.  He married his sweetheart Gennilee Kahle on August 31st 1962.

Doug and Genny stayed in Las Vegas until 1972 when they moved their family of 4 to the small town of St. George, UT.  He was a journeyman pipefitter by trade where he excelled in making gates, staircases, and… babies. Doug and Genny went on to have 6 more children while also raising 4 of Genny’s siblings and many others along the way.

Dad loved to go hunting and for us kids it was the best family vacation you could ask for.  Dad made sure no kid was left behind, even if that meant wearing them on his back with 6 or 7 little ones trailing behind him. Although it sounds chaotic and less than ideal, it’s important to note that grandpa was always the one who came home with the biggest buck. He loved being outdoors, whether he was working on his garden where he found solace, or enjoying the beauty of southern Utah. He was a simple man with only a few prized possessions; his family and the mountings on his wall. Materialistic things were not important to him, time and people were.

Grandpa was a captivating storyteller and the ultimate prankster. There wasn’t much that came out of his mouth that wasn’t witty, often getting him in trouble but always making people laugh. More than anything else, he was a lover. He loved fiercely and with his whole heart.

He is survived by his beautiful wife Gennilee Abbott of 60 years, 8 children, 20 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Jeff and Jen of Scottsdale, Az

Becky and Bryan Smethurst of St. George, UT

Chris of Salt Lake, UT

Matt of Dutch John, UT

Gena and Justin Tripp of St. George, UT

Nicki Abbott of St. George, UT

Emilee and Josh Faulkner of St. George, UT

Mason and Lexi of St. George, UT

He is preceded in death by his parents Claude and Marjorie Abbott, his son Scott Abbott, his daughter Kimberly Patterson and grandson Kacy Abbott.

There will be a visitation on Friday, November 26, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

A second visitation will be on Saturday, November 27, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, YSA East Stake Center, 441 S 2200 E, St. George, Utah.

The funeral service is on Saturday, November 27, 2021, 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, YSA East Stake Center, 441 S 2200 E, St. George, Utah.

Interment will be on Saturday, November 27, 2021, 12:00 pm in the Washington City Cemetery, 300 Park View Drive, Washington, Utah.

Friends and family that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service for Mr. Abbott online by clicking the Zoom link below:

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 sign Douglas’s online guest book at



6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Second Visitation


11:00 am


First Visitation:
Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT

Second Visitation:
10:00 am – 11:00 am 11/27/2021
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
441 S. 2200 E.
St. George, UT

Funeral Service:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
441 S. 2200 E.
St. George, UT


12:00 pm
Washington City Cemetery, 300 Park View Dr., Washington City, UT.

Guest Book

8 Responses

  1. You are a great man Doug. You always shared your time and talents with those around you, and you were a great neighbor and friend. Thank you for your great example of service and kindness. May god be with your family and loved ones.

  2. Big brother Doug. I will miss the hugs and kisses that you freely gave. I will always remember our little conversations. You were always a man of few words. Your sweet smile and wink when someone would tell a story that you knew was a little not quite right. The biggest tease ever. Love you big brother and please give mom, dad and Harold my love. Keep watching over us. 💗 Claudia. (Todd’s).

  3. I love you so much daddy I’ll never forget you you’ll always be in my heart ♥️ I love you always and forever dad til we meet again on the other side I know you’re watching over mom and the rest of the family, thanks for everything you did for me I already miss you so much dad . Say hi to Kim and Scott and of course your dad love ❤️ y’all REST IN PEACE ☮️

  4. R .I. P. Uncle Doug we all will miss you tell we meet again you will always be in are heart ❤️ forever and not be forgotten fly high. you are evey one Angel and you are over every one watching us. He is up there with my mom. . .

  5. My heart goes out to the Abbott family. I know he will be missed……Doug , I want to thank you for some of those lectures you gave Scott and I when we were kids, You were one of those people who I had the utmost respect for. You were a great parent and father as well as a great role model. May you rest in peace…

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