George Mansir Kehew

La Verkin – George Mansir Kehew, age 96, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was born August 17, 1923 in Harvey, Illinois to George H. Kehew and Blanche W. Holt Kehew.

George honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was married to Irma Dolores Smith which lasted over 72 years.

Kehew received his artistic training at the Chouinard School of Art and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. He was president of the San Diego Watercolor Society and has a California teaching credential for art, design and photography. Kehew is included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in the West.

Kehew is an accomplished watercolorist as well as an oil painter but preferred to paint with acrylics, a medium he said provides the virtues of both oil and watercolor.

He wrote and illustrated two children’s books with his son Roger Kehew: Brett the Collector and Tanker’s Quest.

Kehew uses his talents for activism whenever possible. Because of his research, and at times photography and written articles, he was able to save a marsh in Torrey Park in California from being filled in, an old bridge from being torn down and a historic road from being built over.  “To me this was the highlight of my life, I did some good with my art,” he said.

His paintings were shown on the CBS show “The Promised Land,” and he designed and directed an hour-long program for the television station KEBS in San Diego for a series titled “Art Around Us.”Kehew worked as the art director for the Scripps Applied Oceanographic Group where he dove in search of submarines. During this time, he discovered a love of the ocean and compares his current home in the desert to a dry ocean.

Kehew enjoys comedic art, wrote a comic strip called “Hamalot” that was published in newspapers nationwide. He also paints in comedy and has had his comedic work shown in galleries.

He won a competition to design the insignia for Northrop Grumman’s F-14 Tomcat flown by the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Squadron 1, the Red Wolf Squadron.

His recent awards in Utah were at the St. George Art Museum, the Springville Museum of Art, the annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, and the Southern Utah Art Guild. His work is also published in “A Century of Sanctuary, the Art of Zion National Park.” His work is collected nationally and abroad.                                                                       Of the many ribbons and awards for his art, Kehew said People’s Choice means the most to him, which he has already won twice in one year.

“When you get people’s choice that means your work’s accepted,” he said. “That to me is worth more than all the first prizes.”

George is survived by his wife, Dolores and son, Roger Kehew.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the La Verkin LDS Chapel, 300 West 100 South, La Verkin, UT. Interment will follow at the La Verkin City Cemetery, La Verkin, UT.

Arrangements are under the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George (435) 673-2454.



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4 Responses

  1. Oh how we loved to talk art with George! We will miss him! We pray you may find solace and peace knowing he lived his life well and loved his family. He’ll be active with his art on the other side, we’re sure! We will think of you often, and are so pleased to have his artwork in our home to remind us of him. May you feel the love that passes all understanding.

  2. Bob & Sherrie Spinelli
    We are both going to miss our dear dear friend. He was my wife’s painting buddy and art consultant. They shared many ideas about their craft. He loved sharing his sailing stories. I know he is sailing around in the clouds right now and telling jokes to the angels. We love and miss you dear friend, sail on to Jesus. And save a mooring for us.

  3. Sad to hear of George’s passing. He was a delightful man devoted to his family. And a wonderful artist too.

  4. What a dear friend and fantastic artist George was to everyone who knew him. George, Dorie and I spent hours together at Arrowhead Art Gallery talking about everything from painting to physics to philosophy. As an artist I will miss you, George, but continue to paint and honor your tremendous talent. With love, Mary

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