Glen Belvin Blakley

Glen B. Blakley, 78, passed peacefully on December 31, 2020 at the St. George IHC Medical Center in St George, Utah. Born in Brookside, Kentucky, July 25, 1942, Glen was the eldest child and only son of Elmer and Reva (Anderkin) Blakley who predeceased him in death.

After graduating from Harlan High School, Glen joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sonderstrom Air Force Base, Greenland, during the Vietnam War. He served a two-and-a-half-year mission to Japan for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Glen attended BYU and graduated with an MFA in 1973. In 1976 Glen moved to St George, Utah where he became a professor of Fine Arts at Dixie State University, only ending his illustrious career upon his death. Beloved by students and faculty alike, Glen taught freely both in and out of the classroom for over four decades. He led hundreds of students and community members on art-focused trips around the globe. As founder of the St George Art Museum, first director and frequent judge of the St George Art Festival, and chairman and committee member of numerous local arts education programs, Glen worked tirelessly to enrich the culture of art in St George and throughout Southern Utah. He was the official photographer for the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) for many years. In 2008 NCECA presented him with the “Fellow of the Council” award. In that same year, Glen was presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude” honor by the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation in recognition for his support of education for the ceramic arts. Referred to by many as a mentor, teacher, master artist, and friend, he was a man who left behind an amazing legacy. Glen made an impact on everyone he met. He was always quick to lend an ear, a kind word, genuine encouragement, and a heartwarming smile. Glen never met a stranger and was always generous with his time and knowledge. His passing leaves a void in the community, the University, and the lives of all who knew him.

Glen is survived by his wife of 48 years, Catherine E. Blakley, his four children, Christopher Glen Blakley (Ember), Sharon Warren Riley (Paul), Diana L. Zu (Sam), Katrina Blakley, 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, sisters Janice Boyle (Tom) and Kathie Jones (Rick) and nephews Jeremy Jones (Brie) and Joseph Jones (Kayla).

The family would like to thank all of the healthcare workers at the St. George IHC Medical Center that graciously provided care during Glen’s two-week hospital stay; he commented daily on how wonderful and kind they were to him and how he was “their favorite patient.”

Funeral Service is private for Family only on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

Viewing will be Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm and on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Viewing is open to all that would like to attend.

Anyone who would like to view the funeral online, please log in to Type in the event number 44717 and password GBB2021.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at



5:00 to 7:00 pm


2:00 pm


Funeral Service Private Family Only
Spilsbury Mortuary
110 S Bluff Street
St. George, Utah 84770


3:00 pm
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Drive
St. George, UT 84770

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39 Responses

  1. A wonderful man that made an impact on my life. He will truly be missed. I know he’s with his Heavenly father, doing his work.

    Prayers to his family.

  2. I am sorry for your loss. Sometimes friendship is not intense, something that has its daily affects that are clear. Other friendship is spread over time. I am another who knew Glen, his smile and warmth, from NCECA, a national annual ceramics conference.
    I am not a comfortable member of many communities. For me the conference is special. I feel accepted and a part of it rather than apart from it. I am certain that it is the warmth of the membership that makes me feel included. Glen was a beaming light at the conference for me. He was a gem and a great man. I can’t imagine what it would be like to know him better and then lose him. You have my condolences and well wishes.

  3. So sorry for your lost .We love him dearly. And had many memories of him when we were growing up at Brookside ,Ky.

  4. Rest In Peace our special friend. May Heavenly Fathers peace be with all family members. Love coming your way.

  5. Glen was my FRIEND, guide, mentor, honest, teacher with the biggest heart, a brain overflowing with knowledge and he knew how to get people involved… Many times I found myself on committees I had no idea existed. What a fountain of encouragement you fed us in this town. Rest Glen…Bless dear Catherine and your family…we love you all for sharing Glen with all of us.

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of this very special mentor , friend and fellow artist. Glen has a very special place in my heart and in this of my husband and now, two grown sons. Thank you, my dear friend for enriching my life and ALL who had the fortune to know your warmth and gentle spirit. Love from our family to yours💜

  7. Glen,
    For the short time I got to know you while attending my first years at college, you made it a memorable experience for me. You treated me not only as a student but a friend. Your kindness grew on me as well as your talents, the enthusiasm you had for life, and teachings. I enjoyed our conversations we shared after class. I loved learning about your travels, life, and art. In art class you gave so much enthusiasm in teaching I can now finally say I learned something. Your greatest gift though was not just your special talent in the world of art, it was your heart. You brought smiles to people’s faces, opened doors for others creativity, inspired others to get out and explore, love and appreciate art. You touched a part of my life that I can now cherish for years to come. I sure will miss you!
    Your friend, Candace Giammona

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Professor Blakley was by far my most favorite professor. I took several classes from him as well as went on 2 of his art trips to California. He was the one to be with in Disneyland because he knew how to ride the most rides in the shortest amount of time!
    I am thankful for the privilege of knowing him and seeing his passion for the arts. He was truly a great man and I will miss him.

  9. Glen was true, kind and loving. A great professor and great overall person. Friend to many. Always had a kind hello and how are you today Mel.

  10. Glen was true, kind and loving. A great professor and great overall person. Friend to many. Always had a kind hello and how are you today Mel.

  11. Glen had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. I had some wonderful conversations with him . He was my mentor. Glen will always be in our hearts.
    Blessings to the family.

  12. Glen was a warm-hearted and kind soul who always had a smile on his face. He was my biggest fan and took the time to comment on my stories. He world even send me jokes from tome yo time to keep me laughing. Although I didn’t know him well I felt like he knew me. He will be greatly missed. I’m so sorry for your loss. May he rest on peace. God bless your family. He raised a great generation of children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren who will no doubt carry on his legacy!

  13. Glen was a warm-hearted and kind soul who always had a smile on his face. He was my biggest fan and took the time to comment on my stories. He would even send me jokes from time to time to keep me laughing. Although I didn’t know him well I felt like he knew me. He will be greatly missed. I’m so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. God bless your family. He raised a great generation of children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren who will no doubt carry on his legacy!

  14. Glen was my teacher, and one of the kind, wonderful people I loved at Dixie. He became a colleague to my husband, a much appreciated one. I love his work, and feel privileged to have some in my home. My condolences go to his family, I am so sorry you are without his warm smile and kind words. I cannot fathom a Dixie Art Department without Glen. He is fondly remembered and leaves a chasm.

  15. Glen touched my life in many ways. He was my Family Home Evening “Father” for my 2nd year at BYU. I will always remember his kindness, friendship, concern, and generosity. Then he met and married my friend, Catherine. I can still see her gorgeous smile and her graceful, ballerina-style greetings of Glen whenever he came courting. Three years later, Robert Shields was taking a pottery class from Glen when we started dating. Glen shared his positive opinion of me and, soon after, gave us a piece of his pottery as a wedding gift. In our stories of meeting and marrying, Glen always figured prominently as a catalyst. I know Rob (September 2018) and Glen have had a joyful reunion.

    To Catherine and their children, may your memories of Glen bring you happiness and comfort. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . “

  16. I’ll remember Glen for his kind and helpful way as an educator and friend. The California Art Trip was incredible and a favorite of mine as Glen made it fun and so very interesting. He will be missed at DSU and in this community. There’s only been one Glen Blakely. Rest in peace.

  17. My brother, Bruce Burningham, and I, along with the Board and members of the National K-12 Ceramics Exhibition Foundation, offer our utmost condolences to the Glen Blakley family. We especially note the loss suffered by Glen’s wife, Catherine Blakley and the Blakley children. We also recognize the loss to the tremendous circle of Friends and “family” that Glen has inspired and uplifted with his friendship, compassion, and quiet motivation in all his many spheres of influence.

    The National K-12 Ceramics Exhibition Foundation was always a soft spot in Glen’s heart at the annual NCECA( National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference. Glen’s support, motivation, implicit boosterism and outright cheerleading can never be measured for his personal impact on the overall success of the Nat’l K-12 Exhibition. Glen has been awarded by the Nat’l K-12 for his efforts and support in the past and plans are in motion to commemorate and celebrate Glen Blakley into the future with scholarships for deserving students and continued presence in the annual catalog and published posters.

    We love you Glen Blakley and will forever be looking for your smiles and twinkling eyes as we remember your tremendous contributions to our collective lives in so many ways. You have made each of us better through your actions. Now it is time for us to pass along the gifts you have shared individually and collectively.

    You are Loved and Missed! God Bless Glen Blakley and his Family!

  18. Glen was very caring and empathetic and treated everyone with kindness and respect. He always listened compassionately and was generous in his thanks. I will miss seeing him at the University. You have my condolences and sympathy for your loss.

  19. I was just a teenager babysitting for the Blakely’s. And we were in the same ward in Washington City. Some years ago I’d run into him while in St George. Always very kind to me. Catherine and kids Im so sorry for your loss. He was talented, kind man

  20. Glen has meant so much to our community as he has shared his rare talents, his teaching, his love of all things beautiful and uplifting. It has been such a special blessing to have associated with him throughout my career with the City of St. George, in promoting, producing and facilitating the arts, the Art Museum, the Art Festival and more.

    We who were taught, mentored, and inspired by this good man, this champion of the arts, will never forget him.

    God bless his family to feel peace.

  21. Your loss is heavens gain , so sorry to hear that my family lost another member. I always was thankful for such a talented
    Soul. Love always your cousin –Mike Blakley

  22. I always thought very highly of you and your talent kind soul
    And wonderful personality. Will miss you greatly
    Your aunt Betty blakley

  23. Glen Blakley was mi professor. My husband and I traveled with him many times. He was the kindest person we ever met and we considered him a family member. We love him dearly and we did not kept our love for him secret. We told him that several times. Our dear Glen: we miss you!!!

  24. Will always live with memories of Glen, of the joy he brought to every moment and every one he was around. He watched over his terrific family and his art family. His kindness taught others to be kinder.

  25. What an amazing human being. So full of knowledge and so willing to share it. Never knew a stranger. No matter what was happening he approached it with a twinkle in his eye’s and a smile that could make you wonder what he was up to. Glen lived his life giving , caring, teaching, learning, sharing, and so much more. He also loved telling jokes. Oh some of those jokes… I still remember the one he told about seeing a friend at the airport. He said, ” I yelled , Hi, Jack ! ” However I would have to recommend that one not repeat that joke, in this time, in public or at the airport. Glen could be given so many “titles” , all could begin with “amazing” in front. Amazing friend. Amazing husband, father, brother, uncle, friend. The list could go on and would be long. But one of his, as he would say, greatest accomplishments was his family. When he spoke of you Catherine, and your kids, you could hear his joy and see his pride. He loved you all so dearly. He loved life and he lived life. I am grateful to have crossed paths with Glen. I am sad, but that sadness will become joy again. Heaven has a new angel and we have yet another guardian, to watch over all of his family and friends. To his family thank you for sharing his time with me and with so many. May you find the peace and happiness that he would want for you. Love, light and peace. You are in my heart and in my prayer’s. I can’t be there physically but I am with you in spirit. May his funeral service bring you much peace.

  26. I loved getting to know you and Katerina on the Europe trip we took together. I enjoyed you two further when I was cutting your hair. Glen was a wonderful teacher, and man. He always had time for me. We keep in touch through E-mail . I’m going to miss his brilliant knowledge of so many things. We share a love for God and His gospel. I’m still potting as a hobby, I will think of Glen everyday. As will you! . My prayers are full for you and your family . You have a life time of memories, take joy in those. He loved you sooo very much. He called you his little ballerina .

  27. Our years at Dixie were enriched by knowing Glen. He was an incredible influence for good on all who knew him. We will forever treasure the beautiful vase he gave us when we left Dixie. Our condolences to all family members.
    With love and appreciation,
    Lee and Bonnie Caldwell

  28. Many years ago I helped chaperone, along with Glen and a few other staff and faculty members at Dixie College, a group of students to Southern California. We left in the evening and traveled the better part of the night. I had the good fortune to be seated in the vehicle next to Glen who, up until then, I had only known about but did not know personally. We had such an interesting and lively conversation and talked throughout the night. He was so down to earth and kind. I watched him interact with the students and was impressed with his friendliness and humility. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family. They lost a wonderful person!


  30. We had the very good fortune of traveling abroad with Glen in 2012 on his European Showcase trip from London to Athens, one of our best decisions. He was such a warm, intelligent, respectful, special person who gave 100% even though he was recovering from cancer. We are so happy to have some of his art. Twice we enjoyed his California art trips and looking forward to joining in again because you saw saw and learned so much, mostly because of all the background work he did to make it seamless.

  31. Glen, you had an incredible empathy with your many, many friends for making each of us feel so enveloped with your friendship. I loved the times I was able to spend with you during many NCECA conferences over many years. Museum hopping with you Glen was an incredible event. Thank you for all the beautiful photographs you took of me, and so many. I treasure them all. A special thank you for the beautiful bowl you gifted me with. Whenever I look at it I recall wonderful memories of you, your kindness and your generosity to all persons you knew. I can’t begin to imagine how disconsolate your family must feel without you. I couldn’t stop the tears when I heard you were gone. It has left a dreadful hole in my life to lose such a wonderful, engaging friend. I’m Welsh, but I love this Irish blessing, so from me to you Glen, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again…” Thinking of you, and heartfelt condolences to Catherine and your extended family, XX Roberta

  32. We traveled abroad with Glen in 2012 on his European Showcase trip from London to Athens. He was such a warm, intelligent, respectful, special person who gave 100% even though he was still recovering from cancer. We also joined in two of his California art trips and were looking forward to going with him again. His detailed background work made travel so seamless, easy and fun! Was always happy when we “ran into him,” and enjoyed talking about books, since he was such a voracious reader. He will be missed but has left good memories and a beautiful legacy.

  33. We have known & loved Glen since the 1980s when we became colleagues promoting the arts in Southern Utah. We shared many of his goals for the art community and especially liked the way he supported and helped other artists. Over the years we both were on the faulty of Dixie State with Glen and clearly saw that he was one of the most popular and respected professors on the campus with both students and teachers. We were fortunate to travel with Glen to Europe with other community members and students and benefited from his considerable knowledge of both art and history when we visited England, Italy, Greece and even Turkey. We were so impressed with all his energy and hard work that went into establishing the St. George Art Museum. It will be a lasting legacy for many to enjoy now and in the future because of his leadership. Best of all, Glen was just a very good, generous, caring man. We loved his cheerful optimistic nature, his sense of humor, his generous attitude, and his appreciation of diversity. He was one to seek the beauty and the good in this world. We will miss him. We send our sympathy to his family at this tender time. With appreciation and love, Linda and Raymond Lowe

  34. No words can adequately express my condolences or assuage your grief at this time. Just know you’re all in my heart and in my thoughts.

  35. I was shocked and saddened to learn about Glen’s passing.
    But knowing that we go when it is our time makes a great difference.
    I wish the best for your family.
    Jay Beacham

  36. My name is Candace Giammona and I became friends with Glen Blakely while attending DSU in 2018-2019. Even though I didnt know him long he made an impact on my life that I will forever cherish! I kept in contact with him as often as I could. We shared stories and talked after class. He is greatly appreciated and missed by not only myself but many who knew him. If anyone who reads this family or friend. I love keeping in contact with those who gave me their kindness and love. Please email me and I be more than happy to be that friend to you! I am also a self taught portrait artist who plans on drawing a portrait of Glen as a memento if you like to see it at some point in the future I’d be happy to share it with you! My email is [email protected]

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