Irvin J. Ence
08/22/2021

Irvin J Ence , age 96, passed away August 22, 2021, at his home in Ivins, Utah surrounded by his family. He was born February 8, 1925, in Santa Clara, Utah to Milo John Ence and Lillie Tobler Ence. He married Betty Lou Horsley in Oakland, California on July 9, 1945, while serving in the navy during World War II. Their marriage was later solemnized on December 20, 1946, in the St. George Temple.

His parents were among the original settlers on the Ivins Bench, moving here in 1924. Other than his military service and a mission, he spent his entire life in Ivins. He attended school in Santa Clara through 6th grade and then to St George for Jr High and High School. He graduated in 1943. He was drafted into the Navy in December 1943 and spent his time on a LST. His ship was involved in four invasions in the Pacific Ocean. On December 22, 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy. He has a great love for this country and was honored to have served.

He loved the Town of Ivins. He was involved in maintaining and improving the irrigation system that brought the water to town. He served for a time as the President of Ivins Irrigation Company. He loved farming and farmed his whole life until his body was too old. With his father and brother, they raised turkeys, farmed, and raised cattle. This he did while working a full-time job. He worked at OK Tire, where he made life-long friends. He drove the school bus for the Washington County School District and later became a custodian, retiring after 28 years of service. Upon retiring, he and his brother, Kay, bought a ranch in Pinto. Dad and Mom loved spending the summers there, irrigating the pastures and tending to the cattle.

He has a strong testimony of his Savior and was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had many opportunities to serve in various callings including Bishop and serving in the Native American Branch. Together Dad and Mom served in the Illinois Peoria Mission, laboring in the city of Pontiac, Illinois from 1989-1990. They also served as ordinance workers in the St. George Temple.

He loved his family so very much. He was a quiet giant who taught by example and love. Some of his greatest challenges in life was the loss of their four-year-old daughter in 1960 and also his beautiful wife in 2019. He lovingly took care of her until her passing and has missed her every day since.

Irvin is survived by six children: Lee (Brenda) Ence, Toni Ence, Teddi (Randy) Jones, Kerry (Barrie) Ence, Brent (Kim) Ence, and Lisa (Ron) Stewart. He has 23 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and more to come. His sister-in-law, Ellen Ence, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his daughter, Linda Gail; a granddaughter, Erin; two great-grandchildren; his parents; and his brothers, Vendon, Afton, and Kay.

The family wishes to thank Dixie Hospice for their loving care of our father, especially Britni, Gehse, Kason, and all other staff members who have assisted.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

There will be a second visitation on Saturday, August 28, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Ivins 5th Ward), 15 N Main Street, Ivins, Utah.

The Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Ivins 5th Ward), 15 N Main Street, Ivins, Utah.

Interment will be in the Ivins City 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 sign Irvin’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com

Services

Visitation

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Spilsbury Mortuary
08/27/2021

Second Visitation

9:30 – 10:30 am – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Ivins 5th Ward)
08/28/2021

Services

11:00 am
08/28/2021

Address

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Ivins Main Street Chapel)
15 North Main Street, Ivins, Utah

Cemetery

12:00 pm
08/28/2021
Ivins City Cemetery
200 W 400 N
Ivins, Utah

Guest Book

12 Responses

  1. To all the Family,

    I am so sorry to for your loss. It is so hard to lose our parents, it is one of the hardest times of our lives! I am sure your Mom and your sister was glad to have him home and he the same. That’s what make it bearable is to know they are together. Betty was a light in my life, she was the sweetest lady. We love all of you and I pray for you at this difficult time.

  2. Lee & Brenda and all of Irvin’s family you are in our thoughts and prayers. He must have
    Been so proud of all of you! I know that you will be blessed and comforted by all your memories and the wonderful example he set.
    Lee and Susan Scott

  3. Lee & Brenda and all of Irvin’s family you are in our thoughts and prayers. He must have
    Been so proud of all of you! I know that you will be blessed and comforted by all your memories and the wonderful example he set.
    Lee and Susan Scott

  4. I had the privilege of being able to work with Irv for several years at OK Tire Service and was inspired by his work ethic, his genuine concern for people and his sense of humor. He always went the extra mile to help customers as well as fellow employees. His example always inspired and encouraged me to ensure that whatever I did was to the best of my ability.

  5. The last of my dad’s brothers! I can imagine the reunion!
    What a wonderful life and posterity!
    My thoughts and prayers to the family!
    With love,
    Chuck Ence

  6. To Betty and Irvin’s family,
    I was so sad to hear of your father’s passing. Irvin was a big presence in my life as I grew up—our Bishop at one time, the school bus driver, a close neighbor and friend. It is hard to think of our town with out these giants who had such an impact on our lives. What a special man and what a special woman your mother was also. We love your family and are so thankful for the positive impact you all have had on our lives. May God bless you with comfort and peace at this time knowing your Mom and Dad are together again! They are so happy right now, I just know it! Love, Norene and George Mackley

  7. This is from Bonnie Murdock. She remembers going out to his house and making big bon fires and making baked potatos in the fire. All my love to you and i am very grateful to have been irvins cousin.

  8. Brother Irvin J Ence, I’m so Happy and glad to have met you on this side of the Veil, both you and Your Beautiful Wife Betty Ence, Brother Ence I thank Our Father in Heaven, because you Brother Ence Giave me my Blessing when I Was Baptized in the church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. That Blessing will always keep me on the Right Path of Our Lord Jesus Christ Gospel . We Know we will see you and Betty again. Much Respect For all you have Done for the The Church of our Savior. I Sincerely Thank You for being My Spiritual Brother and Mentoring Me. Sincerely Your Brother Tomas Mendoza. Ivins Stake.

  9. So sorry to hear about the loss of Irvin Betty and him were such amazing people I will always remember him growing up being my bus driver and neighbor such an amazing man

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