J. Ryan Lee

Joseph Ryan Lee (44) unexpectedly returned home to our Heavenly Father on April 6, 2019. Ryan was born November 23rd 1974 in St George and is the son of Joe and Sally Lee. He married the love of his life Lisa Jones Lee daughter of DeVon and Shirley Jones on June 10th 1995 and was later sealed for time and all eternity in the St George LDS Temple. Ryan and Lisa have two children who were their everything. Laci (22)  was a complete daddy’s girl who recently married her love, Brandon Russell, in St George. Colten (19) looked up to his dad more than anything in this world. They all wanted to be just like him.

Ryan had a love and passion for helping people so he pursued a career in law enforcement with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was highly decorated and received many awards for his service including a purple heart. His career was cut short when he was in an accident in 2005.

He always had some sort of new adventure going on in his life whether it was with his kids or a new project. Ryan had many interests and hobbies but as long as he was with his family he was happy. Ryan was the happiest person in the room and would do anything to make someone smile. He loved getting a reaction from people.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Jones Lee and children Laci Russell (Brandon), Colten Lee & Savannah Beard. His mother and father, Sally and Joe Lee, brothers Kip Lee (Brynn) and Rusty Lee (Danielle). He will be deeply missed by all his extended family who love him unconditionally. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our Husband, Father, Son and Brother. But, are comforted to know we will be with him again soon.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 10AM with viewing services held Friday, April 12th, 2019 from 6-8PM. A viewing will also be held Saturday before the services starting at 8:30AM at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St. George, Utah. He will still be with his family here in St George but will be resting at the Cemetery.

A Webcast of the Funeral Service will be available: Go to Webcast.funeralrecording.com    Event: 22022    Password: JRL2019

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ryan’s GoFundMe account found on Facebook.

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



6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Second Visitation

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT



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15 Responses

  1. I remember Ryan with a smile on his face. He was one of the nicest people ever. He always seemed to treat everyone with respect, including the ones who didn’t deserve it. The world is a smaller place without his soul in it.
    Respectfully Gene Redford

  2. Dear friends….. We were very saddened to hear of your son’s passing. We pray for your comfort & peace at this time.

  3. Jeanne Rogers Miss you Ryan, Thank you for being my friend
    you were always looking after others! Now we all wish you had
    looked after yourself as well. So sad to have you gone 🙁
    Look forward to seeing you again in the next life!

  4. Sally and Joe, we are so very sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of your son. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. So grateful for Heavenly Father’s plan of eternal families. We are traveling and won’t be able to attend the services but hope to see you soon.
    With much love,
    David and Linda

  5. Dear Jo and Sally, we were shocked and saddened at the news of Ryan’s death. Too soon to leave…..surely we know Heavenly Father must of needed him more. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. Please know we are thinking and praying you’ll be encircled by Heavenly Fathers love, now and in the coming days. What a great sons.

  6. Dear Joe and Sally, we were shocked and saddened to hear the news of the death of your son. Too soon to leave…
    Heavenly Father must of needed him more. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. Please know we are praying that our Heavenly Father will encircle you with his love at this very difficult time. He was a wonderful son.

  7. Colten and Family, My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Anne (you and Hayden’s grandma)

  8. Sally and Joe, my heart is aching for you and your family. I know that a piece of you will be missing. I will be thinking and praying for you and family. Lots of love, Melanie

  9. Lisa, Laci,Colten, Joe ,Sally, Kip and Rusty, we are so sorry for your families loss….. we love you guys so much! Your families friendship was one of our first when we moved here 21 years ago. We are so grateful to have you in our lives 💗 You WILL see Ryan agsin – this I know!! We love you all!!🙏🏼💙😇

  10. We were sad at the news of Ryan’s passing away. Our condolences and prayers for comfort are with you all.
    We love the Lee Family. Sincerely, Bill and Janet Neve

  11. Lisa, I would like to say how truly sorry we are to hear of Ryan’s passing, I will sure miss him. And I thought a lot of him, I remember a few times he was one of the East side unites and he would stop and say hi to us at station 61 in washington. And times he would meet us on scene when we would show up with the engine. I will never forget him, and because he was a friend. If there’s something I can help you with I would be honored. But I know Shane or Travis has got that covered. I’m truly sorry for your loss. I pray the lord holds your hand and helps ease the amount of pain you are going through, and that he will continue to help you in the days ahead of you. Much love and thoughts to you and your children and family.

  12. I don’t have the words. I’m sorry. And angry. I don’t like god’s plan. Ryan is my friend. He’s not dead. He’s just not here.

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