Jeannine Harris Holt

Jeannine Harris Holt quietly passed away on the evening of February 3, 2020.  Born on August 18, 1929, to Grant Brooks Harris and Eleen Rosalia Higbee, she was the first of five daughters.

Growing up in St. George, she won the Utah State Girls Tennis Championship at age 16 and went on to graduate from Dixie High School in 1947.  While attending Dixie College; she met George Stanford (Stan) Holt. Both were active in student activities and athletics. They were partnered in a dance recital preformed to Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz.  They spent 68 years dancing together after they married in the St. George Temple on September 10, 1949.  

Dancing was always a part of their life together. Early in their marriage, they directed and participated in many LDS dance festivals and served as stake missionaries.

From their home base in Enterprise, Utah, Jeannine and Stan raised three children, and are blessed with seven grandchildren as well as many great and great-great grandchildren.  Jeannine loved being ‘auntie’ to her extended family and was looking forward to the return of her son Steven and his wife Sherry from their humanitarian service in Vietnam as Country Director of LDS Charities.

Jeannine’s professional life began in 1958 with Mendenhall Construction as a bookkeeper/secretary. In 1977, Jeannine started her 27-year career serving under Senators Garn and Hatch as Southern Utah Area Director. Over these years, she wore-out multiple cars making sure the needs and desires of southern Utahans were well represented. Before her retirement, Jeannine received a citation in the US Congressional record on March 11, 2004 for her dedicated public service. In particular, she was cited for her work on land issues, private property rights and her diligent efforts for the rights of Radiation Exposure Victims. Senator Hatch called Jeannine, “a Real Southern Utah Treasure.”

Throughout her life, Jeannine used her exceptional organizational skills and boundless energy to benefit others, spending countless hours serving individuals as well as their local communities. With her love for education, Jeannine was a strong advocate for Dixie State College (now DSU) and served 10 years as a trustee.   On May 5, 2007, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree and was inducted into the 2011 DSC Hall of Fame for her Public and College service.

Jeannine is preceded in death by her husband and dancing partner Stan; her parents, Grant and Eleen Harris, and sisters Helen (Lan Brookes) Harris Ritz, Rosalee Harris Hunt Off and Goldie Maree. She is survived by daughter Patrice (Lane), sons Steven Stanford (Sherry) and Jeffrey Wayne (Barbara) and sister Shirley (Scott) Graff plus many dear nieces, nephews and extended family. Deep appreciation is expressed to all the health care professionals who have assisted our mother so diligently these past few years, especially Wendy Grimes and the caring angels of Beehive Homes and Advanced Home Health and Hospice.

A celebration of Jeannine’s life will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary chapel, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are welcome to visit on Friday, February 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a viewing on February 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed and greatly appreciated for a DSU Scholarship fund established in the name of The George S. and Jeannine H. Holt (Contact Debbie Forman at 435-652-7509 or

Arrangements under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.



5:00 to 7:00 pm

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 a.m.


11:00 am


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


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7 Responses

  1. All my love & sincere condolences to sweet Patrice and her family to celebrate beautiful Jeannine’s incredible life. I loved reading about all of her accomplishments and service to the citizens of southern utah. Thinking about her dancing with her Stan just brings such a smile to my face! Until we meet again Jeannine, enjoy dancing and feel joy in the amazing legacy that you have given your eternal family ♥️ Susan Rea

  2. What a great lady. I met her first when I came to Bryce Canyon National Park as its new Superintendent in 1991 and continued interactions with her on National Park issues throughout my tenure there. She was a great listener and always interested in the various issues we faced and represented the Senators so well. Since retiring I would occasionally encounter her around St. George and a couple of times at a Southern Utah Heritage Choir concert. She always remembered me and recalled our professional interactions.

  3. It was our privilege to serve Jeannine while she resided at Platinum Care. We loved her and looked forward to seeing her. She was always so cheerful when greeting us. She blessed our lives. We got to know her daughter, Patrice, and admire her for her devotion to her mother.

  4. I worked with your mom and dad over the years and admired their work ethics. Your mom was such an active lady and it was hard on her to be dependent on others. Now she can do it herself again and is probably tell your dad what to do again. Sure will miss her.

  5. dear Patrice, I am sorry that I am not able to attend the services for your mother. I know it is probably a blessing for her to go on, but it is still hard for those left behind. My thoughts will be with you and the boys . Love Lorraine Jones

  6. Patrice, and Stan and Jeannine’s family, each one, I am so proud of you, as your parents surely still are. What wonderful folks! Stan and Jeannine came to our house often. Sitting in on their conversations with my husband, Sheldon, was an amazing experience. Philosophy, religion, local history ( three generations of people (with their names and their lives) were remembered and reviewed–with memories going back 85 to 90 years! Their memories were incredible. I listened in awe! I will always remember them and the goodness of their hearts, their faith, their willingness to serve! Jeannine’s perceptive and dedicated work for our citizenry at the local, state, and national level is historic in its scope. I also love Jeannine for her dedication to Dixie State University, her ability to love and stay connected with friends and acquaintances… I could go on. Jeannine Holt will always remembered for her achievements, and especially for her loving, concerned ways. I will always personally remember her for helping me save the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. We could never have saved this historic treasure without her! She will always be loved. I am remembering both your mom and your dad with a donation to their DSU scholarship fund which I know was dear to their hearts.

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