LeRoy “Roy” Draper

LeRoy “Roy” Draper passed away in his home in Salt Lake City on October 8, 2021. Of the set of twins, Roy was born first on July 27, 1969, at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT to Ada Johnson and Wilford Alvin “Bill” Draper.

Roy grew up in Salt Lake City in a large family with 36 siblings. He spent his young life getting up early in the mornings doing paper routes with his brothers and sisters. He attended school with great success attaining a consistent 4.0 GPA throughout his school years. As a child his dream was to be a teacher. He fulfilled that and later became a school principal and touched many lives. He started working in a machine shop when he was a teenager and mastered the art, becoming invaluable at his place of work.  He loved and conducted music. His greatest joy was his children whom he loved dearly. Attending concerts, watching the fireworks at every Bee’s game, and supporting the University of Utah sporting events were the highlights of his weekend.

Roy is survived by his mother Ada, his brothers Guy, Barlow, Nephi, Moroni, Lorin and Steven; his sister Ada Marie and many other half siblings; his wives Sarah, Laraine, Emily, LaRee; and his eleven children, Jacob, Ryan, Hollie, Allen, Summer, Abraham, Sweet, Amber, Sareena, William, Benjamin, and grandson Odin.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 3:00 pm at the Spilsbury Mortuary in St. George, UT, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, UT 84770. A viewing will be held Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the same location and 1:30 to 2:30 prior to the service. Interment will be at the Isaac Carling Memorial Park Cemetery in Colorado City, AZ.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.


The family would like to thank Roy’s “work family” at Paramount Machining for their love and support in Roy’s life.

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

Friends and family are invited to sign Roy’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



5:00 – 7:00 pm

Second Visitation


3:00 pm


2nd Visitation
1:30 – 2:30 pm

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


4:00 pm
Isaac Carling Memorial Park Cemetery
Colorado City, AZ

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Old friend, so many memories. Glad to have closure after this sojourn in life.
    Worked with him at western precision inc. Hildale, UT and New Era Mfg las Vegas NV. 2007 to 2011 years. Also memories in work Saturday projects around Short Crick AZ. The man I knew long ago.

  2. I worked with Roy at CMC for a few years he was fun to be around one of those people that could lift your spirits by just being around him.

    Thanks for all the good memories I’ll always remember you in a positive light.

  3. Don’t know if I’ve ever been associated with a more kind, humble and hard working person than Roy. What a great guy. Nothing but great memories of being around him. I’m going to really miss knowing Roy isn’t around making other people’s lives better.

    Rest in peace Roy…..

  4. My deepest condolences to the entire Draper family for their loss. Roy was an amazing person to work with and I am grateful for the time that I got to know him. I pray that his family might find the comfort that they need in this time of loss.

  5. I was fortunate to work with Roy at Paramount Machine. He was a very detail oriented and hard working individual that brought tons of joy and happiness to the people around him. He will be dearly missed. Condolences to his family.

  6. It was truly a pleasure to know and associate with Roy. He quite literally brought a smile to the face of everyone he came into contact with. Thanks for the good times Roy, you will be missed!

  7. I was truly saddened to hear about Roy’s passing. I was fortunate enough to have worked with him (& Nephi) at Paramount for 2-1/2 years. He was extremely talented at his craft and certainly an asset to us all. We depended on him it seemed daily for his willingness to consistently complete the task at hand. His personality was unwavering and always a smile and a big “hello” first thing in the morning. Plus of course “GO UTES” that he was quite passionate about. I will miss him and think about those days often.

    Rest in peace my friend…

  8. Roy was and is a good friend. I had the priviledge to grow up, go to school, hike, and do many other activities with him. I haven’t had the opportunity the last few years to keep in contact with him, and was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. I hope and pray for all his family during this time of loss and getting used to a different life without him in it. He is loved and will be missed.

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