Mark Van Wagoner

Mark passed away March 28, 2021, Palm Sunday, In St. George, Utah with his family by his side. Mark was born December 10, 1935 in Pleasant Grove, Utah to Alvah Ephraim Van Wagoner and Elma M Peacock.

Mark grew up in Carbon County Utah, and Jerome, Idaho. He moved to Hayward, California where he met the love of his life, his wife of 65 years, (Lila) Natalie Welchoff. They were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, February 14, 1956.

Mark was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He fulfilled every calling to the best of his ability. He served as a High Councilor, Bishop, Branch President of the first Sun River Branch, President or Counselor in every auxiliary. Second to his love of the Lord and serving in the Church was sports.

They were blessed with two children, Stacey Lucille Brumfield (Barry), and Mark Arlen Van Wagoner. Mark and Natalie were blessed with grandchildren Megan Alice Ward, Mark Thomas Campbell (Kim), Holly Ann Salt (Ken), Paul Richard, Eric Scott, Mitchell Jack. Their great-grandchildren are Michael Madden, Lexi Madden, Allison Salt, Emma Salt, Benjamin Salt, (William) Liam Van Wagoner.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter Melanie Jane, His brothers Jay, and Richard.

He is survived by his wife Natalie, sister LaRue, brothers Gene, Gill, Ace, Tim John, and Al. Daughter, Stacey, son Mark, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. There will be a private family viewing on Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am at Spilsbury Mortuary.

Funeral Service will be on Saturday, April 3, 2021, 11:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be at Tonaquint Cemetery following the funeral service.

Friends and family that are unable to attend are invited to view the services online:

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign Mark’s online guest book at



5:00 to 7:00 pm

Second Visitation


11:00 am


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


12:00 pm
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Drive
St. George, Utah

Guest Book

3 Responses

  1. Mark was a wonderful friend and also a wonderful servant of our Father in Heaven. We enjoyed serving together in our ward in Fremont, California and playing a little ball as well. They lived just down the street from us; so contact was frequent and fun. We have not lived close to Mark and Natalie for many years, but our friendship towards them has never weakened. We have such fond memories of our contacts through the years. He will be missed, but we look forward to more time together in the next life.

  2. It is strange to learn of Mark’s time in Hayward. It would be even stranger to learn that he had been there during the same time I was stationed at Moffett Field NAS (1955-59) and lived with my wife, Marlene (who Mark knew from Jerome also) in Sunnyvale. And that our oldest daughter was born just up the road in the Oakknoll Naval Hospital (July ‘56). Since I knew only of brothers Jay and Gene (my buddy) and sister LaRue it is great to see that Natalie’s siblings were considered close enough to to be counted as brothers and sisters not just in-laws.
    Our prayers are with you, Natalie, and with the family. Mark leaves a hole in a lot of lives.

  3. I love and admire you Mark. You are a special man, I’m so glad I met and worked with you and Natalie at the Retreat. Many wonderful memories. In not to distant time, I’ll be joining you!
    We’ll keep our night on Natalie for you ❤️

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