Merl Prince

Merl Prince, age 95, passed away on September 11, 2020. Merl was born on May 5, 1925 in New Harmony, Utah, to James Irving Prince and Mary Edna (Russell) Prince. He was the second child, and his siblings included Lola (DeMille), Maureen (Lunt) and Darrell Prince.

Merl was raised on the family farm in New Harmony, where he worked, farmed, hunted, and fished. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and trained as a gunner (bombardier) to defend the country in WWII. Merl attended school at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City and Utah State Agricultural College (later Utah State University), where he graduated in accounting. Merl also competed in track and field during college and was a Gold medalist in the mile relay and 400-yard dash at the 1946 NJCAA track and field championships in California.

As a bus driver for the Utah Park Service, Merl fell in love with Elaine Allred, an employee at Bryce Canyon National Park. They were married on September 15, 1946 in Las Vegas, NV, and were sealed in the St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 23, 1947.

Merl sold homes in Northern California for over 30 years before retiring to New Harmony and later to Bloomington.

Merl considered his family to be his greatest accomplishment in life and his lasting source of joy. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and two of their three children: Pamela (Lee) McCullough, Debra, deceased (Norman) Allan, and Jon (Joni) Prince. They have 14 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

To honor COVID-19 precautions, the family invites the public to attend the funeral via Use Meeting ID: 385 876 3050

Family and close friends are invited to attend a viewing and/or the funeral in person at the New Harmony Chapel this Thursday, September 17, at 12 noon. The viewing will take place prior to the funeral from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

Face masks and social distancing will be strongly encouraged.

Interment will follow at 1:30 at the New Harmony cemetery. Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at



10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Second Visitation


12:00 noon


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
New Harmony, Utah


1:00 p.m.
New Harmony Cemetery
New Harmony, Utah

Guest Book

4 Responses

  1. I will miss Merl. He was a great friend and cousin to my Dad, Darce Prince. It wasn’t very many years ago Merl rode horses with me from the town of Pinevalley to New Harmony one fall day. I have got to say that was one of the best days I have ever had getting to know him. He was always fun to be around with his jokes and knowledge. He is a New Harmony icon that will be missed. Happy Trails Pard.
    Brent Prince

  2. Our condolences, love and prayers to you all as you relive the joy and happiness and memories your dad brought to your lives during his life here on earth, and the comfort from God’s promises that you shall reunite with your dad in God’s paradise of heavens gardens.

    Love always ❤️

  3. When Merl and I lived in Davis,we had many good times together, hunting and friendly card games.. Merl was a gentle soul and a gentleman. My condolences to Elaine and the children.

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