Merlin Joy Peterson

St. George, UT – Merlin Joy Peterson passed away November 9, 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Merlin was born March 31, 1941 in St. George, UT to Joy Peterson and Erva Hansen. He married Carrie Ann Williams on January 10, 1970 in Granger, UT. The marriage was later solemnized in the St. George temple, 1972.

Merlin was raised in St. George, went to school at Woodward High School, now known as Dixie High. He lived in St. George his whole life, except for his time in service in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of Corporal E-4 and was honorably discharged in January 1966. He won the Expert Marksman Award with the M-1 Garand.

Merlin was a dishwasher at Kelly’s Cafe on Bluff Street for one of his first jobs. He worked for Dixie Plumbing after he was married. He started his own concrete finishing company in the early 70s. Merlin loved to hunt and fish and trap. He loved his children and grandchildren and especially loved to hold the babies. Merlin was like MacGyver: he thought he could fix anything with baling wire and duct tape and was a real hard worker.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Carrie, three children: Amy (Randy) Cosby of Cedar City, Joy (Brenda) Peterson of Spanish Fork, and Jens (Jiyeon) Peterson of Eugene, Oregon; seven grandchildren, his sisters Karen (Derral) Stratton of Cedar City and Sherril (Kenneth) Newby of St. George, and his brother James Peterson of St. George.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, with a viewing from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

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



5:00 to 6:30pm

Second Visitation

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.


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


St George City Cemetery, St. George, UT

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10 Responses

  1. We’re so sad to hear of Merlin’s passing! We cherish our memories of living next door. His kindness and service to us is deeply appreciated. We will always love your family. We take some comfort in knowing that he can finally rest. So sorry we cannot be there to hug you in person, but we will in our prayers. God bless you all.

  2. Merlin was a friend, and a classmate all our lives. He was a quiet and kind friend. He loved life and was a friend to everyone. Carrie
    you will miss him, but you have made good memories for you to reflect on that will help you get through these hard times. We love you and please stay in touch. We will have special prayers for you and your family.

  3. Dear Carrie and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Merlin’s passing. I have many happy memories of being your neighbor and becoming friends and sometimes dog sitter. Those truly were the good old days.My thoughts are prayers will be with you.
    Love always,
    Becky Thompson

  4. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God bless you all and give you strength through this sad time in your lives.

  5. Just learned yesterday of the passing of Merlin. I saw him and visited with him for a few minutes in the temple a short time ago. We have always been friends and I have appreciated his kindness, sincere humble attitude and hard work. Merlin is a wonderful person that will be missed. My sincere condolences to Merlin’s family and loved ones. He loved the Lord and always desired to serve Him. With love Jim and Denise McArthur.

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