Ray Douglas Garner Jr.

Douglas Garner of Hurricane passed away peacefully on September 24, 2020, at the age of 92. Born on March 2, 1928, in Parowan, Utah to parents Ray Douglas Garner, Sr. and Alice Zollinger of St. George, he was one of six children including his three older sisters Carmen, Joanne and Glenna and his two younger brothers Val and John.

Doug graduated from Dixie High School in 1945 and shortly thereafter joined the US  Army as a paratrooper where he served honorably in occupied Japan and the Korean war. Upon his return he found his love in Vivienne Paolasso, daughter of Julio and Martha Paolasso of St. George. Doug and Vivienne were happily married for 69 years before Vivienne’s passing in 2018. They had four children: Kerry, Kelly, Trudy and Tracy. He is survived by his brother John,  his three sons, 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Doug was well loved by the community he served as a citizen, business owner, Mayor, City Councilman and President of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He was the driving force behind the development of Sky Mountain Golf course and the new Hurricane City office building.  He was named Businessperson of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and was subsequently honored in Salt Lake City as the “Total Citizen of the State of Utah”. Doug will be forever loved and missed by all those who knew him.

Due to Covid 19 the viewing and service will be restricted to family members only. The graveside ceremony is open to all and will be held on Friday, October 2, 11:30 a.m. at the Hurricane City Cemetery. We kindly request face coverings be worn for the safety of all.

We want to offer our heartfelt thanks to the nurses, caregivers and staff at The Haven for their compassionate loving care during his final days.

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 www.spilsburymortuary.com



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Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737

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3 Responses

  1. Our thoughts are with the Garner family at this time. Doug was a special person in our life as he was roommates with my father at the Haven. He was a joy to get to know and to see and visit with. He was a great man with many talents. He will be missed! We love you Garner family.

  2. I am glad to have known the Garner family. I appreciate all that Doug did to make our community better with his many years of service. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, may you feel a sense of peace knowing that he is now with his sweet wife.
    Love, Shirlee

  3. I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your sweet Dad. He was such a wonderful man and so very good to me.
    When my Grandfather passed away, he and Vivenne had me come down to the clothing store and pick out a new dress to wear to the funeral. I was a single Mom at the time, and it meant so much to me.
    He and Kerry also made sure I had plenty of wood to keep my kids warm during the winter months. I
    The Garner family is very dear to my heart and I wish you all the peace and comfort possible in knowing what a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, and community member he was. Vivienne always made sure my Dusty had one of her pecan pies too. Hugs:)

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