Ronald Simkins

Our sweet father, grandfather, brother, Ronald Simkins, passed away from natural causes due to incidents of age on October 10, 2020 in Orem, Utah. Ron was born on April 30, 1930 to Edgar L. and Effie Fontella Applegate Simkins in Circleville, Utah, where he was raised to be a hard-working cowboy.  Ron spent his life around the farm, changing water, putting up hay, milking cows, and training horses. He passed this knowledge on to his sons and daughters, who promptly moved on to do other things, of course. He graduated from Piute High School and moved on to graduate from SUU in Business Administration. Later, he went back to school to become an Elementary Teacher and Administrator, receiving his master’s degree from USU.

Ron moved his family to Hamilton, Montana in 1969 where they lived on a 90-acre ranch, raising “cattle and boys”. The girls helped in both! He loved Montana and soon could be found taking people on Pack Trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He continued teaching school and being a principal until his retirement. At that time, Ron and Colleen moved to Wurzburg, Germany where he taught science for the DOD.  He and Colleen traveled all over Europe, gathering pictures and memories to last a lifetime.

Upon their return, they took care of both of their mothers until they passed away, with the help of Charlotte (Ron’s sister). Ron had already practiced building 3 homes and decided it was time to build another one in Hurricane, Utah where they made many friends and worked tirelessly in their Ward. Ron set up a woodshop in his garage and started an adventure in woodworking with a scroll saw, making beautiful clocks, which he continued doing until the day he died.

Ron and Colleen decided to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and left for West Virginia, where they continued their good works for 18 months. They dove into family life upon their return. They were still on a mission in some sense because they worked tirelessly to keep their family united. This was dad’s joy; to see and visit with his large family.  He was an exceptional grandfather and great-grandfather, never forgetting the importance of each person. He loved kids and kids loved him.

Ron is survived by his sister, Charlotte Brewer, his children, Tonia Thompson, Cheryl (Rudy) Dominguez, Mark R. Simkins, Dick (Emily) M. Simkins, and Guy S. (Marilee) Simkins. He also has his second family that he inherited from his second wife, Eloise Smith, who became an important part of the past 7 years. He has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will miss him terribly.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, October 17, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 25 North 2000 West, Hurricane, Utah. There will be viewings Friday, October 16 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 17 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary. Burial will follow at Hurricane City Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to his eternal companion, Colleen Simkins.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Str. St. George, UT. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at



6:00 to 8:00 pm


11:00 a.m.


Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary
25 North 2000 West
Hurricane, UT


12:00 pm
Hurricane City Cemetery
225 E 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737

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12 Responses

  1. We are distant cousins but we wanted you to know that we are praying for your family as you go through this process of saying good bye to your loved one. Just imagine the happy reunions that are happening on the other side. Charles Simkins who came from England after his wife died while packing the large steamer trunk for their trip to join the Saints. We are sure that they and all of the extended Simkins family are greeting him. May your memories all be happy ones and may we all gather with our large extended family on the other side of the veil when our earthly time is over. Your Emterprise, Utah Simkins cousins.

  2. Our prayers go out to all of the cousins. But oh what sweet memories we have of Ron Dick and Charlotte. Still miss Aunt Toots pies.
    Love DeAnna and Cora Lou.

  3. Ron was a wonderful first cousin, always gave me a hug and was so happy to see me. We will miss him, but know he is happy to be reunited with those on the other side of the veil . May our Father in Heaven bless and comfort you at this time. So sorry, We won’t be able to come to the service, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all. Judy P. and John M. Henrie .

  4. I have fond memories of my cousin and good friend, Ron. My fondest memories, of course, will be the opportunity I had to room with Ron at College of Southern Utah. Ron had come back to Circleville with his family to attend school to get a teaching degree and as a new high school graduate from Circleville I had the good fortune to room with him and get to know him much better. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and Cousin Charlotte. So many good memories from my days in Circleville and Ron, Dick and Charlotte and Uncle Ed and Fontella are a big part of my childhood days.

    1. Thank you Allen for your kind words and thoughts he’ll be missed but would be happy to know that he touched so many lives.

  5. I just can’t begin to express how much Mr Ron and Colleen ment to our family. From the very 1st time I ever met them I felt like a part of the family. Both of my sons loved seeing “Granpa Simkins” working in the shop when we would drive down for a visit. I loved all of his intricate work he did on all of those beautiful clocks.
    We love you all and are sending our love and prayers to each of you!

    Love Always
    Stacey and kids ( Devin, Kayleigh, and JJ)

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family today! Keep your memories close at heart to enjoy forever! With love, The Henry’s

  7. One of my happiest accomplishments in life is to have married into the Simkins family. I love this family!! Annie and I and the kids will miss “Uncle Ron” terribly, but we still have the rest of the Simkins Family!! 🙂

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