Floyd Jensen Tucker, 92 of St. George passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Floyd was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He has lived an exemplary life filled with joy, work, laughter and love! Floyd had a great sense of humor and was a master at practical jokes.
Floyd was born to Guy Cartis and Florence Eliza Jensen Tucker on July 16, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended school in Cedar City and while attending the B.A.C (Branch Agricultural College, now Southern Utah University) found his true love, Emma Colleen Munson. They were married in the St. George LDS Temple on December 23, 1944. Colleen left this life on September 18, 2005 and in July 2010 Floyd married Ruth Bernice Gilmore. She died on November 21, 2011.
Floyd not only supported his family while working in the coal mining industry but also truly loved his work. He was the owner/operator of Tucker Coal Company located in Right Hand Canyon on Cedar Mountain. Tucker Coal Company supplied the Cedar City power plant with fuel up until the opening of Glen Canyon Dam at which time the power plant and Tucker Coal Company were closed and Floyd and Colleen moved their family to Carbon County. Floyd and his partner, Wayne Baker purchased and opened Plateau Coal Mine at Wattis. Floyd loved his employees and fellow coal miners and in turn, was loved by them.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Floyd gave much service. He spent years as a Boy Scout leader, bishopric member, and home teacher as well as many other callings. He and Colleen served as ward, stake and regional dance directors for over 20 years and served a 2-year mission to Nauvoo. His service extended to the community of Price where he was active in the Lions Club and twice served as president. Perhaps his greatest service to each of us was in the Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the “USS St. Lo” which was hit and sunk by a Japanese Kamikaze in the “Battle of Leyte Gulf” in the Philippine Islands.
Floyd loved to fly! At the age of 14 he began flying lessons and by age 16 had his pilot’s license. He was the owner of several different airplanes, his favorite was the Cessna Centurion 210. With his wife and family, Floyd enjoyed traveling, camping, hiking, of course flying, and spending time together. Floyd and Colleen also enjoyed square dancing.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Florence Tucker; wife, Colleen and wife, Bernice; daughter, Phyllis Stewart; son, Richard Tucker; brother, Grant Tucker; sister-in-law, LaRue Tucker; brother-in-law, John Thomas; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Marion Munson and brother-in-law, Robert Munson.
He is survived by son in law Max Stewart, Tropic, UT; daughter Susan, (Floyd) Jennings, daughter in law Dana Tucker, daughter Jeri Clarke all St. George, UT; daughter Nancy, (LeRon) Ware, Monroe, UT, sister Lois Thomas. Blackfoot, ID; 25 grand-children, 82 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild. Foster children Vernida Etsitty, Fortwingate, NM; Olcione Tucker, Knoxville, TN. Step children Robert Gilmore, Kennewick WA; Cecil (Richard) McCann, Seattle, WA; Jennie (Errol) Rapp, Houston Texas.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:00 am at Morningside 7th Ward LDS Chapel, 881 South River Road, St. George, Utah. Friends may call Thursday, September 1, from 6 to 8 pm and Friday, September 2nd from 9:30 to 10:30 am. at this location.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Hughes Mortuary, 1037 East 700 South St. George, Utah (435) 674-5000.