Thomas ElRoy “Roy” Irvine Sr., age 83, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in St. George, Utah. Roy was born July 9, 1935 in Long Beach, California to Leo Evan and Emily Pectol Irvine, the 4th of 5 children. He married Barbara Wallis in St. George on June 20, 1958. They were later sealed in the St. George Temple in July 1967.
Roy was raised in Long Beach, California until his parents purchased a ranch in Motoqua, Utah. Which is west of St. George. He helped out on the ranch and would purchase his own calves whenever he had earned enough money.
Roy served in the US Air Force from August 1954 until August 1957.
After he met and married Barbara they eventually settled in Las Vegas where he worked for L&H Lumber Company eventually running their door shop. In 1974 Roy moved the family back to the St. George area where he lived until his death.
Roy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served in many capacities throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed serving and helping others, volunteering for the Washington County Search and Rescue Westside and as a volunteer firefighter for the Washington City Fire Department for 33 years serving as Fire Chief for two years. Roy retired from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer at Purgatory.
He loved being outdoors hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He also enjoyed bowling and roller skating. He loved watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren running and playing and always gave them big hugs and called them all precious.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, children Mike (Gabi), Cheryl (Danny) Chadburn, Kathy (Ron) Pretasky, Tom (Stacey), Cyndy (Danny) Walling, Dwayne Isom, Aaron (Natalie), and Chris (Trena), 25 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren and his sister Ethel Irvine. He was proceeded in death by two grandchildren, three siblings and his parents.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 am at the LDS chapel at 2583 East 350 North St. George, Utah with a viewing prior from 9:00-10:30 am. There will also be a viewing Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 5-7pm at Hughes Mortuary 1037 East 700 South St George, Utah. Interment will be at the Washington City Cemetery, under the direction of Hughes Mortuary.