ST. GEORGE – Funeral services were held Saturday in St. George for Jeffrey Mark Dial, (July 15, 1956 – Feb. 7, 2012), the communications manager for the Washington County dispatch center, who passed Feb. 7.
Fittingly, Dial’s last service to the community was in person on I-15 Feb. 6 during a standoff negotiation process that had involved multiple law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, shut down an 11-mile or so stretch of I-15 for the better part of 10 hours, and caught Southern Utah’s attention like few incidents ever have.
Dial was highly regarded within his profession and beloved by friends and family. His send-off reflected that well:
“It was beautiful. I didn’t even know the man and was touched to see how many people were there,” said Troy Hoskins, St. George News photographer, giving his eyewitness observations, “three helicopters flew overhead and one separated from the group (a life flight helicopter) bagpipes played and the firemen did a walk of mist where a fireman walked into the mist and disappeared. After it was over the family recived many hugs and condolences.”
For an overview of Dial’s life, please visit the obituary page for him at Metcalf Mortuary’s website.
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