Gordon Wesley Sullivan, 86, passed away February 15, 2015. He was born August 19, 1928, in St. George, Utah, to Gordon and Blanche Beckstrom Sullivan.
On July 22, 1951, Wes married Mary Ellen Larson in Henderson, Nevada, and went on to live in Cedar City, Utah, where they had their son, Michael and daughter, Colette. Their second son, Donald, was born in St. George, Utah, and their second daughter, Teresa, was born in Casper, Wyoming.
Wes’ fondest memories were from when he lived in a sheep wagon on the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming where he built fences, sheared sheep, and raised three small children. Mary Ellen and Wes traveled and hiked their way throughout Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. His favorite summer was spent following the Lewis and Clark Trail.
He was also a miner at the Nevada Test Site, and later worked in construction where he helped build many of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. After retiring and returning to St. George, they took tremendous pride in their grandchildren, and were always attending concerts, ball games, plays, and other activities they were involved in. He and Mary also explored every backcountry road in the St. George area.
Wes is survived by his children, Michael (Laurie) Sullivan of Henderson Nevada; Colette (Thomas) Hurley of Las Vegas, Nevada; Donald (Neena Merrill) Sullivan of Cedar City, Utah; and Teresa (Russell) Turner of St. George, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Ann Nyman, Joseph (Bud) Sullivan, Margaret Lackner, and Paul Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rita, Emma, Carol, and Maxine; his infant daughter, Lisa; and infant grandson, Gregory Hurley.
- Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George.
- A viewing will be held Saturday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the mortuary.
- Interment will follow at the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.