Funeral for former St. George Mayor Karl Brooks

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ST. GEORGE — Funeral services have been announced for former St. George Mayor Karl F. Brooks to be held Saturday in the St. George Tabernacle at 11 a.m.

The funeral is being held in the same location as funerals have been held for Karl Brooks’ family members, his son Daren Brooks said, specifically his mother, author and historian Juanita Brooks, his father, Will Brooks, and his grandfather.

Karl Brooks died Saturday.

From 1982-1994 Karl Brooks served the City of St. George as its mayor. Over a period of 25 years, he served in various roles for then Dixie College as teacher, director of high school relations, vice president and athletic director.

Brooks was instrumental in the building of what formerly served as the Dixie Center, which now houses the Cox Performing Arts Center, or Avenna Center, among other venues. He also served as president of the St. George Chamber of Commerce and president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns over the years, was influential in the restoration and preservation of the St. George Opera House and Art Museum and served as chairman of the Zion Natural History Association.

Brooks and his wife, Carla, served two missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after retirement, and he served as an LDS bishop and stake president at Dixie College.

Brooks is survived by his wife Carla, children Sharla, Daren and Barton, and four grandchildren.

Read more: Karl F. Brooks obituary

Viewings will be at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd. on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10 a.m. Burial will be at the St. George City Cemetery.

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