Kirt Hafer Guerisoli, 63, passed away in his home on March 5, 2016, after a valiant five month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born August 31, 1952, in Berkeley, California, to Louis John Guerisoli and Edna Hafer Guerisoli. He married his eternal companion, Vickie Tamara Olson, in the Oakland Temple on February 28, 1976.
The elder of two children, Kirt was raised in Walnut Creek, California, where he graduated from Del Valle High School. Following graduation, he began his post-secondary education at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. At the age of 19, Kirt became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A year later, he left home to serve a full-time mission for the church in Italy. Following his mission, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, where he met and fell in love with Vickie, completed a bachelor’s degree in recreation and received a Master’s degree in Community Education.
His desire for enhanced employment opportunities took him and his family to Medford, Oregon, Pierre, South Dakota, and finally to St. George, Utah, where he worked in the City’s recreation department for nearly 30 years, first as the Recreation Superintendent and then as the first Director of the City’s Recreation Center. Kirt was instrumental in the development and expansion of St. George’s sports and recreation program and the planning and opening of the City’s first recreation center. Following his retirement from full-time employment, Kirt continued to work part-time in the City’s recreation department and became an owner in a new business dedicated to organizing and operating youth baseball tournaments in Southern Utah.
His passion for sports and recreation provided him an ideal outlet to do what he did best – love and inspire others, especially young people, to recognize and achieve their potential. During his lifetime, Kirt had the opportunity to mentor and influence the lives of countless youth as a coach, a religious leader, a colleague and a friend. His signature handlebar moustache, coupled with his enthusiasm for life and genuine love of others, made him a beloved fixture in the community. He rarely missed an opportunity to motivate and encourage or to recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of others.
Kirt was also a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served faithfully as a ward and stake young men’s president, Bishop, high councilor and home teacher, among other callings. Upon retirement, Kirt became an ordinance worker in the St. George Temple, a privilege he enjoyed for nearly 5 years. Whether he was home teaching, serving in the temple, organizing a youth activity or simply visiting a neighbor, Kirt never lost sight of the ultimate purpose of his service – to lift and strengthen the individual. He was a wonderful example of kindness, compassion and obedience.
But of all his callings, there was no question that the responsibility he took most seriously was that of husband, father and grandfather. Nothing brought Kirt greater joy than the happiness and success of his family. At any given time, he could be found at a game, a practice, a performance or a park, spending time with or cheering for one of his children or grandchildren. Though he will be greatly missed, his unwavering commitment to the things that matter most leaves a legacy and influence that lives on in the hearts and lives of those that have been touched by his gentle and genuine goodness.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie; his four children and their families: Rick, Amber (Ence), Cade, Ty, Tavin, Adria and Lydia Guerisoli of Santa Clara, Utah; Brent, Bethany (Jorgensen), Brooke, Brayden and Beckham Guerisoli of St. George, Utah; Chris, AnnElise (Bell), Theodore and Louis Guerisoli of Oakland, California; and Randi and Olivia Garvin of St. George, Utah; and his brother Jim (Shelly) Guerisoli of Walnut Creek, California. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis John and Edna Hafer Guerisoli, and his granddaughter, Brynn Emily Guerisoli.
His family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Joseph Woolley, Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, the medical professionals and staff of the Dixie Regional Cancer Center, the hospice team at Zion’s Way Home Health and Hospice, family and friends for the kindness, care and compassion shown to Kirt and his family over the last several months.
- A viewing will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary on Monday, March 14, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 110 South Bluff Street in St. George, Utah.
- Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the LDS East Stake Center located at 449 South 300 East, in St. George, Ut,ah with a viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Interment will be held in Tonaquint Cemetery.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made to the Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation at give.intermountainfoundation.org/dixie-regional.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.
Friends and family are invited to sign Kirt’s guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.