Marko JVar Dutson, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Centennial Park, Arizona.
Born March 18, 1933, in Weiser, Idaho, to George Merlin and Hilda Williams Dutson, he was preceeded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters, a son and grandson. Marko is survived by his brothers, Newman and Zenos, and Sisters, Nada, Azora, and Laurali. His children are JVar, Terrel, Elizabeth, Keith, Kirk, Derek, Marla, Jonathan (deceased), Merlin, Julena, Lars, Charise, Tina, Trecia, Nada, Deanna, George, Rhonda, and Steven (deceased). Additionally, Marko has many wonderful grandchildren (137), great-grandchildren (107), and great-great-grandchildren (40).
Marko was raised in Lehi, Utah, and later moved to Mesa, Arizona, in 1951 where he attended high school and graduated as Senior Class President. Marko started attending Arizona State University and shortly after joined the Air Force as part of the Korean Conflict. After being released from the Air Force, Marko served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Virginia mission. Upon returning from his mission, Marko met his soulmate, Patsy White from Mesa, Arizona. They were sealed in the Mesa Temple, June 8, 1955.
Marko completed his educational degrees from Southern Utah College, in Cedar City, Utah, and Principle-ship from NAU. He enjoyed teaching school & being a physical education teacher for 20+ years at Colorado City Elementary School before retiring in 1993.
Marko was a very good father. He taught his children to work hard, to love the lord, as well as one-another. He dearly loved his grandchildren, and often gathered them up for horse rides, sports activities, storytelling, and singing.
Sports were a highlight in Marko’s life. He loved tennis and received many trophies. He also played softball and loved golfing with friends and family. Marko’s religion was very important to him, and he would share his testimony to all. He was definitely a Mormon boy. He will be loved, missed, and remembered by all who knew him.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Zions Way Hospice, and the many doctors that cared for him. Also, we would like to extend much love and appreciation to our family for their countless hours of devotion to our dad in his last years of his life.
A public viewing will be held Sunday, February 5, 2023, from 5:00– 8:00 pm, at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.
Services will be held on Monday, February 6, 2023, at 11:30 am, with a public viewing prior to services form 10:00 - 11:00 am, at the Holm Heritage Center, 1065 North Carling Street, Hildale, Utah.
Internment will take place at the Isaac W. Carling Memorial Park, 500 West Township Avenue, Colorado City, Arizona.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 100 S. Bluff St., St. George Utah, (435) 673-2454.
Family and friends are invited to leave a memory on Marko’s obituary page at