Cover photo for Paul Arthur Furr's Obituary
Paul Arthur Furr Profile Photo
1933 Paul 2022

Paul Arthur Furr

March 28, 1933 — March 4, 2022

Passed Away: 3.4.22

Paul Arthur Furr, CDR-Ret (USN), PhD, husband of Merlene Wright Furr for 67 years, died on Friday, March 4, 2022. Born in Logan, UT March 28, 1933 the son of the late Carl Jethro Furr and Norma Henrie Furr Reich.

Paul retired a Commander from the United States Navy, proudly serving 23 years in the Medical Service Corp (MSC) as an Aerospace Physiologist.  Paul attended the University of Utah on a track scholarship, receiving a BS, 1955.  He received a MS degree from Georgetown University, 1968, and PhD in physiology from the University of Oklahoma, 1976.  Paul began his career in the Navy, earning his Parachutist Wing Insignia as a Naval Test Parachutist and Senior Naval Parachutist and retired as Executive Officer, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.  Paul then worked for Grumman Aerospace on the NASA contract for the International Space Station.

Paul permanently retired in 1995 to St. George, UT, where he enjoyed photography and volunteered at the BLM.  Paul’s greatest passion was ‘jeeping’ and what he began as just a couple of friends exploring southern Utah and the Arizona Strip in their jeeps has now turned into the St. George Jeepers with over 600 jeeping enthusiasts.  Paul’s children and grandchildren live far and wide throughout the US.  He especially loved sharing his passion for everything outdoors with his kids and grandkids and always looked forward to their visits.

Paul is survived by his wife Merlene Furr, St George.  Daughters: Jane Ginestra, Austin TX; Karen (Lou) Attanasi, Charleston SC; Julie (Rick) Floyd, Lexington KY/newly Hurricane UT.  Grandchildren: Chantal Ginestra, Leda (Ryan) Ginestra Foster, Devon Ginestra; Michael (Alyssa) Attanasi, Brendan Attanasi; Chris Floyd, Kelsey Floyd, Craig Floyd.  Siblings: Karl (Diane) Furr, Bruce (Ruth) Furr, Tamaree Littlefield.  Paul was preceded in death by his son-in-law Verter Ginestra.

Viewing will be Friday, March 11, 2022, 9:00am followed by Funeral Services at 10:15am at Spilsbury Mortuary, St George UT.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by hovering on the space below and then click on the link.

For those who will accompany Paul to his final resting place, the family encourages a jeep and American flag procession.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Utah Public Lands Alliance: PO Box 833, St. George UT, 84770; PayPal (hover on the space below and click on the link. ; Venmo (business) @UTAHpla

The family wishes to acknowledge The Meadows Assisted Living and Integrated Senior Care for their loving care in Paul’s final days.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT, (435) 673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign Paul’s online guest book at
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Paul Arthur Furr, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, March 11, 2022

Starts at 9:00 am (Mountain time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 18

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree