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Spencer Earl Staley

May 14, 1939 — September 21, 2023

Washington, Utah

Spencer Earl Staley

Spencer Earl Staley passed away at home on September 21, 2023. He was born on May 14, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Elmer Doris Staley and Margaret Overson. He married Carolyn Bates on January 31, 1959, in Morgan, Utah, and later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple for all time and eternity on March 9, 1962.

Spencer was a hard worker and worked as a maintenance foreman in an underground trona mine in Wyoming. He retired after 28 years and he and Carolyn traveled for a bit and ended up in Saint George, Utah, where they made their home. Spencer enjoyed fishing, hunting and being in the mountains with family and friends. He loved to learn new things and took many opportunities to expand his knowledge. Some of the things he did were painting scenes and portraits, making bows and arrows, jewelry, and leather work. He constantly worked with his hands and built many things over the years, including sheds, frames, and he even made a sleigh with 8 tiny reindeer for Christmas. Family was his pride and joy as he got older, and treasured spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He studied the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved following the teachings of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Staley; sons, Lavelle (Pam) Staley, Russell Staley, David (Mary) Staley, Todd (Amy) Staley; daughter, Sandra Pitts; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Karen (Jack) Giger.

He is preceded in death by his son, Mark Staley; granddaughter, Cassandra Pitts; great-grandsons, Luke Emerson Staley, and Ryder Staley; mother, Margaret Overson; father, Elmer Doris Staley; siblings, Ray Staley, June Taylor, Viola Birch, Geraldine Schmitt, Blanche Eisenhouser, Elden Staley, Gilbert Neal Staley.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 11:00 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 600 East Telegraph, Washington, Utah, 84780.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at 5:00 pm, at the American Legion Hall, Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund.

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 Spencer’s online guestbook at

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Past Services

Funeral Service

Thursday, September 28, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 600 East Tabernacle Street

600 East Tabernacle Street, Washington, UT 84780

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Celebration of Life

Friday, October 20, 2023

5:00 - 6:00 pm (Mountain time)

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