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Shirl Neils Holt

February 9, 1943 — July 7, 2023

St. George, Utah

 

A beloved brother, husband, father, and grandfather; Shirl Neils Holt passed away at the age of 80 on July 7, 2023, at his home in St. George, Utah, after a 20-year battle with heart disease.

Shirl was born on February 9, 1943, in Cedar City, Utah to Woodruff Adams Holt and Dorithy Helen Tobiasson Holt. He grew up in Enterprise, Utah and loved ranching, farming, dancing, raising animals, and playing basketball with his childhood friends. He was a basketball star for the Enterprise Wolves in high school and was inducted into the Enterprise Hall of Fame. Shirl had a basketball scholarship to Dixie College but chose instead to volunteer for the draft by joining the Army in 1962. He served in Germany for 2 years.

Upon his return, Shirl married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lydia Langford, on August 22, 1964. They were sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 15, 1976. Shirl was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and he and Mary were called to serve two missions. The first was at the Family History Center in St. George, Utah in 2002. The second was a Denmark-Copenhagen mission in 2004, primarily served in Reykjavik, Iceland. At this time, Shirl was able to discover his Icelandic heritage while meeting many wonderful people. Shirl and Mary traveled back to Iceland several times throughout the years.

Shirl was a kind, loving, and generous man who was always ready to help anyone in need. Everyone who knew him loved him and his contagious sense of humor. He was soft-spoken and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was an honest, hard-working man who devoted his life to providing for his family.

Shirl was blessed with 10 children - Melanie (Kason) Burgess, Daniel Holt, Deborah Holt, Timothy Holt, Stephen (Jamie) Holt, Gregory (Lindsey) Holt, Monica (Bryant) Cafferty, Brandon Holt, Andrea (Martin) Schijf, Natalie (Samuel) Murray. He had 27 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He adored his large family; they meant the world to him.

Shirl is survived by his sister, Helen (Douglas) Drake. He was preceded in death by his son Daniel Shirl Holt, grandson Bailey Judd Burgess, father Woodruff Adams Holt, mother Dorithy Helen Holt, brothers Woodruff Leslie Holt and Brent Joseph Holt, and his sister Dorithy Yvonne Sprague.

Funeral services will be at 11 am on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at the Bloomington Hills Stake Center, 1130 E. Brigham Road, St. George. The viewing will be on the same date and the same location, from 9:00 am - 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Holt Family Cemetery in Enterprise, Utah, followed by a luncheon at the Enterprise Community Center, 525 East 400 South.

 

 
 

 

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

9:00 - 10:30 am (Mountain time)

Bloomington Hills Stake Center

1130 E Brigham Rd, St. George, UT 84790

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Bloomington Hills Stake Center

1130 E Brigham Rd, St. George, UT 84790

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At the conclusion of the funeral service, interment will be at the Holt Family Cemetery, Enterprise, Utah, followed by a luncheon at the Enterprise Community Center, 525 East 400 South.

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