George Richard Pallas

Pallas, George obit(June 21, 1926 – January 12, 2015)

George Richard Pallas passed away on January 12, 2015, in Alpine, Utah.

George was born on June 21, 1926, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Tony and Mary Pallas.  He had two brothers and three sisters. George served his country in WWII in the US Army.  He married Janet Bartlett on June 26, 1948.  They had five children and were married for 60 years until Janet passed away in 2008.

George worked as a Teamster, for Rock Island Motor Transit, he retired in 1977.  He and Janet moved to Logan, Utah, where he worked as a mechanical foreman for the LDS church for many years.  He and Janet moved to Santa Clara, Utah, in 1995.  George and Janet had many friends and loved their Santa Clara neighborhood.  Most people he knew just called him Grandpa.

George loved working in his shop and making wood projects for everyone.  He loved waving to all the children and neighbors that passed by.  He enjoyed making anything with his hands. George could also be seen riding shot-gun with the Santa Clara Marshals.  He was a quiet man of few words but had a huge heart.

George served in many church callings but especially loved the Boy Scouts.  He loved to joke, and almost always had a smile on his face.  He loved teaching others his trades.  Fishing, hunting, and camping were some of George’s favorite past times.  George always loved the simple things in life.

After his wife’s death George moved to Alpine, Utah, to live with his daughter Joy and her husband Robert.  Joy took such good care of him. She devoted the past five years to caring for his needs.  He was her constant companion and rarely was out of her sight. He was fortunate to have a wonderful aide that came to assist with his various personal needs.  His favorite was Candice Hammer who always brought a smile to his face and a wiggle to his walk.

He is preceded in death by his wife Janet and his son George Richard Jr.  He is survived by Debra (daughter) of West Palm Florida, Ted (son) and his wife Birdie of La Pointe, WI, Joy (daughter) and her husband Robert Jones of Alpine, Utah, and Chris (son) and his wife Lori of Santa Clara.  His brother Martin and his sister Irene also survive him. George had grandchildren and great grandchildren that loved him very much.

Funeral Services

  • Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at noon at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 South Bluff, St. George.
  • A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary and on Saturday, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to services.
  • Interment will take place in the Santa Clara Cemetery.

Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign George’s online guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.

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