Russell Rulon Foster, 81, of St George, Utah, passed away on July 21, 2015, after a courageous fight with a brain tumor.
Russ was born in Easley, South Carolina, to Wilda Truman and Corbett Foster. He spent most of his youth in Easley, South Carolina, and Huntington, Utah. He spent 22 years in the Navy as a jet engine mechanic, retiring as a chief petty officer. He served in and is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. During his time in the military he met and married his second wife, Patricia DeVor. As of his passing they had been married 53 years.
He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from San Jose State University and worked for many years as a Vocational Arts teacher in San Jose, California. Russ loved cars. Many of his days where spent in the garage tinkering with his own cars and fixing those of family and friends.
Russ was a devout member of the LDS church. He served in many positions within the church, including stake high councilman, temple worker and service missionary at the St. George historical sites, LDS Employment Center and the regional family history center.
Russ is survived by his wife, Patty; his daughters from his first marriage, Debbie Robinson (McKinney, Texas) and Trish Ernst (Tucson, Arizona), and their families; and his children with Patty, Cathy Holcomb (Orem), Denise Vavrek (Aurora, Colorado), Rob Foster (Manteca, California) and Mariann Foster (San Jose, California), and their families.
- Funeral services will be Saturday, July 25, 2 p.m., at the Morningside LDS Chapel, 930 South Morningside Drive, St George.
- A viewing will be Saturday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., prior to services at the chapel.
- Interment will take place at the Tonaquint Cemetery, St George.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to FamilySearch.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.