Orlin James Black Sr.

Nov. 29, 1940 – June 12, 2019

Orlin James Black Sr. passed away June 12, 2019, in Colorado City, Arizona. He was born Nov. 29, 1940, to Leonard and Verna Colvin Black. He married April Dawn Bateman on Sept. 20, 1966, and Vonee Bateman July 17, 1970.

Orlin was born in Hildale, Utah, and was raised in Kanab, where he graduated high school. He played various musical instruments in school. After graduation he moved to Short Creek, Arizona, and helped start the Short Creek Fire Department. He worked at Barco Manufacturing fixing sewing machines for many years. He also worked at Zion Motors as a mechanic in St. George for 27 years.

Orlin loved his children.

He is survived by his wife Vonee; 22 children, LaRena Black Bistline, Orlin James Black Jr., Carla Black Jessop, Tony McCrae Black, Dawna Bistline Black, Randall Kurt Black, Jerry Colvin Black, John Morley Black, Patrick Darwin Black, Verleen Black Jessop, Angelene Black Chatwin, Leland Dee Black, Brandon James Black, Trina Ann Black Bistline, Marinda Black Stubbs, Benjamin Romaine Black, Lena Black, Daniel Bateman Black, Kerry Leonard Black, Tani Black Jeffs, Kira Black Steed, Craig Nicholas Black; 96 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife April Dawn Bateman (Dec. 13, 2007), son Conway Lamar Black (May 24, 2014), and grandsons Mathew Eli Black and Desmond Cole Black.

Funeral services

  • There will be a visitation held Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah.
  • Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Isaac Carling Memorial Park, Colorado City, Arizona.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at Spilsbury Mortuary online


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