Douglas Claude Abbott

April 9, 1941 – Nov. 18, 2021

Douglas Claude Abbott, 80, of Washington, Utah, passed away on Nov. 18, 2021. He was born to Claude Abbott and Marjorie Bowler on April 9, 1941. He married his sweetheart Gennilee Kahle on Aug. 31, 1962.  

Doug and Genny stayed in Las Vegas until 1972 when they moved their family of four to the small town of St. George, Utah. He was a journeyman pipefitter by trade where he excelled in making gates, staircases, and … babies. Doug and Genny went on to have six more children while also raising four of Genny’s siblings and many others along the way.

Dad loved to go hunting and for us kids, it was the best family vacation you could ask for. Dad made sure no kid was left behind, even if that meant wearing them on his back with six or seven little ones trailing behind him.

Although it sounds chaotic and less than ideal, it’s important to note that grandpa was always the one who came home with the biggest buck. He loved being outdoors, whether he was working on his garden where he found solace, or enjoying the beauty of Southern Utah. He was a simple man with only a few prized possessions; his family and the mountings on his wall. Materialistic things were not important to him, time and people were.  

Grandpa was a captivating storyteller and the ultimate prankster. There wasn’t much that came out of his mouth that wasn’t witty, often getting him in trouble but always making people laugh. More than anything else, he was a lover. He loved fiercely and with his whole heart. 

He is survived by his beautiful wife Gennilee Abbott of 60 years, eight children, 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  

Jeff and Jen of Scottsdale, Arizona

Becky and Bryan Smethurst of St. George, Utah

Chris of Salt Lake, Utah

Matt of Dutch John, Utah

Gena and Justin Tripp of St. George, Utah

Nicki Abbott of St. George, Utah

Emilee and Josh Faulkner of St. George, Utah

Mason and Lexi of St. George, Utah

He is preceded in death by his parents Claude and Marjorie Abbott, his son Scott Abbott, his daughter Kimberly Patterson and grandson Kacy Abbott.  

Friends and family are invited to watch the services for Mr. Abbott remotely by clicking the Zoom link below: 

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Douglas’s online guest book at

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