Norman Hoyt Cox(1927 - 2013)

Norman Hoyt Cox

St. George

Norman Hoyt Cox quietly passed away on February 12, 2013 at the age of 85 in a peaceful end to a long and beautiful life. Norman was born in St. George on February 16, 1927 to Melvin Eugene and Harriet Hoyt Cox where he was raised with his three sisters. He met his life-long love and eternal companion Mary Dawn Barton as a teenager and was married and sealed to her in the St. George Temple on December 12, 1946, recently remarking he was prepared to spend at least another sixty years on Earth with her.

With a few brief exceptions Norman lived his long life in the red desert and sage of Southern Utah where he graduated from Dixie High School in 1946 and was a dedicated and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Norman proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific and enjoyed telling his children and grandchildren stories about that time in his life. Following the war he returned to St. George to raise a family of 7 children and to continue the family business - Arrowhead Department Store. He lived all aspects of his life with such pure intent and openness that he was an example to all around him of the simple teachings of Jesus Christ. Norman will be fondly remembered for his folksy story-telling, generous heart and his open door policy to all who were willing to stay for a chat.

Norman is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Mary Dawn Cox; his children, Ron (Joyce Labrum) Cox, Sharon (Kenny) Kindle, Barbara (Robert) Englund, Dennis (Ann Shurtliff) Cox, Deloy (Nancy Parks) Cox, Risa (Lennard) Bakker, and Curtis Cox; sisters, LoLeta Jackson, Lorna Wood; 19 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mona Barton; brothers-in-law, Harold Jackson, Garth Barton and Lowell Wood.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in the St. George 10th Ward Chapel, 591 W. 500 North. A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 5:00 to 700 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, and again on Monday morning prior to the funeral service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the 10th Ward Chapel. Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at


Funeral Home

Spilsbury Mortuary
110 South Bluff Street St. George, UT 84770
(435) 673-2454

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013