David J. Neil, 66, passed away from a sudden illness at Dixie Regional Medical Center, peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 25, 2018. He was born on April 17, 1951 in Provo, Utah to Dan and Nyla Neil.
Dave graduated from American Fork High school in 1969. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served in the Vietnam War on an ammunition ship, The USS Mauna Kea, and he was honorably discharged in June of 1975.
He then moved to Parowan, Utah, which he called God’s country. Dave married Kathy Christina Adams on April 17, 1976 in Cedar City, Utah. They had two children together, Becky and Jacob. They were later divorced.
Dave spent his life loving his two children, spending many days camping, fishing and hunting. If there was a four-wheeler and a mud puddle he was in heaven. He loved the outdoors and teaching his kids about the important things in life.
One thing he waited for was to have grandkids, which he had many adopted ones until along came the lights of his eyes when Korkie AKA Koralee, and Tater Aka Aiden came along. They made his world complete. They were best friends from the beginning.
He was a friend to many and loved by all that new him. He was an example of Christlike love and compassion. He will be missed greatly.
He is survived by Becky and Lincoln Wood of Hurricane, Utah, and Jacob and Katrina Neil of Gunnison, Colorado. Grandchildren: Clayton Wood, Robert, Torey, Esther Rangel, Koralee and Aiden Neil. Mother Nyla Neil, Parowan, brothers Gary & Renee Neil of Enoch, Jeff and Laurel Neil of Parowan, and Brad and Melanie Neil of Hurricane, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Dan Blaine Neil and his grandparents.
Graveside services were held on Friday March 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Parowan Utah Cemetery, Parowan. There was a viewing Thursday, March 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Parowan LDS Church, and Friday morning from 9-10:30 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454.