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George Cherrington

July 14, 1934 — March 12, 2024

George Cherrington, 89, passed away on March 12, 2024, in Cedar City, Utah. George was born July 14, 1934, in Panguitch, Utah, to Alfred Riley and Cleta Merriee Kennedy Cherrington. He was the youngest of 3 boys.

George graduated from Panguitch High School in May 1952. During his high school years, he played the trumpet in a dance band with some hometown friends. He attended (BAC) Branch Intercultural College (now SUU) from 1952 to 1955. In 1956, he was drafted into the US Army and was stationed in Korea. In 1958, after the military, he worked at Bryce Canyon for a summer, then moved to Provo. He worked in the service department at Commercial Tire in Provo until 1962, then he became a wholesale salesman for them, where he eventually became their top salesman.

George married Kay Riggs on July 2, 1960, in Orem, Utah. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on August 10, 1967. Together, they had 3 children: Craig, Kelly, & Amy. Kay passed away on January 7, 2003. After Kay's death, George married Elizabeth Ann Thomas Jones on May 8, 2004, in Cedar City, Utah. With their marriage, he inherited 5 bonus children: Rebecca, Elyce, Selene, Zane, and Burke.

George was a hard worker and after leaving Commercial Tire in 1974, he opened a gas/service station, Imperial Tire Service in American Fork until 1980. He worked for Lehi Roller Mills, Alpine School District as a Bus Driver, a custodian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Sellers Management in charge of maintenance. He also worked for Anderson & Sons Mortuary helping with funerals part-time. He worked for American Fork City Ambulance for a brief time. He also worked for Southern Utah Mortuary in Cedar City for a few years.

George was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. He served as a counselor in the bishopric of the American Fork 13th ward, and the 28th (Single's) ward. He had many fond memories from his service. He and Kay served in the Mount Timpanogos temple. After he married Ann, they were able to serve several missions in the Mesa Arizona Humanitarian Center and the Mesa temple.

George is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann; children, Kelly (Clayton) Anderson, Amy (Kent) Hone, Charlotte Cherrington (daughter-in-law), Rebecca (Kevin) Orton, Selene (Kevin) Corbridge, Zane (Michelle) Jones, Burke (Janette) Jones; 31 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Cleta; wife, Kay; son, Craig; daughter, Elyce Schmutz; granddaughter, Charla; daughter-in-law, Merilee Jones; and brothers, Robert and Julian.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N 300 W, Cedar City, Utah 84720. A second viewing will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E 100 N, American Fork, Utah 84003. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 PM at the American Fork Cemetery, 600 North Center Street.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to our sister, Rebecca Orton for her many hours and years of helping take care of dad, and Heather at Zion's Way Home Health and Hospice for her care for dad these past several months. And for all the family and friends who served and cared for and loved dad.

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