Craig Carson DeHart of Montezuma Canyon, Monticello, UT, passed away May 27, 2013, at age 70, due to health complications.
Craig was born April 30, 1943, in Provo, UT to Louis Kershaw and Virginia McNamara DeHart. He married Jeanie Ilene Lamb on August 22, 1966, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have been married over 47 years and raised 11 children.
Craig’s influence spans his time in Payson, Enterprise, and the last eight years in Monticello and Monument Valley, UT. Craig was raised on a farm in West Mountain in Payson, UT.
He attended Brigham Young University and subsequently graduated from the University of Oregon, School of Dentistry in Portland. Affectionately known as “Doc DeHart,” he practiced dentistry for over 40 years. Before his retirement last year, he spent 12 years as a dentist in the Monument Valley Clinic serving the Native Americans, whom he loved.
One of his biggest loves was Native American culture and history. He was very talented with his hands and created pottery with authentic designs.
Other hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening, farming, raising animals, Dutch-oven cooking, artisan bread-making, and many other crafts and skills. He was a great story teller and excelled in “big fish” stories.
Craig was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his lifetime. At age 19, he served a mission to the Netherlands. He served in various positions in Church, including 38 years as a youth leader in the Young Men’s program and Boy Scouts of America.
Craig is preceded in death by both of his parents and his sister, Cathie (Dave) Young.
He is survived by his siblings: Guy (Vonnie) DeHart, Dennis (Shirley) DeHart, Brian (Dawn) DeHart, Lani (Joseph) West, Hali (Lee) Stewart, and Hugh (Sheryl) DeHart.
He is also survived by his wife and 11 children: Shane, Julaine (Max) Root, Amy (Daniel) Millet, Jared (Shannon), Ginger (Rob) Harris, Heath (Monica), Annaleigh (Anthony) Worthen, Erika (Brandon) Finlinson, Abbie (Richard) Clark, Ashleigh (Larry) Turner and Chantel DeHart; and 41 grandchildren.
Viewings were held on Friday, May 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, UT and Saturday, June 1 at 12-1:30 p.m. at the Ridge View Chapel, 750 North 1000 West, St. George, Utah. Funeral Services were held Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. also at the Ridge View Chapel. He is buried in the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, UT.