Paul Dean Black passed away February 4, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was 81 years old.
Paul was born in Cortez, CO on January 30, 1935 to Paul James Black and Martha Mae Helquist Black. Paul was the fifth of nine children.
He met the love of his life, Jannett McDonald, while he was attending Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. They were married on July 2, 1956.
In 1957, he graduated from BYU with a degree in accounting. After graduation, they moved to Monticello, UT where he and his brothers bought Black Oil Company from their father.
Their son, Mark Duane Black, was born while they lived there.
After a year in Monticello, they settled in Blanding, UT and continued working with his brothers.
Their daughter Michele was born while they lived in Blanding.
For most of his life, he and his brothers were in the wholesale and retail gasoline business, which included operating several stations in the Four Corners area.
Later, Paul sold his share of Black Oil Company to his brother and acquired the Kayenta Arizona gas station and operated it until he retired.
He made many friends among the people and employees on the Navajo Reservation.
In 1972, the family moved to Monticello where they spent the next 21 years.
In 1993, he and Jannett moved to St. George, UT to be near their daughter and family.
Paul enjoyed sitting on his patio in the early mornings. He and Jannett enjoyed watching the wildlife and feeding the wild rabbits.
Paul had a love for bike riding and enjoyed many rides with his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, coin collecting, and flying small airplanes.
He loved to travel. He loved to go to the movies. He enjoyed jeep club with good friends, and in later years, he enjoyed going in his RV with his good friends Reed and Gaylene Hurst.
He loved people and was fortunate enough to have many lifelong friends.
He loved his family and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the most important thing to him.
He was extremely generous and would do anything to help someone.
Paul suffered for many years with a bad back and was in a lot of pain, but he never complained.
Although he will be deeply missed, we know that he has returned home to be with his sweet wife “Janessa” and that is just where he wants to be.
He is survived by his son Mark Duane (Joleen) Black, of Pukalani, HI; and his daughter Michele (James) Stewart, of Diamond Valley, UT; eight grandchildren, Veronica Black, Valerie (Edmond) O’Donnell, Margaret “Maggie” Black, Kristopher (Mechelle) Trujillo, Maegan (Joshua) Barnum, Ashley (Aaron) Heaton, Skylar (Kallie) Stewart, Jennafre (Davis) Anderson; and 17 great-grandchildren, Treven, Aidan, Chayton, Bryce, Kyrie, Asher, Elijah, Luke, Beckett, Naomi, Joaquin, Eloise, Logan, Cella, McKinley, Fredrick “Freddie” and Edmond “Eddie”.
He is also survived by his sisters Ann (Lloyd) Roper of Payette, ID and Jessie Black of Meridian, ID; brothers-in-law Rex Nielson, of Blanding, UT, Steven (Angie) McDonald, of Provo UT, Donald (Rodetta) McDonald of Provo, UT, John Madsen, of Orem, UT; sister-in-law Colleen Black, of Sandy, UT and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers Dorman, Keith, Jim, Johnny; and sisters Allie Nielson, Carolyn Black.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at noon in the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT. There will be a viewing Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the services at the mortuary. Interment will take place in the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Paul’s guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.
Card of thanks
The family would like to give a special thanks to Rick Gullotto, Jason Olsen and Rose Castillo of Zion’s Way Hospice and the wonderful staff and friends at Sterling Court.
We would also thank Keith Shumway for his continued visits and lifelong friendship.