Shirley “Shirl” Kimball Hancock, 89, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018, at home with his loved ones around him. He was born June 29, 1928 to Lydia Kimball and Martin Levison Hancock, in Bluebell, Utah. He had ten siblings, he was second to the youngest.
Shirl spent his youth on his father’s farm in the Uintah Basin and graduated from Altamont High School. He was an all-around athlete playing football and basketball. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He served four years in the United States Navy at the Philadelphia, Naval Base in Pennsylvania, and was stationed on the Block Island Air Craft Carrier as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class, until he was honorably discharged. Upon returning home he married Ilene Maybe and they had three children: Shirl Kim (deceased), Mark K. Hancock and Larraine (Gene) Van Orden. They built a cabin in Silver Fork, in Little Cottonwood Canyon where they spent lots of time skiing. They later divorced.
Shirl was a resident of Salt Lake County and worked for Liberty Park, Winder Dairy, Structural Steel, and E Systems. Upon retirement he moved to St. George, Utah and married Kay W. Labrum in October 1990. They were sealed in the St George LDS Temple in June of 1992.
Kay has three children by a previous marriage: Kathy Labrum Karren, Kenneth (Mellody) Labrum, Roosevelt, Utah and Shawn Labrum, Toquerville, Utah and thirteen grandchildren. He loved all of these children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as his own family; always being there whenever they needed him.
Shirl was a wonderful loving husband, an especially a good father, grandfather and great- grandfather to all these children. He was truly loved by his entire family, the little ones always wanted to know “where is grandpa”, when they came to visit, or called on the phone.
Shirl’s life was full; he loved skiing, golfing, fishing and wood working. He and Kay built a summer home in Driggs, Idaho with 3 ½ acres of land which he maintained with expertise. They did lots of the work on the home as it was being built. He also built much of the furniture that they furnished their home with. They played lots of golf throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado. They always enjoyed golfing together, and were ardent fans of the Utah Jazz, and Utah and BYU football.
Shirl and Kay owned a real estate company in St. George, Real Estate Professionals, LLC for more than thirty years. Kay was the broker but Shirl was always helping her with appraisals, running errands and seeing that things were done around the office and at home. They made a good team and enjoyed life together. Together they have five children, twenty-four grandchildren, and forty great-grandchildren.
Shirl was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and fought a good fight for many months, his sweetheart Kay was always at his side, taking care of him with loving concern and tender care. They shared a good life together to the very end. He was also cared for by his daughter, Larraine and husband, Gene Van Orden, and Shawn Labrum, and grandchildren.
Shirl was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, a son, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the South Gate LDS 3rd Ward Building, 1068 W. Chandler Dr., St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Friday, March 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd, St. George, Utah and Saturday, prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 So. Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Shirley to Ronald McDonald House Charities, www.rmhc.org or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.