Paul Arthur Furr – St George News

March 28, 1933 — March 4, 2022

Paul Arthur Furr, CDR-Ret (USN), Ph.D., husband of Merlene Wright Furr of 67 years, died Friday, March 4, 2022. Born in Logan, Utah on March 28, 1933, he was the son of the late Carl Jethro Furr and Norma Henrie Furr Reich.

Paul retired as a Commander of the United States Navy, proudly serving 23 years in the Medical Service Corps as an Aerospace Physiologist. Paul attended the University of Utah on a scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. He earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1968 and a doctorate in physiology from the University of Oklahoma in 1976.

Paul began his career in the Navy, earning his Paratrooper Wing Badge as a Naval Test Paratrooper and Senior Naval Paratrooper and retired as General Manager of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. Paul then worked for Grumman Aerospace on the NASA contract for the International Space Station.

Paul retired permanently in 1995 to St. George, Utah, where he enjoyed photography and volunteered at the Bureau of Land Management. Paul’s greatest passion was “jeeping” and what he started as a couple of friends exploring southern Utah and the Arizona strip in their jeeps has now become the St. George Jeepers with more than 600 jeeping enthusiasts.

Paul’s children and grandchildren live all over the United States. He particularly enjoyed sharing his passion for all things outdoors with his children and grandchildren and always looked forward to their visits.

Paul is survived by his wife Merlene Furr, St George. Daughters: Jane Ginestra, Austin TX; Karen (Lou) Attanasi, Charleston SC; Julie (Rick) Floyd, Lexington KY/Newly Hurricane, Utah. Grandchildren: Chantal Ginestra, Leda (Ryan) Ginestra Foster, Devon Ginestra; Michael (Alyssa) Attanasi, Brendan Attanasi; Chris Floyd, Kelsey Floyd, Craig Floyd. Siblings: Karl (Diane) Furr, Bruce (Ruth) Furr, Tamaree Littlefield. Paul was predeceased by his son-in-law Verter Ginestra.

Visitation will be on Friday March 11, 2022 at 9am, followed by the funeral at 10.15am at Spilsbury Mortuary, St George.

Family and friends who cannot be present are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.

Interment with full military honors will follow at Tonaquint Cemetery, St George Utah.

For those who will accompany Paul to his final resting place, the family encourages a procession by jeep and under the American flag.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Utah Public Lands Alliance: PO Box 833, St. George Utah, 84770; PayPal; Venmo (company) @UTAHpla.

The family would like to thank The Meadows Assisted Living and Integrated Senior Care for their loving care in Paul’s final days.

Arrangements are being made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign Paul’s online guestbook at

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