ST. GEORGE – A funeral for Donald Padilla will be held at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 10 South Bluff Street in St. George, on Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m and on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. The community is welcome to join in paying respect and sharing consolation in the tragic loss of this man.
Padilla is survived by his wife, Becky, and two sons, one of who lives at home and attends Dixie High School. He worked two jobs to support his family. The Padillas would have celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on June 2.
A fund to help the family is being arranged at Zions Bank. Information on how to donate to the fund may be obtained from Zions Bank and will be made available here as it is received.
Donald Padilla passed away Wednesday night around 7:40 p.m. from injuries sustained in a head-on collision auto accident of that morning.
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This publication aside, only in UT have I seen such sanitized news reporting.
Donald was killed by a teenaged drowsy driver who had participated in a ‘Senior Sunrise” event, not a private graduation party as some venues are now reporting. He was exhausted after participating in what local teens are describing as an all-night event. There’s been no indication (released) that he was using drugs or alcohol. He was exhausted…he is just a kid…and the event organizers need to be called to the carpet for not anticipating such a scenario.
A family lost their father/husband/son and the damage to the teenager who feel asleep at the wheel of the SUV hasn’t even begun to be measured. It’s sickening to think that this happened to good people, all the way around.
This accident was a terrible tragedy and I am sad for the family of Mr. Padilla, and the boys and their family. I feel I must correct San’s statement. These boys were students of Desert Hills High and the only organized event that I was aware of that night was the trip to Disneyland for the graduating seniors, which my son was on.