WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
DON CARLOS & RAMONA CANNON SCHMUTZ FAMILY
St. George, Utah
BIOGRAPHYDon Carlos Schmutz was born March 18, 1917 in New Harmony, Utah.
Ramona Cannon was born on September 4, 1920 in St. George, Utah.
Don Carlos & Ramona were married on August 2, 1941 in the St. George Temple. They and their family lived in St. George until the late 1950s, when they sold their farm and moved to California.
Their dairy farm was located on the present site of Dixie State College.
279 South 900 EastRamona died on January 31, 1975 in Las Vegas NV and was buried in Plot C_25_16_4 in the St. George City Cemetery.
Don Carlos died on November 4, 2010 in Hemet CA and was buried in the St. George City Cemetery.
MEMORIESThe John Wayne and Susan Hayward movie, "The Conqueror", was being filmed in the area around St. George in 1955. While in St. George, Susan Hayward rented a home from Steve Schmutz' Uncle Terry about 3 or 4 miles from the Schmutz farm. John Wayne rented another house three houses up the street from hers. On the 4th of July, Steve and his cousin, Wally Jay, were invited out to the desert shooting set while Susan's birthday was being celebrated. A photographer took a picture (see WCHS-00111) of the large birthday cake being cut with with John Wayne's big prop sword. That evening, Susan let her twin boys go over to the Schmutz farm for a sleepover on the back lawn. During the night, she had her driver bring her over to the farm to check on her boys. She found all was well and leaned over to kiss them both in their sleeping bags.
REFERENCESMilking Time; The History of Dairy Farming in Washington County, Utah
by Loren R. Webb
Don Carlos Schmutz obituary
Find-A-Grave entry for Don Carlos Schmutz
Skalooza: Dixie High School memorial for Don Carlos Schmutz
Find-A-Grave entry for Ramona Schmutz