Paul Ernest Hunter was born July 20th, 1938 to Mel and Drexel Hunter in Cedar City, Utah. He died at the age of 85 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on October 23rd, 2023 in Cedar City, Utah.\n \nDad grew up in the perfect era where kids could run free and get into mischief, and he did just that. He was a champion wrestler at Cedar High School where he took State. There he met Karen Gale and fell in love and became Cedar High School’s prom king and queen. Soon after high school they were married on August 24th, 1956, and had 3 children - Jeff, Jill, and Chad. \n \nDad was honorably discharged from the Utah 222D Army National Guard of Utah. He served as a reservist for 8 years during which time he was deployed to Puerto Rico for a short tour. \n \nDad was the epitome of a true hunter, train whistle blower, tease, prankster, tree-carver, hard worker, sling shot maker and shooter, belt buckle and chandelier maker, gift giver, camper, nick name giver, Native American culture lover, and mountain man. He loved the mountains and hunted everything. He truly lived up to his Hunter name and left his marks and legacy.\n \nWhen Dad’s father helped open Brian Head Resort in 1964, it allowed Mother and Dad to pick up skiing. Many days were enjoyed skiing together as a family. \n \nAfter Dad and Mother retired, they spent their summers camping at Jack and Margaret Wade Miller’s property in Horse Valley. Countless hours were spent camping in their trailer and adventuring the roads and trails of Southern Utah in their side by side. The Brian Head Fire of 2017 devastated him when they barely made it out with the help of Kendall and Judy Cripps. \n \nPaul is preceded in death by his father and mother Mel and Drexel Hunter, daughter Jill Russell, sister Joan Nelson, brother Bobby Hunter, and great grandson KC McCrae Murphy. He leaves behind his wife Karen, dog Lulu, sons Jeff Hunter (Laurie) and Chad Hunter, sister Susan Orton (Sterling), and countless grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren.\n \nDad, we love you and will miss you. Thanks for your example of love and strength. Happy hunting until we meet again.\n \nWe would like to acknowledge and thank Ethan Bunker, Janelle Brown, All Seasons Assisted Living, and many others who have helped Paul during his illness and passing for their acts of kindness and loving service.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Cedar West Stake Center (725 S. 1100 W., Cedar City, Utah). Viewings will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 W., Cedar City, Utah) and Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 am at the church. Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. A livestream of Paul’s service and online condolences may be left at www.mortuary.org.