Our beloved father, grandfather & one of the most generous men we knew passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 12, 2018. Gene was born January 4, 1929 to Ina P. Stafford and Stanley M. Mitchell. He grew up in Fredonia, Arizona, and served in the Korean War. He also attended National Automotive Trade Tech in Los Angeles, California, but he couldn’t wait to get back to Fredonia. Gene loved Fredonia and all the people there.
Gene married Mary Lu Carter and together they had three boys, Mark Eugene Mitchell, John Grant Mitchell, & Stanley Cole Mitchell. They later divorced. He then married Loreeta G. Linton, and inherited 3 step-children whom he loved and treated like his own, Evelyn Ann Knape, Ronald Max Parker, & LoRal G. Linton. Together Gene and Loreeta had a daughter, Stana Genn Mitchell.
Gene was a jack of all trades, a master mechanic & he could fix anything! If anyone needed help he was the first one there. He owned his own septic business, and also worked, and retired as a mechanic for A.D.O.T. He was a member of the Model T Club. He loved old cars and hunting junk. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, and showed kindness to everyone.
Gene is survived by children and step children Stana G. (Mark) Fisher, Stanley Cole (Audrey) Mitchell, John Grant Mitchell, LoRal G (Charlyn) Linton, and Ronald Max (Bonnie) Parker; son-in-law Wayne Knape; siblings Bruce (Joyce) Mitchell and Dianna Hoyt; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Loreeta Mitchell, children Mark Eugene Mitchell and Evelyn Ann Knape, and siblings Maxine Marion Winrich and Rosina Gilbert.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Fredonia Arizona LDS Church, 80 South Main Street, Fredonia. Viewings will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 PM at Mosdell Mortuary, 676 So. HWY 89A, Kanab, and Thursday morning from 10:00-11:00 am at the Church. We will have an open mic, so we can all share stories of Gene. He loved to visit and share stories.
Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary.