Both the City Cemetery and Tonaquint Cemetery are open during daylight hours. At Tonaquint Cemetery, the Dixie Drive entry gate will be locked each day at dark; the gate located at the traffic circle will be opened only by special arrangement with the Sexton.
Burial Permits and Payment
No body shall be interred, or remains received at any cemetery unless a burial permit from a licensed mortuary is submitted to the Sexton. In addition, remains from out-of-state shall be accompanied by a Transit Permit. Payment of City burial fees shall be made to the licensed mortuary submitting the required permits unless the burial charges have been paid in advance to the Cemetery Sexton.
No interment or graveside service is allowed in the Cemeteries on Sunday or on any of the holidays officially observed by the City of St. George. On all other days, interments or graveside services will be allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All graveside services and interments must be arranged through the Sexton forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the time set, and, if there is an intervening holiday or Sunday, arrangements must be made seventy-two (72) hours in advance. Any exception shall be by the approval of City Council only and will result in the payment of additional fees.
A burial plot that has remained empty without burial use for a period of 60 years or more will be presumed abandoned by the lot purchaser. The abandonment will be advertised in the newspaper for 3 weeks. Unless an owner comes forward, the rights in the plot shall be terminated and thereafter be vested in the City.
The City will perform two indigent burials per year. These burials will be performed free of charge. Indigent burials will be performed at the convenience of the Cemetery staff, in a plot designated at the discretion of the Cemetery Sexton.
Semi-permanent memorials (trees, shrubs, etc.) shall be approved and located at the discretion of the Sexton. Tonaquint Cemetery: All temporary memorials (potted plants, flags, wreaths, etc.) must be placed in a raised adjustable receptacle in the monument or in the concrete border of the monument, a single shepherd hook may be placed adjacent to the concrete border. One shepherd hook per grave permitted. Adjustable receptacles must be of a type approved by the Sexton.
This fee is collected and kept in a special account which may be used for the maintenance and improvement of the Cemetery.
The Parks Division staff provides regular turf care, edging of the grass, and raising of collapsing monuments and markers as time and fiscal constraints allow; leveling collapsing gravesites as times and fiscal constraints allow (health and safety considerations will prevail in the determination of priorities); maintenance of trees and shrubs on a regular basis; and litter removal on a regular basis.
A periodic clearing of temporary memorials occurs three times a year: the 2nd Monday in January, the 2nd Monday after Memorial Day, and the 1st Monday of October. At these times, temporary memorials will be removed from the cemetery grounds. Each periodic clearing will be advertised in the local newspaper, announced in the City's utility bills, and disclosed by on-site signage to alert patrons to the upcoming event.
Monuments / Grave Markers