It is with profound sorrow that we share the unexpected passing of our cherished Darryl Trent “Goat” Hafen, which occurred at his home in Hurricane, Utah, on Thursday, March 21, 2024. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his brother Troy, his father Darryl, his mother Mary Jane, his cousin Wade, and his aunt Gloria Kezos. Trent is survived by his sons Braxton (in St George) and Jordan (in St George), his sister Darci (Vanessa) (also in St George), his adored grandchildren Cambri, Jersey, Madden, Addison, & Maddox, his step-grandchildren Lyla & Tanayah. He also leaves behind numerous beloved uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends who will continue to honor his memory.

Goat was born on November 28, 1962, in Kanab, Utah. He was raised on 700 South in St. George with his brother Troy and little sister, Darci. He graduated from Dixie High School. He went on to serve an LDS mission in South Carolina and Georgia. Following his mission, he pursued higher education at Southern Utah University and earned a bachelor's degree in education. Goat's passion for teaching led him to become an elementary school teacher in Las Vegas, where he positively impacted the lives of many students.

He married Monica Tervo and had two sons: Braxton & Jordan. Monica and Trent later divorced. Tragically, after four years of dedicated service in education, Goat faced significant challenges with his mental health, which ultimately necessitated his departure from teaching.

Trent was remarkably candid about his battles with mental health and addiction. At the time of his passing, he was on the brink of celebrating his 11th year of sobriety, a milestone he achieved through unwavering determination and resilience. He served in Alcoholics Anonymous for years, helping set up speaker meetings and supporting others. Trent shared his journey openly, fervently hoping that his experiences would serve as a cautionary tale for those grappling with similar challenges. Despite facing numerous close calls due to poor decisions and unfortunate circumstances, he believed that Fate had spared him to convey a message of hope and survival. Trent attributed his sobriety to the unwavering support of his AA companions and his devoted mother, Mary Jane, as well as to his spiritual beliefs in Jesus and Jim Morrison. Each evening, Trent engaged in a ritual of journaling before immersing himself in music, wielding a long Native American staff as he imagined himself on a stage, connecting deeply with his inner spirit. These nightly concerts often stretched into the early hours, serving as a cathartic expression of his journey towards healing and self-discovery.

During the difficult months of his brother Troy's cancer decline, Goat stepped up to be there for him. He was also essential in helping to care for his mother Mary Jane after his father had passed away. In the last few years of his life, he was able to do some traveling. He was able to see his Buffalo Bills play in New York and to see his Orioles play in Baltimore. Additionally, he embarked on numerous journeys to Los Angeles to catch the Dodgers in action with David McDonald, fulfilling a passion for sports that ran deep within him.

Goat's love for music was profound and unyielding, evident in his attendance at over 100 concerts in his final years with Dave McDonald or Jeff Wilkes. Music served as his guiding light, a source of solace and spiritual connection that he embraced wholeheartedly.

The family would like to thank the Alcoholics Anonymous community for supporting Trent in making his last years the best years of his life.

Services will be held at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St George, Utah on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Viewing: 12:30PM-1:30PM

Family Prayer & Closing the Casket: 1:45PM

Funeral Service/Celebration of Life: 2:00PM

Family and friends who are unable to attend are invited to view the service online by clicking on the link below.

Livestream Link

Interment to follow at Santa Clara Cemetery: Ancestor Way, Santa Clara, Utah

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454.

Family and friends are invited to sign Goat’s online guest book at


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Spilsbury Mortuary
110 S Bluff St
St. George, UT

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Mar 26, 2024

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Darrel will be Missed at our Bingo Games every other Tuesday at Lava Bluff 😪. He Always said Hi 👋 and would tell us of his adventures of either going to Concerts or Some Sporting events. Just recently he had started coming to the Potlucks and seemed to enjoy the company. Such a Kind Spirit 🙏 He's now found his Peace 😇

Kristin Lugo

Hurricane UT

Kristin Lugo , Hurricane, UT, US Mar 29, 2024

Dear Darci, I am so extremely sorry and saddened to hear about Goats passing away and can’t believe that it happened so suddenly! I feel so blessed to have been able to be called friends to Goat, Belly, and you, along with Darryl and Mary Jane!! I sincerely Love your family and know that you will be able to be together again someday!! Please know our prayers are with you along with so many thoughts and memories with Goat. Belly, and your family!! I can only imagine what the Hafen boys are doing right now ☝️in Heaven and what a glorious reunion with family that Trent is having with your family and many ancestors!!

Your in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers Darci!! 🙏❤️🙏❤️

Kurtis D. Kendall , Washington, UT, US Mar 27, 2024