Russell Jarboe, 1921 ~ 2011

Russell C. “Rusty” Jarboe, 90, peacefully returned home to his Father in Heaven on Sept. 14, 2011. He put up a good, long hard fight with two cancers.

Rusty was born June 24, 1921 to Henry O. and Inez Basham Jarboe in Patesville, Ky. He was proud of his Kentucky heritage!

Moving out west, he enjoyed doing many things – jeweler, leather man, playing guitar, singing, tour guide for Union Pacific Railroad at Grand Canyon, and Zions National Park, hunting guide, and a truck driver (while in Kentucky).

Rusty lived the true American Cowboy life, always out on the range, a trapper for the Wildlife Service.

He wrote two unpublished books, “Thunder Canyon” and “The Elusive Valley,” even working on them until he couldn’t write anymore. Most of all, he was a friend to whomever he had the pleasure to meet; friends were an important part of his life, even if he liked being alone the best.

He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie (Mark) Sorensen, of Northern Utah; three grandsons, James, Randy, and Bryan Sorensen; and four great-grandchildren, BrookLynn, Alli, MarLee, and Ashton Sorensen.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Sigurd LDS Chapel at 10 a.m. A viewing was held Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab and at 9:30 at the church the day of the service, followed by interment at the Sigurd City Cemetery.

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