Our Heavenly Father has taken our beloved father and grandfather home. Arthur Omer Secrest, born Sept. 7, 1927, died May 11, 2012.
Art was an avid archer and gardener, winning many competitions (was well known for his accuracy) and growing tomatoes. He had a passion for growing and taking care of animals, including grandkids! Art always had a whistle or a song on his lips and a smile in his heart.
Art was born to Omer and Elsie Kettle Secrest in Monarch, Utah. He lived in Roosevelt a short time before moving to La Sal, Utah, where he lived until the eighth grade. Art then settled in Moab, where he lived the rest of his life and met his beloved wife, Wanda Hoffman. They married Feb. 28, 1969 and later were sealed together with their family on May 20, 1978.
Art played all sports (football, basketball, and track) and continued playing basketball until the ripe old age of 62. He served in the military from September 1946 to July 1948. He worked in the mining industry most of his life before putting in 25 years at the potash mine.
Art is survived by his loving wife, Wanda; and his children, Jim (Kristy) West, Sheri (Gary) Joiner, Jay West, Joe West, Buddy Secrest, Wynette (Jimmy) Hawks, and Katrina (Brian) Shewell. He also had a quiver full of grandkids (30) and great-grandkids (22 and counting).
Art was preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Elsie Kettle Secrest; his siblings, Irvin, Ray, Lee, and Patsy; and in-laws Jim and Dorothy Hoffman.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 16 at the Moab LDS Stake Center. A viewing was held Tuesday at Spanish Valley Mortuary. Burial followed at the Grand Valley Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.