Arthur Omer Secrest Jr., known by his friends and family as Buddy, peacefully passed away at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City on the evening of Nov. 13, with his family by his side. He died after an unfortunate event occurred Nov. 10 at Intrepid Potash.
He was born May 31, 1969 to Art and Wanda Secrest. He was always very outgoing and lively. He participated in many extracurricular activities during his time at Grand County High School. He later joined the Army and was stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Buddy settled down in Moab to raise his family.
He continued to participate in co-ed volleyball, bowling leagues, and spent many years on the now Ben Byrd co-ed softball team. Buddy always lived his life to the fullest and never turned down a good time. He spent many Sundays hiking, floating the river, rabbit hunting with his boys, and, more often, a peaceful afternoon fishing at the lake or what he called “church.”
Never ordering the same thing twice off the menu, he was always up for trying new things and took much pride in his experiences.
Buddy is survived by his mother, Wanda Secrest; brothers and their spouses Jim West, Jay West and Joe West; sisters and their spouses Sherri Joiner, Wynette Hawks, Katrina Shewell; children, Tiffany, Jayme, Stefan and Brandon Secrest; grandchildren Cole and Kyle Secrest, and Dawson Winner; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Arthur “Art” Omer Secrest.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on Locust Lane, in Moab, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.
Buddy’s family wishes to express its gratitude for the many kindnesses shown during this difficult time. We are truly blessed to live in such an amazing community.
Condolences may be sent to the family atwww.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.