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Ivan Sug Lowell Bailey

Born: 2/6/1925, Moab, Utah
Death: 5/24/2016, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 05/31/2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Spanish Valley Mortuary
Service: 06/01/2016, 10:00 am, Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Interment: 06/01/2016, 11:00 am, Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Ivan “Sug Lowell Bailey, was born February 6, 1925 in Moab, Utah. He was the ninth out of ten children born to Clarence and Fannie Essie “Bam” Bailey. His entire childhood was spent in Moab. He graduated from Grand County High School and attended college at the University of Utah until he entered the military, serving in the Army in WWII. He was a member of the American Legion and for many years he made sure every deceased veteran had a cross at the cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend. He recently received the “Quilt of Valor” in recognition for his military service. A quilt of valor is a lifetime award intended to honor, comfort, and heal.

He met his future wife Marlene in Los Angeles, California and they were married on November 11, 1949, (Veterans Day). To this union four children were born; Dennis (Christine) Bailey, Pam Every, Brenda Bailey, and Matthew Bailey.

Sug and Marlene joined the LDS Church in 1958 and were sealed for Time and all Eternity on March 22, 1960 in the Los Angeles Temple. In 1962 he moved his family to his beloved Moab.

He worked for Fairchild Furniture in California and when he moved back to Moab he started his own business, first with upholstery and eventually opening Bailey’s Custom Graft, a carpet and furniture store.

Sug was a big BYU football fan. He had season tickets for years and loved giving tickets to his friends so they could share his passion with him. He was a very giving man, so many family and friends were recipients of bananas. Citrus, olives and his favorite apples on Halloween.

Ivan passed away on May 24, 2016 at Moab Regional Hospital with his loved ones by his side. He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, Amber, Dustin, Lacy, Masen, Cassidy, Tyrel, Brance, and Ian; eleven Great-grandchildren Tenaya, Laura, Pearl, Kyler, Dakota, Wattson, Jaxson, Chantell, Aven, Etta, Trinity, and Harper.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday June 1, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A viewing will be held Tuesday May 31, 2016 from 6:090 to 8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary.

He was truly our guiding force and will be sorely missed.


Memorial Day (2016) seems a fitting day to memorialize a tribute to my wonderful Uncle Sug. Thank you, Sir, for your wartime service to your grateful nation in our hour of greatest need, and to your community, your loving family and friends and your service to God. I know I speak now for your brother Wendell (my father), and all of his immediate family, as he speaks now again from my many fond memories of both of you, always expressing positive and loving words about you. Thank you for your constant and loving generosity to your family, and to all you have ever met. Your expressions were always the hallmark of true love and devotion.
Rest now, in peace and reflection of all of the deeds you have done to contribute to the welfare of all.
With the deepest gratitude and love,
Your Loving Nephew,
- Jon Bailey

Ivan you will be very miss and I will miss you bring you some watermelon and cantaloupe from green river and your smile....
- Stephanie hales

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