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Buddy # Secrest

Born: 5/31/1969, Moab, Utah
Death: 11/13/2018, Salt Lake City, Utah
Service: 11/24/2018, 10:00 am, Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane

“Buddy” Arthur Omer Secrest Jr., 49 Years

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 November 13th with his family by his side; after an unfortunate event happening Saturday the 10th at Intrepid Potash. A memorial service will be held at the LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane, Saturday November 24th at 10am

Arthur Omer Secrest Jr. born May 31, 1969 to Art and Wanda Secrest. Buddy was always very outgoing and lively; He participated in many extra circular activities during his time at Grand County High School. He later went on to join the Army being stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia. After being honorably discharged from his time in the Army, Buddy settled down in Moab to raise his family. He continued to participate in co-ed volleyball, bowling leagues, and 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 has 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, 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.

Buddy was predeceased by his father “Art” Arthur Omer Secrest.

Buddy’s family wishes to express their gratefulness for the many kindnesses shown to them during this difficult time. We are truly blessed to live in such an amazing community.


I will never forget the big smile, and the talks we shared while car pooling to the potash plant. I send my deepest sympathies to the family at this time. I send my prayers and wish to you to always remember Buddy and his influences on you as a family.
- Darrell Benson

Dear Wanda and family; My heart goes out to you for the tragic loss of your son. I can't think of anything worse than losing a child. Please know that I care and offer you my deepest sympathy and love.
- Diane Rynio

He was a great friend and real great guy, i remember plenty of good times with him growing up, we would go out rabbit hunting or just up target shooting and out four wheeling his old scout out all over moab, high school sports and church activities like church basketball and kneeboarding down at Lake Powell, he was one of my close friends and he will be missed by many and by me and my family, my prayers and blessings to his mom and family
- Eddy Lammert

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