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Arthur Omer Secrest Jr., 49, 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, after an unfortunate event happening on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Intrepid Potash. A memorial service will be held at the LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m.

Secrest was born on May 31, 1969, to Art and Wanda Secrest. Secrest was always very outgoing and lively; he participated in many extracurricular activities during his time at Grand County High School. He later went on to join the U.S. Army, being stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia. After being honorably discharged from his time in the Army, Secrest 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. Secrest 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.

Secrest 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.

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

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

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.