Arthur Allen Bailey
1938 ~ 2013

Arthur Allen Bailey, 75, of Cedar Hills, Utah, died peacefully on December 7, 2013. Art was born in Nevada City, California on April 25, 1938. He was raised on a farm in Sanpete County, Utah. His father, Wesley and his mother Vivian taught him about hard work by introducing him to farming, carpentry and machines. They also taught him about Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ by showing how to pray and how to have faith.

Art was a devout and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved to be with others to worship each Sunday. He enjoyed all of the callings that he was given which included Boy Scout leader, Young Men's President, Home Teacher, Bishop and Missionary. He was excited to serve others and he liked to find creative ways to help people. He sought and was blessed with health and strength for all but the last months of his life. While he was healthy and strong, he gave everything that he had to serving the Lord and fulfilling the callings he had been given.

Art was married to Kay Kellett. They first met when they were young school kids. To him, she was the cutest little gal in Moroni and his crush on her made him too shy to talk so he teased her instead. To her he was a farm boy from Wales who was a pest and a flirt. When he finally worked up his courage, she decided that she would give him a try. Their relationship grew from there and on November 22, 1961 they were married in the LDS Temple in Manti, Utah. They have four children, Brent (Suzee), Karen (Hal) Nicholson, Craig (Dena) and Jill (Merrill) Frost. They raised their children with lots of love and kindness and almost no television. When their little family started, Art and Kay promised themselves that no matter what they would teach their children righteous principles. They kept that promise by holding family home evening, reading scriptures and attending church together. Art sealed that promise with his example -- he truly practiced what he preached. Art was happy that his sons served LDS missions and his children were married in LDS temples.

Art was fortunate to have a ready-made group of buddies and fellow laborers in the six brothers that were born into his family. His family did not have much money but they had more than their share of boxing matches, contests of strength and impromptu rodeos. He always counted his brothers as his best friends. He loved to get together with them to tell the stories of their lives and to teach their children the value of a good tale and a hearty laugh.

In 1957 Art's father died in an accident and his family moved away from their farm. Art served an LDS mission in the North Central States. Following his mission, Art went to school at Utah State. After college Art went to work for the LDS Church Education System. He worked as a seminary teacher and an institute instructor for 38 years. During that time he continued his studies and he earned post-graduate degrees from BYU in education and ancient history. Each new teaching assignment or degree included a move to a new place and while his family was getting used to the change, Art was usually getting used to his new calling as bishop.

He made many good friends as he served and worked in LDS wards and institutes in Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and California. Art retired from his job with CES in 2003. After his retirement, Art and Kay were full-time missionaries in Richmond, Virginia, service missionaries at Deseret Industries and temple workers at the Timpanogos Temple. Working hard and serving others were important to Art because he believed that when he served them, he was also serving God.

The last few months of Art's life were marked with hospital stays, medical procedures and therapy visits. Each bit of progress he made was lost in a subsequent setback. In the wake of each physical setback, he continued to learn and progress. He bore physical pain with a smile and he saw the emotional aftermath of each trauma as an chance to learn more about empathy and compassion. He was an example of determination and grit right up until the very end.

We thank all of Art's health care providers for their attention and effort on his behalf. We also thank the many family members and friends who called and visited Art during his time in the hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Cedar Hills 10th Ward Chapel, 9737 Chesterfield Drive, Cedar Hills. Family and friends may call Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Warenski Funeral Home ,1776 North 900 East, American Fork and from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the service at the Church. Interment will follow in the Highland City Cemetery.

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