1938 ~ 2013
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.