|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1926|
|Death: ||May 6, 2012|
Jennings Bryan Fairey Jr.(Bryan) returned peacefully to his Heavenly Father on May 6, 2012 at his home in Vernal surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Bryan was 85 years old and had made Vernal, Utah, his home since 1989 along with his eternal companion and wife of 46 years Barbara (Bodily) Fairey.
Bryan was born in Panhandle City, Texas on Aug. 20, 1926 to Jennings Bryan Fairey, Sr. (a railroad foreman) & Elva Verga Peacock.
Bryan lived through the Great Depression as a child and due to his father's position with the railroad his family moved to northern California while he was young.
Bryan enlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor when he was 16 years old and served his country on the USS Heermann, a Fletcher class destroyer stationed in the Pacific.
Bryan was involved in many of the pivotal actions of World War II, including the largest naval engagement in world history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
In one of the subset engagements, the Battle off Samar, his ship was part of the famous task force (Taffy 3) that exchanged direct fire with the Japanese super-battleship the Yamato.
During his youth and while in the Navy, Bryan enjoyed sports and activities of all kinds, boxing in particular.
Bryan shared many stories of his boxing exploits, which were corroborated by his family and shipmates at reunions, including becoming an accomplished Golden Glove welterweight.
After World War II, Bryan was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, faithfully living the Gospel throughout his life.
He met his Eternal Companion Barbara, at a church function and they were married in the Oakland temple on June 18, 1966.
He is the father of 11 and father to 13.
He worked intensely in his profession as a carpenter instilling in his children, a strong work ethic.
Bryan lived his life to the fullest, always striving to do the will of his Father in Heaven.
He will be missed as he is survived by his wife, a brother, a sister, 12 children, 36 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Bryan will be remembered in a funeral ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Ashley Stake Center (adjacent to the Vernal LDS Temple) at 11 a.m. after which he will be interred in the Maeser cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion and the National Guard.
There will also be an evening viewing at the Ashley Valley Funeral Home located at 410 North 800 West (next to the walking park) on Thursday May 10 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Online Condolences may be shared at www.AshleyValleyFuneralHome.com
We will miss you Bryan, beloved husband, father, hero, mentor and friend.
Jennings Bryan Fairey (1899 - 1975)
Maeser Fairview Cemetery
Created by: A Ruppe
Record added: May 06, 2012
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