Joseph W. Bybee, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on October 28, 2012, due to congestive heart failure in Utah Valley Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Joe was born in Escalante, Utah, to Walden and Laura Lay Bybee, and grew up in Annabella, Utah. He loved to hunt and roam the hills with his friends and brothers. At age 17 he joined the Navy and then returned home to work as a clerk at the post office in Provo. He was a Sergeant First Class in the Richfield Utah National Guard. He and his wife raised registered Quarter Horses and he was especially close to his beautiful cow cutting stallion, Ready San Peppy. He enjoyed his log furniture business and the family will always cherish the beautiful things that he crafted. When he retired, he moved to Birdseye, Utah, with his wife and his last years were spent among the beautiful Utah mountains, enjoying his family. His four grandchildren were the special light in his life these past years, Kellen, Carson, Taylor, and Melia.
He was a member of the LDS Church and had a close and personal relationship with the Savior.
Joe leaves behind his wife, Chris, and his sons, Aren C. Bybee (Jenny) and their three children, Kellen, Carson, and Taylor, of Woodland Hills, Utah, Bron J. Bybee and fiancé Leona, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Cale E. Bybee, (Nikki) and daughter Melia, of Lehi, Utah, and Clint Baum (Maria) of Lindon, Utah. He is also survived by all of his siblings: Lloyd Bybee (Kaye) of South Jordan, Utah, Marlene Haney (Clair), of Clinton, Utah, Laree Hendrickson (Doug) of Winter, California, Jerald Bybee (Colleen) of Cedar City, Utah, Donald Bybee (Kaye) of Glenwood, Utah, Dean Bybee (Karen) of South Jordan, Utah, Terry Bybee (Sandy) of Weber, Utah, and Lee Bybee (Diane) of Richfield, Utah.
A graveside service will be held at the Annabella City Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012.
He will be greatly missed for his tough guy attitude and his soft heart. We know he is riding the heavenly hills on Ready with his beloved Grandpa Lay. Love you…til we meet again!
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Published in Deseret News on Nov. 1, 2012