Lawrence Page Bailey February 25, 1934 ~ February 1, 2024

Lawrence Page Bailey, known affectionately to friends and family as Larry, was a beacon of light and a pillar of strength to all who had the pleasure of crossing his path.
Born on February 25, 1934, in the humble town of Monticello, Utah, Larry was a man whose life journey was as rich and fulfilling as the landscapes of his beloved home state.
He left this world peacefully on February 1, 2024, in Blanding, Utah, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and wisdom.
Larry's early years were spent on the So. Creek Bar Cross Ranch, where he was born to Kenneth R and Reta Page Bailey. It was here, amidst the rugged beauty of San Juan County, that Larry learned the values of hard work and perseverance from his grandfather Joseph Moroni (Rone) Bailey.
His childhood was filled with adventure, herding sheep and cowboying, experiences that would shape his character and remain dear to him throughout his life.
A natural leader, Larry's academic and athletic prowess shone brightly during his time at Monticello High School, where he graduated in 1952.
As student body president, a formidable basketball player, and an undefeated wrestler, he exemplified the spirit of determination and excellence.
Larry's thirst for knowledge and commitment to education led him to Utah State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1960, followed by a master's degree from the University of Utah in 1966.
Larry's professional life was dedicated to enlightening young minds as a beloved teacher of math, chemistry, and biology. His 27-year tenure in Monticello and 10 years in Las Vegas, Nevada, were marked by his passion for teaching and his unwavering commitment to his students.
In 1974, Larry's efforts were recognized when he was honored as Utah Teacher of the Year, a testament to his impact on the field of education.
The love story between Larry and Geraldene Bailey, his wife of 66 years, began in the Manti Temple on December 27, 1956.
Together, they built a life rich in love and family, raising five children, with their son Mitchell and daughter Lora carrying on his legacy.
Larry was a devoted father, and although he faced the heartache of losing three of his children, Shana, Kyle, and Shela, his spirit remained unbroken, and he continued to be a source of strength for his family.
Larry's spiritual journey was deeply rooted in his faith. He served an LDS mission in Oslo, Norway, and embarked on two more missions with his wife in Russia and Nauvoo.
His dedication to service extended to his roles in two bishoprics, on the high council, and in the stake presidency.
Larry's love for the youth was evident in his heavy involvement with scouting, where he inspired countless young individuals to reach for the stars.
His interests were as vast as the Utah skies. Larry was a cowboy from day one, spending much time with his grandfather Moroni (Rone) Bailey, herding and shearing sheep across many western states, ranching, raising hay, and riding horses.
A trailblazer, he was the first in Utah to breed Simmental cattle, proudly taking a bull to Denver and winning first place at the stock show. Even when age meant he could no longer mount a horse, Larry's spirit remained indomitable.
Funny, kind, and wise, Larry had a humor and quick wit that could light up any room. His stories, often peppered with laughter, were not just tales of days gone by but lessons in living a full and meaningful life.
Larry loved his family, horses, and the mountains with a passion that was contagious. His absence will be deeply felt, but his influence will continue to live on in the hearts of those he touched.
As we bid farewell to Lawrence Page Bailey, let us remember that his life was a testament to the power of positivity, the importance of family, and the unyielding spirit of a true cowboy.
Let us carry forward his legacy by living each day with the same zest and joy that Larry did.
His journey on earth may have ended, but his story will continue to inspire and motivate for generations to come.
Larry, you will be profoundly missed, but your memory will forever guide us like a lighthouse in the storm.
A memorial service begins at noon on Friday, February 9 at the Monticello Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Visitation from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

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