Obituary: Anthony Jordon (AJ) Rooks

Anthony Jordon (AJ) Rooks, born July 2, 1983, left us suddenly on March 19, 2011, due to complications relating to his heart.
AJ was born in Vernal, Utah, the first of three children, to Don and Eileen Rooks. He spent 15 years of his life in Rangely, Colo., which is where he first developed a deep-rooted love for family, a passion for outdoor activities and a vigor for life.
AJ was graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah, and later served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Fresno, Calif., mission.
He was married April 24, 2010, to his sweetheart Jenna Anderson. From an early age, he loved to roam the nearby mountains with his family, riding horses, hunting for trophy bucks and snowmobiling. He was also a gifted athlete, who excelled in any athletic competition he participated in. He especially loved playing football every Saturday with his father and brothers. He had a strong work ethic and high level of self-discipline. He had a lot of compassion for people, and always made everyone feel comfortable. AJ was active in the LDS church, and was serving alongside his wife as ward mission leaders. At his time of death, he was developing tools for “the movement” in dub nutrition.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 11 months, Jenna Anderson, his sister Lynlee (Nate) Price, brother Taylor and his parents.
A viewing was held at Liberty 4th Ward, 142 W 200 N, Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 23, with a funeral following at 2 p.m. Online condolences may be made at
We honor him and will fulfill his legacy.