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Jarrell M. Massey passed away in Rangely, Colo., on March 26, 2015. He was born in Vernal, Utah, on July 30, 1929, to Ora A. Pope and Sewell Massey.
Jarrell married Opal Robbins on Nov. 3, 1945. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on April 3, 1953. Together they had five children. Opal passed away on June 13, 1996.
Jarrell married Betty Oba in Craig, Colo., on April 25, 1998.
He was a master hunter, master gardener and a master woodsman and was an extremely hard worker.
His many occupations include: butcher, fence builder, rancher, farmer, logging, oilfield, sawmill operator and outfitter. He retired as foreman of the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Materials Center in 1995.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings including bishop of the Meeker Ward and served as stake patriarch for 30 years. He touched the lives of many people in a positive way. He was an example of true manhood. He is a legend.
Jarrell is survived by: his wife, Betty Massey; a sister, Bonna Walters; a daughter, Uvonne Gale (Brent); sons: Darryl Massey (Diana), Lannie Massey (Peggy) and Stuart Massey (Shelley); stepsons Gary Oba and Douglas (Ellen) Oba; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Jerrell is preceded in death by: his parents, Sewell and Ora Massey; wife Opal; daughter Opal; sister Virginia; and brothers Boyd, Robert and Garn.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Rangely, Colo., at the Rangely LDS Chapel, 123 Eagle Crest. A viewing was held Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the chapel, prior to the funeral service. Interment was held at Vernal Memorial Park in Vernal, Utah, at 3 p.m. under the direction of the Ashley Valley Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.AshleyValleyFuneral Home.com