Jeremy Van Wiley, 80, passed away March 26, 2023 in Richfield. He was born January 16, 1943 in Richfield to Van Arlin and Betty Lou Coppinger Wiley. He attended Antimony Elementary and graduated from Piute High School. He played basketball in high school.
Jeremy worked alongside his parents and siblings on the farm irrigating, cutting/baling/hauling hay, milking cows, riding for cattle and building a dairy barn. He started driving truck at a young age and spent many years driving diesels. He drove the first cattle truck over Hell’s Backbone and down into Boulder before the highway was built because he didn’t know he couldn’t. Later he got bored with truck driving and went into the construction business, hauling and moving dirt. He owned his own construction company and he built many projects such as: MGM in Reno; I-215 in Salt Lake county, jails and Davis Monthon Air Force Base in Arizona, border patrol fence between Arizona and Mexico. He served on numerous boards in Arizona, including St. David Water and State Contractor’s Association.
At the end, Jeremy was most proud of having been honest, always completing every project he took and doing so to the satisfaction of the company, always paying his bills, and paying on his “fire insurance”. He served wherever and whenever he was asked for the town of St. David, Arizona. He was pretty transparent, what you saw was what you got. He spoke his mind, whether or not you wanted to hear it. But, he said he always had good intentions.
His passions were fast cars, hunting and riding his horse. He owned a 1964 Dodge race car which he used as it was intended. He spent his last Sunday watching Nascar races. He loved hunting on the Boulder mountain and had many stories to tell of his escapades with “the boys”. He spent many Sundays riding his horse with his dog into the deserts of Arizona.
He joined the National Guard and Army and served his country faithfully. Patriotism was real to him as were other values such as: honesty, integrity, family love and community responsibility instilled in him from his parents and his country upbringing.
He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was reactivitated and spent the last 30 years serving in many capacities including, stake presidency, bishoprics, two service missions, home teacher, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Elders Quorum president. He said he had lived on both sides of the line and he found the most happiness was on the Lord’s side. He remained faithful to the end.
Survived by son, Jeremy (Dawanna) Wiley; grandchildren: Mashayla, Evan and Christian; great-grandchild, Kamari; siblings: Marcia Tobiasson, Roma Henrie, Bill Wiley, Tom Wiley.
Preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sally East.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Antimony Ward Chapel, where friends may call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Antimony Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com