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Jay Hugh Bryce

February 24, 1924 ~ October 27, 2020 (age 96)


Jay Hugh Bryce, 96, passed away on October 27, 2020 in Moapa, NV. Hugh was born on February 25, 1924 in Bryce, AZ to Alma John “Jack” Bryce and Roxey Elizabeth Felshaw. He was raised in Bryce, and attended Thatcher High School. Hugh was a senior in high school when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he and a friend enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an Ordinance man, fixing the planes and arming them on the base at Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands. He was very proud to serve his country. Upon returning home, he attended ASU where he met Donna King, and they were married in the Salt Lake City, UT temple on September 28, 1949. He was a farmer in Bryce, AZ, before moving to Thatcher and working at the power plants in the area. He went to Modern School of Phoenix, AZ and learned HVAC after which he went to work for Eastern Arizona College.


As a young boy, a family friend took him on his first flight, and Hugh became enraptured with flying. He was a certified pilot and loved being in the air. He bought a Taylor-Craft airplane in pieces and rebuilt it, and was able to enjoy flying it himself. He loved building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes. He also liked to make radio control equipment for the airplanes. Growing up in a time where things needed to last, he became very good at fixing everything that was broken. He loved to tend his garden and animals. Hugh was a kind man, known for his peaceful and gentle demeanor. He had a strong testimony of his Heavenly Father, and his Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved his family, and is being reunited with many loved ones.


Hugh is survived by his children; Susan (Larry) Williams, Wayne (Robin) Bryce, Roxanne (Mike) Pruitt, and George (Rochelle) Bryce; his sixteen grandchildren; his thirteen great-grandchildren (with one on the way), and his brothers, Daniel Bryce and Ross Bryce. He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his children, Russell and Barbara Ann; his two grandchildren; and his siblings, John, Earl, and Beth. 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020, in the Bryce Cemetery beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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