Guy was born the 6th of 7 children to Lee and Lois Bartholomew on May 16, 1953 in Payson, Utah. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Springville High School in 1971. He was a faithful lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission in Washington, D.C.
He married Lori Kay Lewis in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 25, 1977. They were blessed with 5 wonderful children. Mandi (Ryan) Green, Millville, Melanie (Nick) Rust, Logan, Jessica (Joshua) Smith, Nibley, Jordan Lynn (Jordan Paige) Bartholomew, Ivins and Landon (Kylie) Bartholomew, Wellsville and 12 amazing grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Max, and Douglas Bartholomew. He is survived by his wife Lori, children, grandchildren, siblings: John Bartholomew, LeeAnn Orton, Joyce Memmott, and Mary Sue Sharp.
Guy was a great story-teller. He lived a life full of service, lived it passionately, and loved his family and friends greatly. He has left a huge hole in the hearts of all who knew him. For the rest of the story, a viewing will be held at Nyman Funeral home, 753 South 100 East in Logan on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 12:00 with a viewing prior 10:30 – 11:30am at the Wellsville 7th ward chapel, 660 South 100 West, Wellsville. Interment will be held at the Mendon Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made at America First under The Guy Lynn Bartholomew Memorial Account (details after tribute).
Tribute to Guy Bartholomew by Lori Kay Bartholomew
I was hoping this day would never come. Now that it has, I can’t stop thinking about the love of my life. Guy Bartholomew passed away on May 17, 2019 at 14:19. His death has been a shock to all of us, including many neighbors, friends, and family.
Guy was born May 16, 1953 to Lee Berns Bartholomew and Lois May Durrant Bartholomew. He was the 6th of 7 children. Siblings Max, John, Lee Ann, Doug, Joyce, Mary Sue.
Guy had a talent of being able to have a story for everything. He was well informed on happenings in the world and especially events in the lives of his family. He could make friends easily and lived a life full of service to others. He was passionate about life and expressed his passion about the good things he would see or hear happening in the world and close to him. Many times, as he was reading or telling a story, he would become so touched that tears would roll down his checks.
He told us stories of his youth. Family times were precious. The trip to Yellowstone in back of the red truck and his dad chasing a bear up a tree. The family attending church together and if he wanted to stay home he had to do the dishes so he decided it was better to go to church. The family getting together and singing as his brother would play the guitar or one of his sisters would play the piano. Learning to garden from his dad and hunting and fishing trips. His teenage years were full of adventure. He loved scouting and all the camping and backpacking trips he went on. He was proud of the summer of ‘66 where troop 66 hiked 66 miles in the 6th month of the year. He became an Eagle scout at an early age and wanted those experiences for the boys as he became a scout leader later in life and for his own sons and grandsons. He had a love for music and traveled many places playing records for dances. The Beatles were one of his favorites. He told us the solutions to all life’s problems could be found in the lyrics of rock and roll music. Summer of ‘69 was another great summer for him as he stayed with friends in a mobile home and hauled sprinkler pipes for a farmer in Idaho. Guy graduated from Springville High School May 1971 then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington DC area where he ran into a childhood friend that was not a member of the church and baptized her. He was a faithful member of the church his whole life, had a strong testimony and served in many callings. His favorites were in scouting, the high priest group, and ward missionary where he got to go visit with people and tell his stories and share his testimony.
It wasn’t long after his mission that another of his goals was accomplished marrying Lori Kay Lewis in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. The next goal having a righteous family began on our first anniversary with the birth of our daughter Mandi with Melanie, Jessica, Jordan and Landon to follow. He was excited at each birth and his children loved and respected him.
Guy worked as a cabinet builder for many years and then for a vinyl fence company before starting his own handyman business,“The Right Handy Guy”. He could do almost anything from building houses to fixing our cars and appliances. If he didn’t know how to do something, he would figure it out by searching the internet and then through prayer.
The last few years he enjoyed working with Curtis Griffiths doing remodeling jobs and soon became best friends traveling recently to Saint George to do a dutch oven dinner for our son Jordan’s ward. He loved to build and fix things, especially if it was something for his family. His garden was his therapy, and he often told us he would talk to his plants to get them to grow so well. Last week when his tiller died, I heard him say, “well that just took the wind out of my sails”. It made me smile. He made me smile many times with some of the funny things he would say or the way he would change names of things like: “Hobo Freight, Crime Rental, we’re going to the pee-rade, cackle berries”. The kids even started to write down a lot of Guy quotes “Curtis says…” “that’s a nice bucket”…
Guy was especially passionate about his family; he was a wonderful husband and father. When we were living in Washington, his brother Doug would spend a couple of days a week with us while traveling for business and passed away a few days after one of those visits. Guy remembered how Doug would be in contact everyday with family. As soon as Guy learned how to use a smart phone and Marco Polo, he was always checking to see what the kids were doing and sending messages back and forth even when he didn’t know he was recording. He looked forward to any occasion that the family could get together. He was looking forward to taking me camping and wanted to know what my most fun camping trip was so he could recreate it.
After his knee replacements a few years ago, we sold our trailer to eliminate the payments. He was sad to see it go, mostly because he knew I didn’t like sleeping in a tent and was looking forward to getting another one. He loved camping and wanted to experience it with me. The next family camping trip after selling our trailer he took the mattress off our bed, built a platform to go under it and strung LED lights across the ceiling of the tent with a switch by the bed to turn them off and on. He was the first to get up and get the campfire going and loved to cook all the meals.
Spending time with family and creating memories was most important to him. He would always ask on Sunday if the kids were coming over today. He took every opportunity to go and do things with them. Building memories was more important to him than money. He helped Mandi finish the basement of her house and we had a fun trip to Tennessee with her family and many basketball and soccer games for the grandkids. Over a year ago Melanie decided that her family would come once a month to play games with us. Many times, we ended up getting together more than once with the other kids/grandkids joining us. Last year Guy was able to ordain Ammon to the Aaronic priesthood and was so proud of him for making it to the top of King’s Peak with his scout troop, something Guy had always wanted to accomplish. He was looking forward to going with him this summer on their scout trip to Yellowstone. Guy helped Jessica with her house also and recently we had a fun camping trip to Great Basin with her and her family. Guy was able to attend the Golden Spike celebration with them a couple of weeks ago and could not stop talking about how good it was. He also loved sharing gardening and construction ideas with Jessica. We made multiple trips to Saint George to help Jordan on his house, visit, and go hiking. One of those trips was a scary trip out of fear we were losing our little Alice. She was excited about the play dough grandma brought her, but more excited that grandpa helped her make things with it, like bacon. He helped Landon finish the basement of his last two houses and I enjoyed our talks on the drives back and forth to Rexburg. On our last trip to Rexburg we were able to witness the eclipse and both felt it was such a special experience that we would go to Texas to the next one. He has really enjoyed having Landon, Kylie and their little girls living with us. He loves all of his kids and grandkids and was proud of their accomplishments wanting to share them with anyone that would listen.
He was my rock during anxiety and panic attacks, during my stresses over death, my imperfections, my physical problems. He was there to hold my hand through it all and give me a wink or a hug out of the blue. I loved his sparkling blue eyes, his smile, his ability to whistle for the kids or gobble at the neighbor’s turkeys. He had and still has a great sense of humor. After I started working full-time, he started doing more cooking, laundry, and cleaning. We dreamed of some day soon being able to retire and spend more time together seeing places he wanted to see with me, going camping more, and continuing to be involved in our children’s lives.
Last summer it was his idea instead of spending money on Christmas to plan a family trip to build memories. That trip is next month and he was so looking forward to it and the projects he wanted to get done before we left.
Guy’s 66th birthday, May 16th, the day before his death, was a good day. He was happy to video chat with the kids in St George and visit with Jessica and her family. The other children spontaneously planned to meet that night for dinner. We had a wonderful evening together. He talked about the great time he had with family as we prepared funeral potatoes for a friend’s funeral the following day. He was still talking the next morning about the wonderful time he had had and was able to get a few things done at home before going to the funeral. At the funeral he gave a beautiful closing prayer and helped carry our friend to his resting place. Guy collapsed at the graveside where he was taken to be re-united with his friends and family who have gone before. We will never be the same; our hearts are broken, and miss him so much, but we have faith that we will see him again.
Love you Guy Always and Forever,
To donate to the Guy Lynn Memorial account at America First Credit Union you can donate at a branch, transfer online if you are a member, use an ACH (convenience fee), use your own financial institutions bill pay feature, or send a physical check. Routing number for AFCU 324377516.