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David Randolph Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: May 10, 1945

Date of Death: August 3, 2007

Birth Place: Spanish Fork, UT

Death Place: UT

David Randolph Seeley

David Randolph Seeley, 62, passed away Monday August 3, 2007 after a valiant fight with heart and kidney disease. Dave was born May 10, 1945 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Dewey Randolph and Claudia Johnson Seeley.

He attended schools in Provo and Orem, graduating from Orem High School in 1963. He began working for Geneva Steel shortly after graduation, working as a mill wright in the foundry department, retiring after 30 years of service.

He was married and later divorced. He has two daughters Kim (Rodger) Olson, Salem, and Chris McWillams, Ogden. He is also survived by 5 grandsons and 2 granddaughters; his mother, Claudia Johnson Seeley, So. Ogden; and sisters, Claudia Glee (Lynn) Anderson, Cory, Colorado and Carla (Mike) Brown, So. Ogden. Dave is also survived by Francis Tanner, best friend and soul mate, whom Dave enjoyed spending his last years with and who cared for him with love and compassion beyond compare. He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey R. Seeley and a sister, Hattie Jean Seeley

Dave was a true western cowboy. He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing and was a true rodeo man. Throughout his life he belonged to several riding clubs including Provo, Salem and Utah County Mounted Posse as well as participating in numerous rodeo events throughout the Intermountain West, winning many regional and state titles. He loved his animals especially his horse Vandy.

The Seeley family wishes to thank Francis and her family for showing Dave love, honor and respect throughout his illness. You are truly angels.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the Holladay-Brown Funeral Home, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin, where friends may call Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to services. Burial, Spanish Fork Cemetery.

Published in the Daily Herald on August 6, 2007.

Kim Olson knew how she wanted to honor her father on his last ride. She called Paul Jackson, member of the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse and asked if the members would ride honor escort for her father’s casket. They said yes. Jackson said this is only the second such escort given in Utah County. He patterned the escort after the mounted military escort of President John F. Kennedy’s funeral cortege.

David R. Seeley passed away, Aug. 3, and the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse rode escort for his funeral from Spanish Fork Main Street to the cemetery. Seeley had been a member of the Mounted Posse, some time back.

Jackson, Alicia Hone, Darryl Timmons, and a riderless horse preceded the hearse. Jackson said “it’s an honor for us to do this.” The riderless horse, led by Timmons, carried Seeley’s hat on the saddle horn, and his boots, turned backward in the stirrups. The backward boots signify a downed rider, and also in the Military signify the Calvary officer looking back at his troops one last time.

Usually the Mounted Posse is involved in search and rescue and community service projects. They also compete in shows, as part of Western Riding Club Association.


Published in the Spanish Fork Press (UT), August 16, 2007

[Great-great-grandson of SGS # 2337 – David Randolph; Dewey Randolph; William Berkley; William Hazard; Justus Wellington (# 2337); Justus Azel (# 836); Justus William; Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel, Robert]