Kevin James Wamsley
07/11/2021

Kevin James Wamsley, age 49, passed away July 11, 2021, in St. George, Utah after suffering an acute pulmonary embolism. At the time of his passing, Kevin was surrounded by his loving wife Brooke, and their children.

Kevin was born in Provo, Utah on August 19, 1971, the sixth of seven children to Dee J. and Sherlene Wamsley. Kevin grew up running through the hills in West Jordan, Utah with his brothers. Ever an outdoorsman, Kevin developed his love of fishing, hunting, and exploring early in life. Kevin served an LDS mission in Brasilia, Brazil from 1990-1992. Prior to his mission, he attended Utah State University and then transferred to Southern Utah University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business. It was there that Kevin met his dear wife, Brooke, the daughter of Ed and Toni Bowler of St. George, Utah.

Kevin married Lauren Brooke Bowler on March 11, 1995, in the St. George Utah temple. They are the parents of five beautiful children: Mckinnlei (Spencer) McMullin; Brynn (Jed) Jensen; Jackson Kevin Wamsley, Nathan Bowler Wamsley, and Emmy Laura Wamsley.

One of Kevin’s favorite places was the open grassland in Manila, Utah. He loved the outdoors and could cook anything over an open fire. One of his signature meals was making sourdough pancakes with sourdough starter passed down through his family for over 100 years. He also loved the annual deer hunting trip with his brothers and it was one of the few times Kevin would take off work. As the years passed, his sons Jackson and Nate joined him on this and other hunting trips where Kevin taught them to hunt, fish, and work hard. Kevin was warm, loving, generous, and cherished his family. He loved giving gifts. Kevin made sure his children always had the best Christmases. Each year after all the gifts had been opened, he would go into another room and bring out a meaningful surprise gift for everyone that would be met with tears. Also, throughout the year he would often indulge them with presents, goodies, and treats – much to the chagrin of his wife.

Kevin and Brooke both came from large extended families and would often sacrifice time at home to make sure they supported their families by attending family reunions, baptisms, baby blessings, missionary farewells, and homecomings both near and far. This effort has resulted in a legacy of close ties to cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents that will last for generations. When he wasn’t with family, Kevin was working. He ran several successful businesses that often took him out of town for days or even a week at a time. Kevin would frequently drive through the night, work all day and all night, and then drive home again as soon as he could. He was greatly respected for his tireless work ethic and his commitment to treating both customers and employees with courtesy and respect.

Kevin is preceded in death by his parents, Dee and Sherlene Wamsley. He leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, and an undying commitment to family and God.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 16, 2021, at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Shadow Mountain Ward), 124 North Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah. There will be a viewing at the same place on Thursday, July 15, 2021, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and again from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on Friday, July 16 prior to service. Interment will take place in Gunlock Cemetery, Gunlock, Utah.

Funeral arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Kevin’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

Services

Visitation

5:00 – 8:00 pm – LDS Chapel (Shadow Mountain Ward) – 124 North Valley View Drive, St. George
07/15/2021

Second Visitation

Services

11:00 am
07/16/2021

Address

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Shadow Mountain)
124 North Valley View Drive,
St. George, UT

Cemetery

07/16/2021
Gunlock Cemetery
Gunlock, Utah

Guest Book

50 Responses

  1. Brooke and children, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your loving husband and father. I hope you will all feel comfort and know that I am praying for you. It’s never easy to loose a loved one. Take the time you need to grieve this loss and remember the good and bad times with this man who you spent your lives with. I send my love.

  2. Our hearts break for you Brooke and ALL your family! Kevin was such a great man. He was always so friendly and funny! And always had a smile on his face. May God be with you in this tragic and challenging time!
    Sending Love and prayers💕
    Tracy & Will Hokanson and family

  3. Rest in peace Kevin although i only knew you from your business with our company you were always a welcome smile and a friendly hello.

  4. We’re so very sorry to hear about this. What a great man, husband, father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Brooke, and your family. May God hold you close and strengthen you as you travel this new path.

  5. Kevin’s kindness and generous heart were even bigger than the smile I saw him wear constantly. He was a fun, hardworking father and husband. It was evident that Kevin adores his family. He was his kids biggest supporter and he talked with pride about their accomplishments and endeavors. Kevin had fun stories to share and was a good friend. He will be truly missed. My love and prayers go out to Brooke, Mckinnlei, Brynn, Jackson, Nate, and Emmy. ❤️

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. We love your family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    The Timmons family
    Rob, Jana and kids

  7. Dearest Wamsley Family,
    We mourn the loss of our dear friend Kevin. We love Kevin and loved his smile and positive outlook on life and we love how much he loves all of you. He was such a dedicated husband and father. Kevin was one of those people that had no hidden agenda, but he was just the nicest man. I loved how he was always so willing to cook Dutch oven dinners for us at girls camp and help us set up. Also, those sour dough pancakes on Christmas Eve were a special treat for all of the neighborhood to enjoy. He service was never ending. We love our dear friend and we love all of you so much. We will sorely miss Kevin. We pray and pray for you and will continue praying for comfort.

  8. Dear Warmsley’s,
    Amy and I are just heartbroken to hear about Kevin’s passing. Kevin was always an amazing friend. I served with him briefly in the Young Men’s program and was always impressed by his strength and leadership to those young men.
    Kevin was always a cheerful volunteer and he did many good things while nobody was watching, he was filled with an excitement for life and an ability to lift anyone with his smile!
    We love the Warmsley family and we pray for your comfort and healing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Wamsley family I am so sorry for your sudden loss. Kevin was always so friendly and caring. He was a great guy. Love and prayers for your family.
    Love the Gooch family

  10. Dear Brooke and Family,
    I truly mourn with your family with the loss of your wonderful husband, father, and friend. It’s so easy to see that he was always living the life of service that Heavenly Father asks of His choice spirits. Even as a school teacher when your boys were young, he reached out to me to help give the children a little something “extra” with the love he has for horses and “all`things`rodeo. That’s when I knew he and Brooke were friends for life, not just 9 months of a school year. I’m so grateful for his example and genuine goodness. These are the things that endure in this life and the next. My prayers are with you as you bear this great loss. Love always, Gerri Alldredge

  11. I mourn the loss of Kevin, and pray God’s blessings pour out upon Brooke and the children. I’m sure, on the other side of the veil Kevin will continue to celebrate his family in every way, because of his big heart and happy disposition. He has been an example of joyful service and love, and instigated so many great memories. He will be missed!

  12. Dearest Brook and family, it is with great sadness that I offer my condolences. I know how difficult time is. Please accept my love to all of you. Peggy González

  13. Dear Brooke and family,
    I was just thinking about your family the other day and what good friends and neighbors you were to us. Much love and many prayers from Georgia.
    Tryn Paxton

  14. Dear Brooke, when we first met you and Kevin, it was over 20 years ago and you already had McKiinnlei and Brynn. You introduced yourself to me at church, and even then it was obvious that you were an amazing young lady, with a sweetheart of a husband and the beginnings of a very special family. It has been a privilege to be friends with you and Kevin and watch your kids grow up to be amazing individuals. I cannot comprehend your feelings at this time—I wish I had wise words to impart, but ultimately I am left with telling you that my little family has been blessed to know you, Kevin and each of the kids. I will always treasure Kevin’s bright spirit and quick smile. All my interactions with him left me feeling lucky to be on the receiving end of kind words and thoughtful gestures. Brooke, you too are a light in innumerable people’s lives. Ever since I met you you have been quick to serve others and generous with your love and friendship. You and Kevin have left an indelible impact on me and my family. Please know that you, Kevin and each of your kids are so loved by so many. I pray that you will be blessed by some measure of peace at this heartbreaking time. With much love, Chantie

  15. Brooke,

    We are so sad to hear of Kevin’s passing. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time.

    We loved being in the ward with you all when we were in St. George and have fond memories of our friendships there. We know eventually, your heart will allow you take comfort in the sacred plan of our Savior and joy in the love of eternal families. We love you and if we can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Todd and Jennifer Bingham and family.

  16. Oh Brooke!! I am so very saddened to hear this! My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. My heart is breaking for all of you. May our Father in Heaven surround you in comfort and peace at this difficult time.

  17. Kevin was a great man, I really enjoyed working with him, he was always honest and I had a good heart,God rest your soul brother

  18. Dear Wamsley’s, We are truly heartbroken to hear about Kevin’s passing. Chris and I love you and your family. You’ve always greeted us with kindness and love, we will miss Kevin. Love, Chris and Amanda Beckstead

  19. Brooke and family, we are so sad to hear such a tragedy, may the Peace that passes all understanding surround you and keep you in His care. We so enjoyed your Kevin.
    Paul and Robin Tierney

  20. Dear Wamsley’s, We are truly heartbroken to hear about Kevin’s passing. Chris and I love you and your family. You’ve always greeted us with kindness and love, we will miss Kevin. Love, Chris and Amanda Beckstead

  21. Dearest Wamsley Family,
    My heart is broken for the passing of my good friend Kevin. He will always have a special place in my heart. I will forever be grateful for the good times we shared over the years and his generous heart. Know that you are loved dearly by so many and that you have a special guardian angel to look over you always. I look forward to the day that Kevin and I can roam free in the hills on the Hollister Ranch. With love, Ben

  22. Oh, sweet Brooke & children-No one should ever have to experience this, & yet, while we will never fully understand our trials, in this life, We are certain our loving Father In Heaven knows each one of us and that his PLAN is REAL! Always hold onto this hope, & know that you have armies of angels(both here & the eternities) cheering and praying for you! God be with you!

  23. Brooke and family//-
    I am so sorry to read about your cute husbands passing. He was way too young and just adds to my own grief as well. Love to all and may God bless you with comfort. Life sometimes gives us things that try our faith and this is one of them. But He is in charge snd He knows more than us so we have to hang on to our faith and say Thy will be done Love to all.

  24. Brooke and family, We were so sorry and heartbroken to hear of Kevin’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that you may feel the love of our Saviors comforting arms surround you and lift you up during this difficult time. W/love Jon and Randilyn Sparks

  25. I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of your sweet father and husband. I remember watching Kevin pick up Brooke for their fist date at SUU. A match made in heaven. Thinking of you all.
    Jennifer Peterson.

  26. We are so saddened for the family. I grew up with the Wamsley family in West Jordan. Kevin was always a light. Full of mischief and happiness. . We send our condolences.

  27. We are so very sorry to hear about Kevin passing. He was always so very sweet to everyone he meet and we are lucky to be counted among those people. I will be forever grateful that I was able to speak to him one last time just a few months ago and I received one of his cheerful smiles. Please know we are praying and thinking of your family daily. Love Ilia, Branden, Lily and Emily Armour

  28. I am so sorry to hear about this. What an amazing man, father, husband. You are in our thoughts and prayers Brook! Live you my sweet friend. May you feel gods love around you as you navigate through this time. Sending lots of love to you and your sweet family. ♥️

  29. My Dear Brooke,
    I am so deeply sorry at the passing of your husband. What a hard trial to go through at this time of your life.
    Your testimony touched me, and I’m so happy you’re feeling love, comfort, and support. I pray for continued comfort and peace. My prayers are with you for you and your children.
    💗 ~ Jenny Drummond

  30. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Bowler family at this time. We are so sorry for your great loss.

  31. Brooke and family, Kevin was such a wonderful ray of sunshine and made us happy just by being around him. He was always willing to go the extra mile in business to make sure we were happy with everything. I just had a call from him a week or two ago, making sure that everything was going okay and he wondered if there was anything else that he could do for us.
    We were so happy he and your family shared Snowball’s pup Zika with us. Kevin specifically picked her out for us and she was the perfect fit, just like he thought.
    Our hearts are breaking for you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love from the Mickelson Family

  32. Dear Brooke,
    I am so deeply sorry for your and your family’s loss. There are no words to express the grief. My heart is with you. Sending you light and love dear friend.

  33. Kevin will be so missed. He handled maintenance at the commercial center for so many years. It didn’t matter if a pipe broke or whatever the problem was even in the middle of the night Kevin would come running. I am so saddened, I’m sending prayers to Kevin’s family.

  34. Kevin will be so missed. He handled maintenance at the commercial center for so many years. It didn’t matter if a pipe broke or whatever the problem was even in the middle of the night Kevin would come running. I am so saddened, I’m sending prayers to Kevin’s family.

  35. Dear Wamsley family, we are sorry for the passing Kevin and we offer our condolences. He was a good guy and will be missed. Carl & Faun Mower & family

  36. Dearest Brooke, there are no words. Just know that we–Reid and I love Kevin and are so thankful he was our minister in love and kindness. He is one of the truly kind persons and one who truly cares and loves others. We cannot tell you how sorrowful we are at his passing and how much we love you and will do all I (we) can to help and bless you. We are so thankful you have a loving and great family. We love your sweet children and are so thankful for all Jackson and Nate have done for us. May God truly bless you in the coming days, months and years.

  37. Brooke, just a quick note to add to profound words of so many others. Our family is heartbroken for you. Each of our kids are feeling this individually as well; from far away Africa (Matt) to Southern California (Christian and Marcus) their hearts are turned toward your children. Kevin was my buddy at each and every soccer or football game. He lit up every room he was in. Kim and I hold you in the highest regard. We know the Lord has and will continue to lift you up. Love, Carl and Kim

  38. Brooke and famiily I was heart broken to read about the loss of your sweerheart and husband- You have always been such a special person to me and my family- May ourr Heavenly’s Fathers spirit bless you and your sweet family- Love Joyce & Verden Hannig

  39. Brooke I was so heartbroken to read abouf your sweetheart and dear husband- You have always been special to me and my family- May Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings and peace be with you at this time- Love The Hannig’s

  40. Dear Wamsley Family, words cannot express how much Kevin and your family mean to me. Kevin will always be remembered as one of the most influential people I’ve had in my life growing up. His interest and support in my life will not be forgotten. I love your family and know that Kevin will be with you all forever. Thank you all and Kevin for everything. -Tyson Tanner

  41. My dear Brooke: is going to be a while before you are going to have time to read this messages, I am just grateful to know that you have felt the prayers and outpouring of
    love for you and your sweet family, that will be an anchor on the future you are not alone! and I am sure your sweetheart will be like always, caring for this wonderful family
    you both have created, and he will be miss but not far , May we all continue to feel God’s blessings, With my Love Julie Hall

  42. Brooke and family. We were so sorry to hear about Kevin. He has always been such a friendly, kind person and it was fun to see him grow up and become such a great man. It was always great to visit with him at the family reunions up the river and when you visited in Randolph . I know he is watching over you and will be there to take care of you in the sad times!

  43. Brooke and family. We were so sorry to hear about Kevin. He has always been such a friendly, kind person and it was fun to see him grow up and become such a great man. It was always great to visit with him at the family reunions up the river and when you visited in Randolph . I know he is watching over you and will be there to take care of you in the sad times!

    Judy and Kent Stuart

  44. Sweet Brooke and family,
    Such a tremendous loss for your sweet family! We are heartbroken! We met your husband at some soccer games years ago. We didn’t know him well, but admired his enthusiasm and encouragement to the young players. He was a great example! Keeping all of you in our prayers!

  45. Wamsley Family, You have been on my mind all week. Kevin was a force of nature! Your family is one in a million and I’m grateful to know you. I’m especially grateful to know that you have such a strong family and support system and that you know and understand the fullness of the gospel. We are praying for your strength and comfort! So Much Love, Christian and Beckie (Haslem) Smith

  46. Dear Wamsley family,
    You are all smack-dab in the middle of our hearts and a verse in our prayers. Kevin will be sorely missed! Brooke, we love you!
    Richard & Jodie Jones

  47. Sweet Brooke, I am so sorry to hear about Kevin’s passing. My heart goes to you and your children. Kevin will always remain in my memory as a stalwart follower of Christ and a beautiful example of what a husband and father should be. His service to his family, church and community was exemplary. I am so blessed to have known him. I am here for you if you need to talk. I love you my sweet friend.

  48. Dear Brooke and family.
    Tony and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of Kevin’s passing. It seemed that he always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure to be around.
    May your memories bring you comfort.
    Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.
    Carol and Tony Dukes.

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