Ryan Paul Bird
07/23/2020

Washington, UT- Ryan P Bird, 52, passed away on July 23, 2020, after a 14-month battle with glioblastoma. Ryan was born on March 29, 1968, in Sacramento, CA to R. Gilbert Bird and Sharon Lee Smith. Ryan married Whitney M Johns on July 4, 1990, in Sacramento, CA.

Ryan spent his childhood in Citrus Heights, CA, and then in Coarsegold, CA during high school where he graduated from Yosemite High School. He loved the outdoors and scouting and earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Ryan is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission to Japan Tokyo South from 1987-1989. After his mission, Ryan moved to Sacramento, CA where he met Whitney at a church fireside. They married on July 4th and just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Ryan served in the Army from 1993-1997 and was stationed in Georgia, Alabama, Korea, Arizona, and Texas. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Construction Management with a minor in Business in 2001. He started his career building homes for Pulte in Las Vegas, NV, and then moved to Washington, UT in 2007 to work for Belliston Construction. In the last few years, Ryan switched careers to open his own insurance company traveling to Las Vegas and around Utah. Fishing was Ryan’s favorite hobby and loved to go as much as he could. He had the most fun being a “big kid” with his kids and grandkids. We will miss his laugh and goofy “dad jokes” the most.

Ryan is survived by his wife, Whitney; children, Derek (Christina), Daniel, Amy (Spencer), and Katie; and grandchildren, Blake and Hensley. He is also survived by his dad, R. Gilbert Bird (Shannon) and mom, Sharon (Ron) Kenan, as well as brothers and sisters, Darren (Kirsten), Sean (Rhonda), Joelle, Garrett (Elizabeth), Justin (Teresa), and Sharla (Ryan).

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Washington City Cemetery for family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ryan’s Go Fund Me page or to Whitney’s Venmo (@Whitney-Bird).

Our family would like to thank our incredible team of medical professionals at the Intermountain Cancer Center in St. George, UT for all of their care, love and support, and to Applegate Hospice Care for their love and compassion.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com

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Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Dr, Washington, UT 84780

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7 Responses

  1. Tears come to our eyes as we think about Ryan and the influence and example of righteousness and stalwartness he had upon us as a newly wed couple. We aspired to be a couple like Ryan and Whitney—so true and faithful. We felt privileged to be their neighbors for a moment in time as BYU students together and watched from a distance as they blessed the lives of others throughout their service. Ryan Rest In Peace in our Savior….Thank you for your example!

  2. A shock for many reasons. I was a teacher of the Birds in Coarsegold. Wonderful family and special kids, all of them. Had no idea you were so close as I live in Saint George. Sending love and prayers to you all. Laurie Condon Bermel

  3. A shock for many reasons. I was a teacher of the Birds in Coarsegold. Wonderful family and special kids, all of them. Had no idea you were so close as I live in Saint George. Sending love and prayers to you all. Laurie Condon Bermel

  4. Dear Bird Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. When we moved in just down the street your family have been so good to us. I have some health issues of my own, and Ryan would always talk to me. I wish we could have gotten to know you better. We love the Bird family and would do anything we can for you during this difficult time. I am glad Ryan is no longer suffering, but I know he has left a hole in your heart’s. I am great full to know you will be with him again because of a loving Savior.
    Please let us know if we can do anything to help. Love Curt and Debbie

  5. Oh, Whitney, I’m so sorry that Ryan has to graduate this life so soon. I’m thankful that you found the church so that yours and Ryan’s paths crossed. Your marriage and your family are eternal. May happy memories ease your sadness. I pray that you and your family will be wrapped in the arms of the Savior’s love. Judy

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