PRICE - Jeffrey James Manley, age 56, died Jan. 10, 2012 from complications associated with an eight year struggle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Leukemia. Jeff fought the good fight and passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 27, 1955 in Taylor, Penn., and was raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania until he was 18, when he came west. He attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. Jeff served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pocatello, Idaho Mission where he came to love the people there and had many wonderful memories.
After his mission, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo where he met his lovely wife, Kim Stevens, and they married July 20, 1978 in the Provo LDS Temple. Jeff always said he knew he wanted to marry Kim after their first date. Their 33 years of marriage produced a sweet and abiding love that will last through the eternities. He always said she was his greatest strength and all he accomplished in life was because of her and the Lord. She lovingly cared for him through his many surgeries and chemotherapy treatments. She was his best friend and he adored her. During his time at BYU, he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
Jeff and Kim's union brought to their home five great kids. Jeff dearly loved his children and he enjoyed camping and fishing with them when they were small. He loved coaching his son's in little league and shopping with his three daughters. As the kids got older the entire family enjoyed boating, especially at Lake Powell. He had a deep love for his children and always wanted something better for them.
Jeff's posterity grew with the addition of nine grandchildren whom he absolutely adored. The love in his heart grew exponentially with each additional grandchild. He had a special way with his children and grandchildren especially when they were babies. Many times he was the only one that could help settle a crying child by rocking it to sleep.
Jeff was sometimes a quiet and private man when it came to showing the infinite emotions he had for his children and grandchildren, but he loved them profoundly. The love for his family was deep water for him.
One of his other loves was his work in the Utah Healthcare Arena. Jeff worked at a number of Utah Hospitals starting as the Director of Housekeeping at Pioneer Valley Hospital and ending his healthcare career at Castleview Hospital as the Chief Executive Officer. Over his 30 year career in healthcare he developed keen and abiding friendships. He loved the work, but mostly he loved the people he worked with. Jeff also served for a time with the Utah Hospital Association as a Board Member.
Jeff always carried a deep and special gratitude for his many friends, nurses, physicians, volunteers and staff members at Castleview Hospital who so tenderly cared for him at the onset of his cancer diagnosis. He always said the staff truly saved his life on several occasions as he was undergoing rigorous chemotherapy. They were the hands and arms that allowed Jeff to continue to work and get on top of the monumental task of learning how to live with cancer. He loved the staff. He was also very grateful to Sherry King, the Oncology Nurse at Castleview Hospital. Sherry helped keep him alive for nearly eight years.
He loved so much of life. As a boy he was adventurous. He loved being outdoors; scouting, fishing, swimming, hunting and all sports. His interests and passions were numerous. He loved guns, collecting coins, cars and restoring them, reading books, telling jokes, and tinkering around the house. He was proud of his Irish heritage and fulfilled his lifelong dream of traveling there in 2010, where he kissed the Blarney Stone. He could always make people laugh and charm anyone into being his friend.
He loved his Church and the Lord Jesus Christ. He fulfilled many church callings and loved to serve. Some of them included: Scout Leader, High Counselor, Elder's Quorum Counselor, Young Men's Leader, Bishop Counselor, Branch President, and Bishop.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Kim Stevens Manley; his children, Jacob Manley (Melissa Williams), Redondo Beach, Calif; Sara Laursen (Harley), Kemmerer, Wyo; Nathan Manley, Price; Katie Carlson (Chad), Price; Nicole Manley, Provo. He is also survived by his younger sister Kathy Manley, Orem; as well as his mother-in-law Marilyn Stevens, Orem; and brothers and sisters-in-law Ted and Susan (Stevens) Boyer, Larry and Diane (Stevens) Price, Dave and Carol Stevens, Clark and Mary Lou (Stevens) Fleming, Joe and JoAnn (Stevens) Cioffi, and Jonathon Stevens; his nine grandchildren are Maggie, Joshua and Claire Manley; Emma, Hyrum and Hans Laursen; Linnea Carlson, Jack Hedin and Max Carlson; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Jeff is preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Joanne Hendershot Manley, father, Joseph Louis Manley, sister, Susan (Manley) Daley, brother, Joseph Mark Manley, and father-in-law, James David Stevens, nephews Matthew Daley, Thomas Fleming and Michael Slavens and niece, Jordan Price.
We will miss the gusto with which he lived his life. He was a good man and our lives have been enriched because of him.
Funeral service, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 11 a.m., Price North LDS Stake Center (449 N. 100 E.) Price. Family will receive friends at the Price North Stake Center Friday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Jeff at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
In remembrance of Jeff the family suggests memorial contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite # 310, White Plains, NY 10605.