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Terry L. Bailey

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017


Terry L. Bailey
We lost our Terry, 61, of Big Piney, Wyo., on March 8, 2017.

Terry L. Bailey was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on June 15, 1955, to Tony and Sally Bailey. He had three siblings – brothers Timothy and Matt Bailey and sister Chris (Bailey) Haider.

Terry was raised on a ranch and enjoyed his childhood years like most ranch kids, fishing creeks, skating the same frozen creeks in the winter, chasing cows, long hours of endless hay fields, helping neighbors gather their cows and he never turned down the opportunity to help at their brandings. A favorite past time at his house was roping. He perfected the hobby and enjoyed going to jackpots and we are proud to share that he took home many first-place finishes with his dad and buddies.

He attended kindergarten through sixth grade in House Creek, Idaho, then moved to Jerome, Idaho, with his family, where he continued his schooling. At age 16, he met the love of his life, Geneal Childers. They were married a year later and had two daughters – Angie and Tanya.

He ranched in Idaho, Montana and Oregon with his family by his side every step of the way. He then went on to become a certified welder. This career took Terry and his family to Lander, Wyo., and shortly thereafter to Big Piney. A few short years later, he started up his own successful welding business and welded for 13 years. In 2003, he sold his welding truck and bought his first semi and started hauling water in the oilfield. When the oilfield slowed down, he drove over the road for a “little bit” (actually thousands of miles). He sure loved his semi!

Terry truly loved to work but when he wasn’t working, his passion for hunting took him and his bride to the Northern Territories for an amazing caribou hunt. He was also able to go to Alaska for an adventurous bear hunt and finally Geneal got her trip to Hawaii, where Terry tagged a Royal Black Hawaiian Sheep and a Wild Spanish Goat.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Geneal, siblings Matt (Sheryl) Bailey and Chris (Kenny) Haider, daughters Angie (Phillip) Smith and Tanya (Ed) Mackey, grandchildren Cherell (Kevin) O’Driscoll and family, Tyler (Kelsey) Smith and family, Connor Smith, Angie (Nate) Smith and family, Amy (Nick) Bruun and family, Jake (Echo) Mackey and family, Jamie (Trever) Coleman and family, and Jennifer (Derek) Hardy and family. He was also blessed with several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Timothy, his father Tony, mother Sally and several uncles and aunts, as well as a dear friend and mentor Rollie Hawes.

There will be a Celebration of Life honoring Terry on March 17, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: U of U Patient and Family Housing, 2080 W. N. Temple, Salt Lake, UT 84116, in memory of Terry Bailey.

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