Our hearts are absolutely breaking as we say goodbye to our husband, son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, Kade Bell.
Dexter Kade Bell was born to Brian and Anelisa Bell on Dec. 26, 1989, in Ogden, Utah. He was greeted at home by his big brother, Rory, whom he loved and adored as his hero.
He attended schools in the Rich School District, graduating from LDS Seminary and Rich High School in May 2008. He was a member of the high school football, basketball and track teams. He loved anything to do with sports and was a diehard Jazz fan. He watched his Utah Jazz whether they had a winning season or a losing season.
He was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New Zealand Wellington mission and gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ while he served.
After his mission, he worked at several different jobs and then decided he wanted to become an electrician. He started his electrical career with GS Electric in Altamont, and he was always appreciative to Gary Sorensen for giving him his start.
He was most recently employed by ITC Electrical Technologies, which contracted out to Jonah Energy Automation. He loved working with his buddies on the Jonah team. We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to ITC for keeping him employed even though he hadn’t been able to work since the end of November.
While living in the Uintah Basin, Kade met the love of his life, Ali Marie Mecham, and they were joined in marriage on Sept. 24, 2016. Kade loved the extra family he gained by marrying Ali. He never thought of them as in-laws, but rather just an extra set of parents, two more brothers and finally some sisters.
Kade loved the outdoors and was happiest when he could be walking the hills of his beloved Mecham Canyon. How fitting he thought it was that the love of his life and the place he loved to be the most had a name in common. He loved to hunt, fish and especially kill coyotes. He loved looking for sheds in the spring and calling in elk in the fall.
Kade was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in the end of November. He faced it like he faced every other challenge in his life — with a good attitude and courage to overcome it and come out a winner. However, this wasn’t our Heavenly Father’s plan. He had a greater plan for Kade and called him to return to Him.
We are appreciative of the Rich County Ambulance (Kerry, Dale and Kim) and to the staff of the Evanston Regional Hospital for the valiant effort they made to keep him stable enough to endure the helicopter ride to the Huntsman Hospital in Salt Lake.
At the Huntsman, Kade was joined by myriad family members who were able to surround him and express their love to him as he passed from this life to the next on March 4.
Kade is survived by his wife, Ali; his parents, Brian and Anelisa; Brad and Janet; his brothers, Rory (Abby), Rylee (Aleesha); sister, Nikki (Gabe); nephews and nieces, Harper, Rowdy, Hagen, Scout and Bronx; grandfathers, Jack Bell and Erwin Rust; grandmother, Gwen Brown; and grandparents, Lee and Norma Mecham; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lawrence Brown; grandmothers, JoAnn Bell and Dorthy Rust; and nephew, Boston Behling.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 11, at the Woodruff Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There will be a viewing at the church on Sunday night from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 9:30-10:45 a.m., prior to services. Interment will be in the Woodruff Utah Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to www.crandallfhevanston.com.