Garth Horrocks, age 85, returned home on Dec 1, 2021, and was finally reunited with his sweetheart Joy Chivers Horrocks.
Garth was a farm boy from Neola, Utah. At the time of his birth, he was the largest baby recorded in Price hospital, weighing 12 lbs! As a young child he worked on the farm and drove a team of horses to complete farming duties. He was baptized in the Neola canal.
He married Joy Chivers on Oct. 28, 1957 and they were later sealed in the Vernal, Utah LDS Temple on Jan. 2, 2003. Together they had four children, Sandy, Brad, Cindy, Cydne.
Garth was always a hard worker. He started many successful businesses, including Garth's Radiator Shop, G&H Garbage, BLI and B&D Movers. He was ambitious and an honest businessman. It was not uncommon for him to give loans to people with no credit, fix trailers for free, and sometimes forgive loans altogether.
There wasn't anything Garth couldn't do! He could fix anything, make anything grow, and drive anything. Garth enjoyed racing stock cars and fixing and restoring old tractors. He also spent many days moving trailers and sometimes he'd move several trailers, all linked together, across the country.
He blessed the lives of so many and helped spread his love of community through his involvement and service. He was instrumental in the success of the local team penning association and served as president for several years. He and Joy spent countless hours volunteering on the Outlaw Trail ride, guiding trail rides on their horses and cooking for everyone.
He was well known and well loved in Vernal. Many remember his iconic white fire truck in the local parades, sometimes decorated with Christmas lights, and his favorite dog CB wearing a Santa hat, riding next to him. He was a kind, selfless, fun-loving man who told the best stories and was always game for a good time. Nothing was too much work if it meant enjoying the day with his family and friends. He and Joy loved to cook for others and were famous for their sloppy joes, baked beans, and cowboy breakfast. They'd cook "for the army" and everyone was welcome.
Garth enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. An ideal day was spent on his horse or in the mountains. He loved food, camping, team penning, long horse rides with his friends, spending time with his kids and grandkids, and watching John Wayne movies with popcorn and a candy bar.
He had an uncanny ability to bring happiness to daily activities. He will be remembered for his smile, the light in his eyes, and the enjoyment he brought to the lives of all those around him. His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone he met.
Garth is survived by his children, Sandy (Al) Wiley, Brad (Susan) Horrocks, Cindy (Brett) Hancock, and Cydne Watterson, 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren (and one on the way), and sister Arlene Frost. He is proceded in death by his dear wife, Joy Chivers Horrocks; Parents: Royal James Horrocks and Viola Gagosian Horrocks, and Siblings: Minola, Modena, Howard, Arake and Gary. His legacy will carry on with us forever.
Funeral services will be under the direction of Ashley Valley Funeral Home. The viewing will be held Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the Uintah Conference Center. Funeral services will be held Monday December 6, 2021 at 11:00 am, with viewing prior at 9:30-10:30, at the Uintah Conference Center. Interment in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery.
Garth's children will not be at the visitations due to health concerns. Grandchildren will be greeting guests.
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