Alan Kent Bailey, 53, passed away on July 5, 2016 in Provo, Utah. Alan was born on May 24, 1963 in Salt Lake City to Donald and Mildred Bailey. When he was eight, his family moved to Mexico for two years, after which they moved to Rigby, Idaho, where he spent the rest of his childhood exploring and getting into trouble with his similarly wild siblings.Alan met and married the love of his life, Laura, in college. Together, they became better, purer versions of themselves and made the world around them better and purer too. They have five children, all of whom they adore and love wholeheartedly.
Alan lived big. He embraced life, especially experiences and people. He loved surfing, ice cream, new socks, museums, watered-down soap, puzzles, and making others laugh. He was both a successful businessman and an absolute goof who grinned as others teased him for his endearing quirks.
There was no discrimination in his love. He loved everyone and helped people realize they deserved that love. He actively practiced empathy by listening to and believing the emotional truths people shared with him. He never assumed he knew what someone was going through and listened with an open heart as people shared. His love was healing.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Bailey, and sister Kathleen Bailey Liggett. His mother, Mildred Bailey; his siblings, Carol Bailey Pepiot, Kevin Bailey, Kirk Bailey, and Chris Bailey; his wife, Laura Bailey; and his children, Regan Bailey Gull, Holden Bailey, Q Bailey, Paul Bailey, and Gabriela Bailey live on and miss him fiercely.
We cannot fill the hole he leaves, but we can honor him by living authentic lives full of love and acceptance.
We can live big for Alan.