CIRCLEVILLE — Rhett Kelsey Newby, 24, Circleville, passed away Sept. 10, 2012, in Cedar City, from complications of diabetes. He was born March 21, 1988, on Bear Valley, route 20, mile post 5, to Quin and Tracy Gardner Newby.
Kelsey was an Eagle Scout. An honor student, he held a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. A 2007 graduate of Piute High School and the LDS seminary, he was active on the baseball, basketball, cross-country, track and golf teams. He especially loved playing basketball, making the south and the north all-star basketball teams. He was “Outstanding Defender of the Year” in 2006 and 2007. He was all-state academic in all five sports.
Serving in the California, Long Beach, Spanish-speaking mission, Kelsey learned to speak Spanish very fluently. Currently a senior at SUU, he was on a full-tuition scholarship, majoring in biology. He was planning on becoming an endocrinologist in hopes of finding a way to cure diabetes. He loved hunting, camping and especially fishing with his Grandpa Newby.
Survived by his mother, Tracy; siblings, Quin Tyson Newby, Colby Dexter Newby, Rich Brady Newby, Shad Quincy Newby, Tracy Cash Newby, all Circleville; half-sisters, JoLynne (Ron) Holdaway, Hurricane; Jeanne Brady, Ephraim; Jan Marie Tiatia, Manti.
Preceded in death by his father, Quin; sister, Tracy Amber Newby; brother-in-law, TaSele Tiatia; grandparents, Hugh and Harriett LeFevre Newby; Dean and Geneva Montrone Gardner.
Funeral services took place Sept. 15, in the Circleville LDS 2nd ward chapel, with Bishop McKay Morgan officiating.
Compassionate services were provided by the Circleville LDS 2nd ward Relief Society.
A family prayer was shared by Rich Brady Newby (brother), and the invocation was given by Colby Dexter Newby (brother).
The organist was Sheree Fullmer with Liz Jessen, chorister.
Musical selections included “We Have Been Taught,” performed by Kelsey’s brothers and accompanied by his mom; and three congregational hymns, “How Great Thou Art”, “Come, Come, Ye Saints” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.”
A tribute was given by Terry Ogborn (aunt) and speakers included Coach Steve Hoagland, Dr. Michael Swinyard, his brothers and mom, Coach Kennedy Sylvester and President Sexton — mission president.
Remarks were shared by McKay Morgan and the benediction was offered by Shad Quincy Newby (brother).
Pallbearers included Quin Tyson Newby, Colby Dexter Newby, Rich Brady Newby, Shad Quincy Newby, Tracy Cash Newby (brothers); John Newby (uncle); Trevor Torgerson and Kasey Shakespear (friends).
Honorary pallbearers included Ron Holdaway (brother-in-law); Marcus, Sam and Benjamin Tiatia; Buck and Matthew Brady (nephews); Henry Ogborn (uncle); Cecil Willis, Garrett Carr; Danny, Jon, Eli, Eric and Isaac Wood; Kelly and John Kubota; Waldo Martenez (cousins); Samuel Adams, Russell Anderson, Brent McCormack and Scott Fielding (friends).
Interment was in the Circleville Cemetery.
The dedicatory prayer was provided by Quin Tyson Newby (brother).
Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
Online guest book at maglebymortuary.com.