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Bryce Delmer Buchanan

January 2, 1985 — March 29, 2024

Smithfield

Bryce Delmer Buchanan

Devoted Husband, Father, Son, and Friend

Bryce Delmer Buchanan, 39, returned to his heavenly home on Friday, March 29, 2024, following a lengthy battle with mental illness. His fight was long and hard and mingled with trauma, disappointments, and victories. In the end, he masked it so well that nobody had any idea how bad things had become. The result feels shocking, confusing, and utterly heartbreaking. Despite his struggle during mortality, he was always ready to share gifts of kindness and selflessness with his family, neighbors, and friends.

 Bryce was born on January 2, 1985, in Logan, UT to Leslie and Eldon Buchanan of Smithfield, UT. He possessed a big smile and bright eyes as a child. He brought much joy to his parents and was very protective of his brother and his two younger sisters.

 Bryce loved growing up on a dairy farm and acquired his disciplined work ethic and talent for operating machinery during his younger years. Bryce could literally fix anything. Service was at the heart of Bryce’s daily life. He was appreciated as the neighborhood snow removal service, lawn aerator, and fix-it shop. No engine was too small or project too large. He especially enjoyed working on tasks that involved his family. He successfully (with Lacey’s help) built their own home, refurbished a boat, and renovated the family travel trailer. Recent focus was placed on a complete go-cart restoration with his son Caden. He loved sharing the tools of his trades with his children, helping them to become independent, strong, confident individuals.

 Bryce met a “cute new girl with a bright smile from Kansas City” during his sophomore year at Sky View High School. He and Lacey dated, and swing danced regularly during their sophomore year, but things didn’t get serious until Bryce’s return from a mission to Illinois for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following his service, Bryce and Lacey re-connected, fell in love, and were married on April 20, 2007. They were later sealed in the Logan LDS temple. Bryce had a strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He diligently tried to live according to this testimony throughout his life.

Ensuing years would welcome three beautiful children into Lacey and Bryce’s home. These children (Hallie, Caden, Cruz) became wonderful gifts not only to their family, but to their friends and community. They are all musically gifted at the piano. Hallie also plays the violin and dances while Caden and Cruz continue to develop and excel in any athletic challenge or contest they pursue. This success has been fueled by the work ethic established in them by their parents. Although often working multiple jobs to make ends meet, one could always see Bryce at games, concerts and recitals celebrating the activities and accomplishments of his beloved children.

 While Bryce’s love for running the family dairy farm eventually became an impossibility, he was able to leverage his competencies with farm equipment and driving big trucks into new career opportunities. He enjoyed working for Edge Excavation and his current employer, Valley Implement, in Cache Valley. These vocations helped him stay attached to the people and machinery he loved. In 2023 he jumped at the opportunity, along with his two boys, to excavate, level, place boulders and complete a play area at the Hill family cabin at Bear Lake. He was like a child in a sandbox throughout the project. Playing with “Big Boy Toys” which included snowmobiling, camping, boating and ATVing were truly where Bryce was in his happy place.

 Bryce was a constant support, and expressed deep love and respect, for his mother, Leslie. Together, they enjoyed designing and building an electric storage lift in her garage. He loved involving her in his life as the family camped and attended activities together. Leslie’s incredible example of enduring through life struggles was a source of strength as Bryce battled through his.

 Bryce is survived by his wife Lacey (Hill), and his three children, Hallie (13), Caden (12) and Cruz (9). He is also survived by his mother (Leslie Buchanan) and father (Eldon Buchanan), two sisters, Melanie (Adam) Weston and Andrea (Eric) Budd. He is preceded in death by his brother Curtis.

 Visitation will be available on Friday, April 5, from 6-8 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building located at 660 W 200 N, Smithfield, UT 84335. A viewing will also be available from 9:00 am to 10:30 am Saturday, April 6, prior to the funeral services that will begin at 11 am at the same (above) location. Interment will be beside his brother in the Smithfield Cemetery. 

Please click the following link to view the funeral live stream. Passcode: Buchanan
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86813620208?pwd=RlNDY0tyUW1paFdhT2dlZnF5TW4zZz09
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