ORANGEVILLE - Gregory Leonard Huntington, age 41, returned to his Father in Heaven June 30, 2013 from complications of a nine year battle with paralysis. Greg was born January, 3, 1972 to Royal Mack and Julie Ann Oldroyd Huntington. He married Jolynn Peterson in January 2004. They later divorced.
Greg was raised in God's Country, Emery County, Orangeville, Utah. As a child he was active in Little League Baseball and Football, Horse 4-H, and Junior Riding Club. He attended elementary school in Castle Dale and Orangeville, Junior High in Ferron, and graduated from Emery High School in 1990, where he was active in Rodeo Team and FFA. Greg was a Champion Team Roper. He won the average at State Finals Rodeo two years in a row. He attended National Finals Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. where he placed in the top ten team roping and won a scholarship. He attended Weber State University and Utah Valley Community College where he continued to rodeo. He went to Bozeman, Mont. to the College National Finals as Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Team Roping Champion. He worked at Castle Valley Ranch where he could work and live his dream at the same time. Greg was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He recently went to the Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple in December 2012. Greg was a practical joker. He loved to tease and play jokes on his friends and family. He was honest and always willing to help anyone. He loved the farming life spending many hours a day on the family farm and family pastures at Joes Valley. He loved team roping, horses, cattle, his dogs, and Corriente roping cattle. Greg had a love for children, especially his nieces and nephews who absolutely adored him in return. Even though Greg's accident left him handicapped, he still loved to give orders, herd cows with his wheelchair, drive his truck, and still be a cowboy!
Greg is survived by his parents, Mack and Julie of Orangeville; sisters, Jan (Trent) Wakefield of Henderson, Nev. and MacKell (Keaton) Cowley of Cleveland, Utah; brother, Kyle Huntington of Roosevelt, Utah; nephews, Kyler and Trevin Wakefield; nieces, Payton Wakefield, Taya, Aleeyah, and Kolbie Cowley; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his best friend, his dog Catty.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Amy Lyn Huntington; uncle, Wick Huntington; grandparents, Feno and Evelyn Huntington and Roland and Faye Oldroyd; and cousin, Lance Meason.
The family of Greg wishes to express their appreciation to all who have cared for and helped Greg during the last nine years.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orangeville LDS Chapel. There will be a viewing Tuesday July 2, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary (720 North Center, Castle Dale) and Wednesday at the church from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Orangeville City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Greg at www.fausettmortuary.com.