One of the Last Real Cowboys
Harvey Henry Jolley, 83, of Spanish Fork, Utah, returned to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. He was being cared for at Mountain View Hospital in Payson, Utah, where he was finally relieved from the suffering and pain he endured for many years.
Harvey was born June 20, 1938, in Henrieville, Utah, to simple and honest parents, Nelda Susie Chynoweth and Virgil Henry Jolley. Harvey was named after his grandfathers’, Harvey Chynoweth and Henry A. Jolley Jr. He spent the first years of his life in Tropic, Henrieville, and Cannonville, Utah, all located in the valleys below Bryce Canyon National Park. His father was a rancher and Harvey learned to handle cattle at a very early age. He was very energetic in his youth, treasured the outdoors, and sought many adventures in the area surrounding his childhood home.
When he was 13 years old, his family moved to a new ranch in Benjamin, Utah. Harvey expressed that he loved school and learning when he was young; in his adolescence, he was heavily involved with his families’ ranch and also worked for several other nearby ranches. Harvey was the third child of ten children and understood his responsibility to be an example to his siblings. Truly, Harvey was a great example for all those who surrounded him in life. He was kind, loving, honest, hard-working and personable, and he had a unique personality and sense of humor that made him all the more endearing. Very few people have the depth of goodness that Harvey possessed.
Harvey married AnnaRae VanNosdol on December 8, 1962 in Payson, Utah, and in 1972 they were sealed in the LDS Logan Temple. Interestingly, their wedding ceremony was presided over and conducted by Harvey’s grandfather, Harvey Chynoweth. The Payson Chronicle published a nostalgic article about their wedding that described, with specificity, the brides dress, décor, and the wedding cake.
Harvey was born to be a cowboy and was a natural ranch manager. Ranching wasn’t just an occupation for Harvey, he loved his work and enjoyed almost every aspect. Soon after marrying AnnaRae, he was hired by Antelope Island Ranching Company and managed ranches in Skull Valley, Utah, and Arimo, Idaho. In 1973, they returned to Payson where he became partner in Valley Farm a large ranch located adjacent to the ranch he was raised on in Benjamin. Later, Valley Farm was sold to the LDS Church and Harvey stayed on as the ranch manager for about 20 years and eventually he managed ranch operations in Elberta and Nephi, Utah, in addition to the Payson operations. After working for the LDS Church, Harvey partnered with his daughter and son-in-law, SueAnne and Greg Pace, in JP Cattle Company – another ranching endeavor in Payson, Utah. Harvey was well-known for his innovative ranching strategies, his highly successful calving processes & offered desirable internships for BYU agriculture students. He was involved with the Utah Cattleman’s Assoc. & was president of the Payson Cattleman’s Assoc.
Harvey had a special relationship with each of his daughters who loved him dearly. His daughters had the opportunity to spend abundant one-on-one time with him working on the ranch, moving & feeding cattle, calving cows, riding the summer ranges, building fence, breaking horses, branding cows, changing water, and many other undertakings. He was also able to share similar experiences with his older grandchildren.
Ranching was a laborious and often dangerous job. Harvey sustained several injuries while ranching that later in life caused him much suffering and pain – now he has returned to his Heavenly Father, and not only has he been relieved from his pain and suffering, but he’s also undoubtedly overjoyed to be with his wife and to be back on a horse rounding up cows. Harvey’s retirement was somewhat forced due to his injuries and he longed to be on a horse, in the mountains, or on a 4-wheeler exploring outdoors. However, in his retirement he cultivated a beautiful yard and continued to grow a very large garden with AnnaRae – like they had for most of their marriage. He loved watching old western movies, even if he’d seen them hundreds of times, and he had to watch all of the Utah Jazz basketball games.
Harvey was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Throughout his life, he allocated time each week to read the scriptures and the Ensign, and, of course, read his favorite western books. He held many church callings, and he was a beloved primary teacher that influenced many children with his kindness and love. Harvey will be missed by so many; the world has lost a truly amazing man and one of the last real cowboys.
Harvey is survived by his three daughters and three sons-in-law, SueAnne Pace & Gregory S. Pace of Payson, Utah, Shari L. Anderson & Brent R. Anderson of Payson, Utah, and Marcie R. Swenson, Esq. & Michael S. Swenson of Salt Lake City; 7 siblings, Marie Barney, Dale Jolley, Ned Jolley, Karel Hill, Maxine Rose, William Jolley, and Monna Mae Thomas; nine grandchildren, Clayton H. Pace, Nathan R. Pace, Katie A. Pace Stapley, Paige L. Anderson Davies, Alexis Anderson, Drew J. Anderson, Drake S. Swenson, Warner W. Swenson, and Avonlea Swenson; four great-grandchildren Mackley S. Pace, Jack L. Stapley, Berkley P. Davies, and Eleanor S. Stapley; and, many in-laws, nephews, and nieces. Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, AnnaRae VanNosdol Jolley, his parents, Nelda S. & Virgil H. Jolley, two brothers, Neldon V. Jolley & Max L. Jolley, and his grandson Henry M. Swenson.
A viewing will be held Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 6:00-8:00pm at Walker Mortuary in Payson, Utah. Memorial services will be held Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:00am at the Payson Cemetery. In honor of one of the last real cowboys, boots and hats are welcome at the services.