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William Reed Hurst

March 20, 1935 - June 30, 2017

William Reed Hurst passed away peacefully with his loving wife and daughter by his side on June 30, 2017 at the Monticello Hospital in Utah. Reed was born in Provo, UT, on March 20, 1935, to William Riley Hurst and Carol (Bayles) Hurst. He was the oldest of six siblings: Mary Ann Scott (Wayne), Mike Hurst (Ellen), Winston Hurst (Kathy), Grant Hurst (Jeanette), and Heather Young (Glade), Jane Tree, Robert Tree, and Bessie Nez (Tree) (Lloyd).

Reed lived the majority of his life in Blanding, UT, and grew up loving to run and ride horses at the family ranch in Colorado. At the age of six, he and his cousin Mark Bayles were helping with the family sheep camp. As a young man, he worked at the Hurst Sawmill north of Blanding, along with his cousins Scott and Leonard Hurst, where they all learned to drive and operate heavy machinery.  Reed was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1943 and loved the teaching of his Savior and the church.  At the age of 13 he took his first solo load of coal to Cortez, CO, and brought back a load of lumber. Reed joined the Navy in 1952, serving in the Korean Conflict. He worked as the radio operator on the USS Oriskany and in the radio tower of the William R Rush. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the China Service Medal.  While in the Navy he married Gaylene Perkins on January 5, 1954. They had three children: Patricia (Patty) Chloe, William (Billy), George (Pinky) Arthur.

After an Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Reed worked in the Family store and service stations off and on for a few years. He then went back to driving equipment and drove his first semi using a cable dump trailer, hauling uranium on the treacherous old Comb Road.

For many years, Reed worked in his best friend’s (Paul Black) family business hauling gas and crude oil for the Black Oil Co.  In 1969, he moved his family to Lake Valley, NV, about 30 miles north of Pioche, NV, to teach his children how to work and to help his cousin and lifelong friend Mark Bayles run a 3000-acre alfalfa farm and ranch.

In 1971 when the ranch sold, Reed moved his family back to Blanding where he worked with his father at the family business until in 1972, when his love for trucking brought him back to the transportation industry and he bought his first truck, a Kenworth cabover. During the ’70s and ’80s, Reed built his fleet up to 12 trucks and purchased a lumber yard through which he supplied building commodities and trucking services to the community and the reemerging uranium boom.

During this time Reed and Gaylene chose to be sealed together and to their children for all time and eternity in the Manti Temple.

With the loss of the uranium industry in southern Utah, Reed’s business had to be liquidated, leaving much debt owed and unpaid. Vowing to recoup his loses and pay his community back, Reed and Gaylene left Blanding. With the support of long time employee and close friend John Palmer, Reed was able to take two trucks and move to Salt Lake City, UT.

While in Salt Lake City, Reed pulled loads for his good friend LD Young, and with physical and financial support from LD, Reed reestablished financial stability. During this time John Palmer’s father was driving for a company called Amerigas hauling CO2, and Reed and John would assist when asked. Amerigas was opening a new plant in Pocatello, ID; due to Reed and John’s professionalism and work ethics, Amerigas asked Reed if he would move there to haul for them.  With two trucks, Reed and Gaylene along with John and Judy Palmer moved to Pocatello.

Reed’s company, Reed Hurst Trucking Inc., now has 60 plus trucks servicing the United States and Canada with shop locations in Cortez, CO; Cheyenne, WY; Price, UT; and Pocatello, ID, employing some of the best people in the transportation industry.

Reed had kept all the bills he owed people and companies from the liquidation of his previous company, and in 2012 he paid off everyone he owed, even though he was not legally obligated to do so.

Reed will be missed. He was proceeded in death by his father Riley, mother Carol, brother Mike and life- long friends and RVing compadres Paul and Jannett Black.

He leaves behind his wonderful, beautiful, dedicated, eternal companion of 63 years, 8 brothers and sisters, 3 children, 17 grandchildren, and 37 great grandchildren, and so many friends it would be nearly impossible to list them all.   


Funeral Visitation Interment
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 11:00 AM

Blanding LDS South Chapel
260 South Main
Blanding, Utah

Friday, July 7, 2017, 6-8 PM, Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9-10:30 AM

San Juan Mortuary
370 South Main
Blanding, Utah

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blanding City Cemetery
500 North Grayson Parkway
Blanding, Utah


John and Judy Palmer


John and I are sending our condolences to the family of Reed Hurst.We are so sorry for your loss and out thoughts and prayers are with you.Reed was such a compassionate and caring man and he never turned anyone away and if you ever need anything,he was their.We have been lucky to have known Reed and have worked for Reed for 38 years and we have learned an awful lot from him.He was very special to us and he will be deeply missed.Our deepest of sympathies goes out to the Hurst family.
John and Judy Palmer

Michael & Jean Wozniak

Calgary, Alberta

Our thoughts and prayers are with the
family at this time.

Jim and Barbara Black

Mancos, Colorado

Reed was always one of my very favorite people. Never too busy for anyone, and would do anything for anyone. Many, many memories from the trucking days. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Darrel Craythorn


Sorry for your loss.

John and Pat Palmer

Cortez, Co

Our heart felt condolences to the Hurst family at this time. We have known and worked for Reed several years, we new him as a good person.

Kris Trujillo

Herriman, Utah

I am very sorry to hear Reed passed away. I can't help but think about my Papa (Paul) and Reed together again carrying out their eternal friendship. I am sad to here he is gone yet know my Papa & Gram are very happy have one of their most treasured life longs friends with them again.

Gordon R Bayles

Cedar City, UT

Reed was good guy, will be missed. I know him and dad will be telling trucking stories together now.

Barbara and Gary Carlsen

Pocatello, Idaho

Gaylene, I have so enjoyed our visits. You and Reed, when he was there, were always so gracious. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
With love, Barbara and Gary Carlsen

Paul & Shannon Clark

Nucla, Colorado

So sorry for your loss. Reed was a good man to know. Am sure he will be missed greatly but at the same time........there are a lot of very good times to look back on.

Best wishes to the family. Our hearts are with you.

Eddie & Peggy Daves

Cortez, CO

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sorry I am unable to attend the funeral as I am too unsteady walking. There will be a big void as Reed impacted a lot of lives.

All our love.
Eddie & Peggy Daves

Ken & Teresa Johnson

Magna, UT

Our condolences to your family for the loss of such a great man. He was a great mentor to me and my family!! He will be dearly missed.

Mikki Palmer

Mancos Colo

Reed wasn't only my cousin he was my friend. Growing up the Hurst/Bayles cousins were one big family and shared a special relationship which we still share. Reed was the oldest of the cousins and we followed his lead. I wish I had a funny story to tell like he always did. I loved him and will miss him. So long Tokao

Phyllis Jones & Georga McFarland

Blanding, Ut

Gaylene & family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will not be able to attend the services because of Mom's health & physical condition, but you are in our thoughts & prayers.

Bobby & Jodi Jorgensen

Pocatello Id

We are sad to hear about Reed. He was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Richard and Donna Arthur


Reed was such a great and prayers. ..All us other Arthur's

Allen Joe and Ulene Petty

Price, Utah

So sorry for your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

(LD) Lowell D Young

Bluffdale Ut

Gaylene and family
I feel the pain and loss you are going thru and Peggy and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers always.
Reed was one of the most influential ang caring person I have ever known. Peggy and I will always cherish our friendship with him and your family. The many years and times we spent together in work and play are our fondest memories. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
LD and Peggy Young

Ferd Johnson


Really sorry about Reed will miss him.When
he came back to Blanding a few years ago I found he had a 4 wheeler atv but had not
rode much so i showed him San Juan like he
had never seen before, he could not believe it was so big! We went on a lot of rides and he enjoyed every one, we had some plans to do more rides, but not now.

love to all the family

Amy Moffitt

Price, Utah

My condolences to Gaylene and family. I am truly sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Kathy murphy

Blanding utah

I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed by a lot of people.

Gretchen Hurst Stanton

Surprise, AZ

Dad is no doubt rejoicing that he is able to reminisce with his dear friend and cousin about driving the half-trak from Salt Lake to Blanding while just kids. Sorry to hear of Reed's passing. Hugs to all he leaves behind-for now.

harold dale


Keep on trucking, partner!

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