Wayne Ray Sevy
Jan. 25, 2018
Wayne Ray Sevy, 81, passed away peacefully in Gunnison, Utah surrounded by family.
Wayne was born in Ephraim, Utah to Hespert and Rozella Sevy on his Mother’s birthday, Sept. 23, 1936. He grew up in Ephraim with his brothers: Ken, Milton, Alfred, Neldon, Bob, and two sisters: Francis, and Nellie. Bob is his only surviving sibling.
Ephraim was a good place to grow up and Wayne, his siblings and his friends had lots of fun. Wherever adventure and mischief were found, there was Wayne, right in the middle of it, in spite of the fact that his dad was the town marshal and was trying to keep the peace.
Wayne attended the local schools and graduated from high school which was held at Snow College. At that time grades 11 and 12 attended classes on the Snow College campus, as there was no high school in Ephraim.
After graduation, Wayne and one of his friends were eager to serve their country and joined the Army where he served for two years. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Wayne moved to Ogden, Utah and became employed by the United States Postal Service where he worked for 20 years.
A friend in Ogden told him that he was attending barber college and Wayne thought that sounded interesting so he decided to go to school there in the evenings while working at the Post Office. He graduated barber school in 1961 and became a barber in Ogden, Utah.
Wayne married and became the father of three daughters and one son: Sandy Gonsalves (Dave); Paula Lamb (Craig); Christy Johnson (Dave) Jeff Sevy (Irene).
In 1976 he returned to his roots in Sanpete County and practiced barbering there for 35 years. To quote Wayne, himself, “I met and married the love of my life, Vickey Braithwaite and we were married in 1989.” Vickey had two children then, Angela Rich (Guy) and Brandon Larson (Mandy).
Wayne loved people and knew everyone and had many, many friends. Nicknamed ‘Sevy’ or ‘Savage’, he was always the life of the party. With friends or family members he loved playing cards or board games; going up in the mountains camping, fishing, or eating good food.
He knew tons of stories and jokes and loved to amuse everyone with telling them at his barbershop, The Hair Hut, in Ephraim. If someone went to the shop for a haircut, they might want to not stay in the chair for too many jokes because as Wayne cut, he talked, and if you were in the chair too long you might have gone home with a very short haircut!
Wayne loved his work and he was proud to be the town’s friendly and funny neighborhood barber. He cut hair for patrons of all ages, but his specialty was children and he made their haircut experience unique by clowning around with them or teasing them. He delighted them by providing candy for them with the haircut.
At Wayne’s shop every Monday was ‘Candy Day’ and all kids were welcome to drop by for a piece of candy. Older children (meaning adults) could sometimes get a piece of candy too.
Wayne is somewhat of a legend in Sanpete County because he loved to dress up in his version of Dolly Parton clothing and charm the crowd at the Demolition Derby held at the Sanpete County Fair. He named himself Dolly “Crash” and he pranced in and out of the grandstands in his cowgirl outfit sometimes sitting on the lap of an unsuspecting gentleman or two each year for seven years. Dolly Crash was the Trophy Girl.
He also loved helping Santa at Christmas time and for many years was one of Santa’s best helpers at the local Christmas festivities for 25 years. Anywhere children gathered Wayne was there because he loved kids. He was always kind and loving to children whenever he was with them. He conducted ‘Brownie Meeting’ at mountain camp to give the mothers a rest from their children and the children loved it.
It was hard for Wayne when his body began to fail him and he could no longer do the activities that he loved to do, but he held onto the stories and jokes nearly to the end of his life.
Wayne is survived by his sweetheart, Vickey, his children: Sandy, Paula, Christy, and Jeff. He is also survived by stepchildren: Angela, and Brandon. 34 grandchildren: 31 great-grandchildren, with four more on the way. Wayne is beloved by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, countless niece, nephews, and many, many friends who will miss him deeply.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in the Manti Stake Center. A viewing will be held from 6-89p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 and prior to services at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the Manti City Cemetery with military honors by the Manti American Legion Post #31 and Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.