Michael Dunford Bailey
April 10, 1961 – June 19, 2020
Back in the arms of his beloved Mom and Dad, our dear Michael slipped out of his earthly existence on June 19, 2020.
Michael Dunford Bailey was born on April 10, 1961 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son to Larry Eugene Bailey and Karen Dunford. He was raised in Bountiful, Utah where he lived for 45 years. He attended South Davis Junior High and was the first graduating class at Woods Cross High School in 1979. Michael was an avid weight lifter who enjoyed music, bike rides, reading, good food and long walks, especially with his dad.
Michael lived his entire life carefree, he had the gift of friendship and could strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere he went. One of Michael’s greatest past-times was sitting on a porch reminiscing about old days, music, anything sports related and family memories. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Raiders fan all his life. He had a genuine love for music. He could name the band to any song and loved studying the history of each musician. He had a rare thirst for knowledge and often tested others on their own.
One of Michael’s greatest accomplishments was acting as caregiver to his Dad from 2009 – 2012. He genuinely took great responsibility in helping a father that he deeply loved. He was a friend to all and willing to help any of his longtime Bountiful neighbors and many friends who he loved with all his heart. Upon his dad’s death in 2012, Mike moved to Salt Lake City where he met his life companion and sweetheart, Zan Guo. They were later married.
Michael is survived by his wife, Zan Guo (SLC); sister, Julie Ann Bailey Matthews (Henderson, NV); nephew, Christopher Jacob Matthews (St. George), along with many cousins and countless lifelong friends. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park immediately following the service.
Rest in peace sweet Michael, you will be missed.
- Zan Guo, Wife
- Julie Ann Bailey Matthews, Sister
- Christopher Jacob Matthews, Nephew
- Michael is also survived by many other family members and friends who will cherish his memory.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Michael Dunford Bailey
Melissah White Moore
July 2, 2020
To my special cousin Michael Dunford Bailey. You will be so missed. I loved your sense of humor. You brought happiness to others with your clever wit. Every time our paths crossed it ended in a good laugh. I also admired your amazing memory. You were always full of interesting facts and up on the latest news. You were also able to recall the details of so many meaningful family stories. You kept our family history alive and it was evident the important connection you felt with your loved ones. Now you can be with them all, including your amazing Dad whom you were so close to. I love you Michael Dunford. May God Be With You Until We Meet Again. Your cousin, Melissah
July 1, 2020
Rest In Peace My Friend You Will Be Missed
June 30, 2020
Uncle Mike, You will be greatly missed. You, Grandpa Bailey, and Grandma Karen were sOo good to TaLen and I.. We got to spent many holidays together, I will cherish those times always! Gone way too soon! Give Gma, and Gpa big hugs from TaLen and I.. ❤️
June 29, 2020
To my cousin Mike; Thank you for all the great times we shared together!! I will always cherish them!! Your smile and your laugh!! I will miss talking to you!! You always brought a smile to my face!! You will be greatly missed!! Keep a cold six pack on hand, So when we meet again, We can have a cold beer on the mountain again!! RIP Mike!! Love always, your cousin Greg!!
June 29, 2020
To my only baby brother, Michael. A rare light in this world who was always fun to be around. Never a dull moment and I will forever cherish the great times we had. Gone too soon, you will be missed by so many. I will always remember your witty sense of humor and the genuine love you had for your family. You take good care of mom and dad and I'll be seeing you soon. I'll always love you, my sweet baby brother.
William L Cooper Jr
June 27, 2020
Brother Bailey was one of the dearest friends that I had on this planet. I was living in my car behind Willie's lounge trying to recover from having a finger removed...Brother Bailey all ways looked me in my eyes and treated me as an equal. This is a tremendous loss. But Uncle Mike is smiling down and saying that "I dodged a bullet" Rest In Peace Michael Dunford Bailey♥️♥️♥️🙏😥
June 26, 2020
The Dodge Challenger, challenges you!
Oh, the memories and fun we had while much younger. Hitting golf balls in the Bailey’s back yard, who knows where!
Michael’s sense of humor, and smile will be forever missed. Thanks for the memories Mike, RIP dear friend, until we meet again.
June 26, 2020
Mike, funniest dude ever. Always full of life and I can honestly say you lifted me up whenever I saw you, never a down moment and I always cherished your relationship with Larry, two peas in a pod. Take care my friend and till we meet again
June 25, 2020
Michael Dunford Bailey,
You have been one of my true great friends.
Also, one of the funniest and genuine person that I have known.
I know that you loved the Jones family and they loved you.
So glad that you are with Larry again.
You had the closest father and son relationship.
I will miss our annual birthday calls. The only one that we didn’t have was when I was on my mission.
Farewell my friend.