|DAVID ANDREW EDMUNDS
David Andrew Edmunds, age 23, returned to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 11, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV while hiking in the desert area of Little Red Rock Canyon.
David was born August 28, 1992, the youngest of four sons to Richard M. and Glenda Edmunds. David was an incredible soul; kind, loving, caring, and a friend to all. Musically talented, he played the cello, guitar, bass and drums. He received numerous scholarships and awards for his music. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an Eagle Scout; his project focused on the needs of cats and their enclosures as well as a food drive for all animals at the Utah County Animal Shelter.
David was a graduate of Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts in Ivins, UT, and was a student at College of Southern Nevada, having previously attended Dixie State University. His studies included music with a focus on guitar and cello. He was a talented guitarist, and played at a variety of hotels, clubs and events in Las Vegas, NV. Over the years, he performed as a cellist for church meetings, funerals and other events.
He is survived by: his parents; Grandmother Billie Wigginton; brothers: Richard (Cassidee), Michael, and Kevin; nieces Layla and Ivy; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Paul K. and Ella Edmunds, Joseph G. Wigginton; and uncles: Wendell B. Johnson and Steven L. Gillette.
David had a great love for animals. Donations may be made on his behalf to the Ivins No Kill Animal Shelter (INKAS) www.inkas4pets.org.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Padre Canyon LDS Chapel, 625 E. Center St., in Ivins, UT. The family will greet friends from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be immediately after at the Ivins City Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to share condolences online at www.SerenityStG.com. Arrangements and memorial tree planting by Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 986-2085.
FORMER ST. GEORGE MAN DIES IN HIKING ACCIDENT
By Faith Heaton Jolley – Posted Oct 14th, 2015 @ 7:52pm
LAS VEGAS — A former St. George resident who died in a hiking accident is being remembered as a talented musician and his former classmates and colleagues plan to honor him with a memorial concert Friday.
David Edmunds, 23, moved to St. George and attended Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts from 2007-2011, according to Tuacahn High School Assistant Principal Ryan Anderson. Edmunds moved to Las Vegas after graduation and was hiking near Red Rock Canyon Friday when he fell and sustained fatal injuries, according to Tuacahn High School Administration.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police received a call around 10 a.m. Sunday from a hiker who said they discovered a body while shooting BB guns at Far Hills and Fox Hill near Red Rock Canyon, according to public information officer Laura Meltzer. Officers arrived on scene, but were unable to reach the body so search and rescue teams were deployed.
“That can be pretty rugged terrain,” Meltzer said. Meltzer said preliminary reports from medical personnel indicated the death was caused from the fall, but it was unclear how far he fell.
Anderson said Edmunds was a talented musician who played cello and guitar and performed in many of the school’s talent assemblies and orchestra concerts. His band also competed in battle of the bands and went on to compete in a regional competition after winning at the local level, Anderson said. “He was really defined probably by his music,” he said. “He was an excellent cellist and electric guitarist. Just always had a guitar. A very quiet, very talented, very capable musician. He was always a great student and very well liked. … Just unfortunate that such a young talented person doesn’t get to create anymore.”
Edmund’s funeral will be held Friday and his former orchestra teacher and classmates plan to hold a memorial concert for him later that afternoon at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at an LDS Church at 625 W. Center St. in Ivins and is open to the public.