Bryce John Buchanan, aged 56, died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends after an 18-month battle with colon cancer on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Bryce was born on December 6, 1965, in San Bernadino, California and was adopted 3 months later by his loving, eternal parents Hayle and Melva Taylor Buchanan. Bryce was the youngest of 4 children and grew up in North Ogden, Utah. He was loved and adored by his older brother David and his two older sisters, Janice and Marianne.
Bryce graduated from Weber High School in 1984 and showed his extraordinary intelligence and immense love for sports by earning a full-ride scholarship to Brigham Young University and lettering in football, basketball, and track. After high school, Bryce served an LDS mission in Recife, Brazil where he learned to speak Portuguese and to love serving others. He had many great stories of his experiences and of the friendships he made while living in Brazil.
After his mission, Bryce attended Brigham Young University where he reconnected with his high school friend, Kimberli Anne Kellett. They later married in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 12, 1988 and spent 34 wonderful years together. Bryce and Kim were blessed with three sons and one daughter, Tyler, Brendan, Garrett, and Brianna.
Bryce was highly educated and completed a BS in accounting, a MAcc in information systems consulting, and an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He even considered earning a law degree and completed the LSAT test, but eventually decided to focus on a career in accounting. Bryce worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and quickly climbed his way up the corporate ladder to become an audit partner after only 10 short years. His career with PwC took him to offices in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Seoul (Korea), San Jose and finally Salt Lake City. Bryce was a licensed CPA in the states of Arizona, California, and Utah, and served on the board of directors of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, The BYU Marriott School of Management School of Accounting Advisory Board, and the Entrepreneur's Forum of Greater Philadelphia. In 2017, Bryce retired early at the age of 51 after 27 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Bryce's first love was his family. He adored his wife, children and three grandchildren and constantly proved that there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for them. He loved spending time with them, taking them on trips, and watching their many accomplishments. Some of Bryce's proudest moments were when his son Tyler graduated Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science; when his son Brendan decided to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in accounting and also blessed him with two grandsons; when his daughter Brianna sang in choir performances and competed in drill and dance competitions; and when his son Garrett excelled in various sports and earned a college football scholarship. One of his own proudest moments was when he finally won the “Daddy Drill Down” competition after being coached by his daughter. His trophy is proudly displayed in his home.
Bryce had many passions including reading, sports, snowmobiling, UTV rides in the mountains, boating, fixing computers, and tinkering with any gadget he could find. He used to say that after he retired, he either wanted to own a small engine repair shop or be a bookmobile driver. He was a jokester and loved to tease his family and friends. He loved to travel and would often surprise his wife and family with trips to Morocco, Croatia, Greece, France, Italy, and Disneyland. He even had a snowmobiling trip planned for his family to West Yellowstone at the time of his passing.
Bryce was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved helping and serving others and held many callings including Branch President in Seoul, Korea, Young Men’s President, Stake Finance Clerk, Ward Clerk, and many others. Bryce spent much of his spare time coaching little league football, basketball, and baseball. He volunteered as a district board member, and an executive board member for the Ute Conference Little League Football organization for many years and was instrumental in helping them restructure their organization. He also volunteered many years of his time and business expertise, consulting and aiding some of the brightest minds and largest corporations in Utah.
Bryce is survived by his devoted wife Kimberli; children Tyler, Brendan (Julia DeMott), Brianna, Garrett, grandchildren; Cosette, Somerled and Oisin; brother, David Buchanan, sisters, Janice Buchanan, and Marianne (Max) Barker. He was preceded in death by his parents Hayle and Melva Buchanan.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2022, at the West Bountiful 8th Ward Chapel, 311 North 800 West, West Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at Utah Cancer Specialists for their care.