Our son and brother passed away August 26, 2023, at his home in Syracuse, Utah. Tory is the 4th of six children. The siblings in the Cleverly household consist of three girls and three boys. They grew up together but established their own unique personalities.
Tory is survived by his Parents Neil and Cheri, Sister Tedra Haslem (Bruce—Cedar City), Sister Tonya Curless (John—Farmington), Brother Tate (Ashley—St. George), Sister Taneil Jeppsen (Mark—Farmington), and Brother Trapper (Lindsey—Salt Lake).
Tory was known for his great smile and congenial attitude. He graduated from Bountiful High (Braves Forever) where he played football. Tory was at his best when he was active. As a youth he played soccer, baseball and football. He liked football the best and seemed to be able to stand a lot of pain. In one game, he tore his fingernail half off, had it taped and went back playing. In his teenage years, he took flying lessons and enjoyed snow boarding.
Tory talked to his parents more the last four months than the prior ten years. We could see that he was in a bad place but as it was in his short life here on earth he wanted to make all the decisions that applied to him. In that time period, he told his siblings and parents not to worry he was ok and wasn’t afraid to die.
Tory’s grandmother Loraine passed away twenty years ago. He enjoyed going to her house on Sundays for ice cream and seeing cousins. She was probably the first one to see him on the other side. Along with the many animals he helped as a vet tech. Tory didn’t like classrooms. That included church classes, school classes and meetings. Tory and Taneil started piano lessons together. Taneil excelled but their teacher said we shouldn’t waste anymore money on lessons for Tory. He was more the“Grizzly Adams” type and not the “Liberace” type.
We understand from people that he was a great vet tech. He learned his trade from Dr. Jim Wilson at Wilson Veterinary Hospital. He worked at many other vet hospitals and usually two at a time. He worked way too much but didn’t seem to mind it. It was unfortunate for his family (parents, brothers and sisters) because on holidays he would always take somebody else’s shift so they could be with their family.
We will never forget you Tory and are comforted knowing that any demons you had are gone forever.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 2, 2023, in the Russon Mortuary Chapel, 295 N. Main Street, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the mortuary prior to services. Tory will then be cremated and interment will be determined at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Bountiful.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin 10-15 minutes prior to services and will be posted below.