In Memory of



Obituary for Justin Hadley

March 18, 1980 – March 10, 2022

Words cannot express the deep-seeded sorrow which comes with the passing of our beloved son, brother, father, uncle, friend on March 10, 2022. He was gone all too soon. At his passing, we are choosing to remember how he lived, not how he died.

Justin’s generous, tender heart was as big as they come. Friendship, to him, meant everything. He loved his friends and treated them as family. He loved his family and treated them as friends. His biggest fault was feeling that he could not give enough… enough of his resources, enough of his time, enough of himself.

Justin was born in Madras, Oregon on March 18, 1980. With his parent’s divorce when he was just two, came the opportunity to have two full-time homes, and additional parents and grandparents to love him along the way. With his adventurous spirit, it was probably a blessing that he had two sets of parents throughout most of his life!

He lived life on his terms and made sure it was full of adventure and opportunities. For him, “play time” was always a priority and he made the most of it... from skiing and snowboarding at Sundance to boating and wake surfing at Lake Powell and Discovery Bay to ziplining and four-wheeling at the cabin. Full-time employment was only a means to enjoy the “finer things in life.”

Justin graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in business. He had entrepreneurial skills that he used in an assortment of professions, most recently working with cell phone tower companies on site acquisition.

He was the favorite uncle among his nieces and nephews as he always found time to engage them in a game of some kind. But the love of his life was his son, River. No parent ever loved a child more. River and Justin were the best of friends.

Justin is survived by his parents, John and Elaine Page of Aloha, Oregon and Dale and Raylene Hadley of Orem, Utah; his son, River; siblings, Jason (& Debbie) Hadley of Lehi, Utah, Jeni Alexis (& Tim) Dunlap of Costa Mesa, California, Megan (& Taylor) Sanford of Lehi, Utah; Eric and Sarah Minson of Sandy, Utah, Rashelle Murray of Orem, Utah, Jessica Page (& Rob) Nield of Mapleton; nieces and nephews, Jackson, Rachel, Berlyn, Savana, Sidney, Cannon, Miles, Matthew, Fiona, Diego, Paisley, Quinn, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Liberty, Hannah, Kira and Connor; and his ex-wife, Holly Barkdull and the entire Barkdull family whom he dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, his sweet Nana, and his beloved brother, Jeremy. He will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Justin’s family and friends are invited to a “Life Celebration” on Monday, March 14th from 6:00-8:30 pm at 3130 W. Maple Loop Dr., Unit #110, Lehi, UT. A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15th at the Cascade 4th Ward Chapel, 1051 E. 200 N. Orem, Utah. (According to Justin’s wishes, ties for the men on Tuesday are optional.)

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests considering a donation to one of the following organizations: Live On Utah (Suicide Prevention Coalition), NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Utah, or AFSP Utah (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).