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Former University of Utah football player Monk Bailey dies

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — Former University of Utah all-conference fullback Claron Everett "Monk" Bailey died at his home on June 18, according to his obituary provided from his family.

Bailey, a native of Moab, Utah, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March. He was 77.

A four-sport letterman at Grand County High School, Bailey had 252 carries for 1,204 yards and 11 touchdowns as a fullback with the University of Utah football team to go along with four catches for 53 yards during his four-year career (1956-60).

He went on to play professionally with the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. He also played several years as a semipro and was an assistant coach for several high schools and colleges, including Weber State, Dixie State and Southern Virginia.

Monk joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1966 and served several callings, including branch president.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the LDS chapel in Queen Creek, Arizona.

— Jay Yeomans contributed to this report

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