Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Bradley Steven Bell\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tBradley Steven Bell\n\nEarly in the morning of October 30, 2018 our dear son, brother, uncle, and friend Bradley Steven Bell slipped from our presence and into the loving arms of those waiting to take him to his eternal home. Once again, he cheerfully shouldered the heavy burdens that were his life-long lot and taught us all how to bravely endure our trials and adversities with joy. As cancer aggressively ravaged his body, he remained positive, grateful, and thoughtful of others to the end.\n\nBradley was born in Fort Ord, California on September 18, 1955 to George Marcus Bell and Nedra Ruth Nielson Bell as the first of four children. Brad lived most of his childhood in Portland, Oregon. He had an insatiable curiosity, vivid imagination, and thrill of discovery that led to many hours of fun and excitement for his siblings. He filled his early years by pursuing his love of outdoor adventure, biking, tree climbing, skiing, board games, music, and improvisational piano playing. Brad appreciated the beauties of life, and simple joys, including flavors, fragrances, and wonders. He attended four years of seminary during high school and developed a love of the scriptures, especially the Doctrine and Covenants. He always possessed a deep sense of spirituality. In 1973 Bradley graduated from Benson Technical High School in Portland. For a time, he attended a community college in the area, and worked at Pendleton Woolen Mills before leaving to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manchester, England from 1977 to 1979.\n\nBradley’s goals and ambitions were severely sidetracked when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s. Determined not to let this rob him of the rich blessing he desired, Bradley did his best in spite of this challenge. He married for a short time and made the most of his situation. As the reality of his mental illness set in, he sought refuge in the childhood security of his loving family and grandparents. He moved from Utah, to Ohio then Florida and finally back to Utah where he remained. Under the care of family members he found a home in Springville, Utah in the early 1990’s, where he established roots and flourished under the watchful eye of the amazing case workers and caregivers of Wasatch Mental Health. His greatest advocate has always been his dear mother Nedra.\n\nBradley was loved by everyone who knew him. His uncanny memory allowed him to remember names, faces, and quirky details from the past. He would always see the best in others. Ever cheerful and polite, many people found solace in his positive attitude and the joy he could find in the midst of great personal trials. He was a constant example of faith in God, strong determination, loyal friendship, and unconditional love. He enjoyed giving and receiving gifts. His nephews and nieces were very close to him, and he relished being with family for holidays and birthdays. Recipients of his loving gestures will long cherish the thought and meaning he put into his special expressions of affection. We are all better for the place he holds in our hearts and we long for the day when we can be reunited with the whole Brad – the man we were able to see in stunning glimpses of eternal potential.\n\nHis father George Marcus Bell preceded Bradley in death. He is survived by his mother Nedra N. Bell, his sister Leslie Bell Nelson (George), and his brothers Jason Bell (Kimberly), and Casey Bell (Roxanne), as well as many nieces and nephews.\n\nA viewing will be held November 10, 2018 from 9:30-11:15 AM at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave. Provo, UT. The funeral will begin at 11:30 AM. The graveside service will be at the Huntsville Utah Cemetery.