Roy Edward DeKay

5 December 1908–19 September 2001 (Age 92)
Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of Roy Edward

When Roy Edward DeKay was born on 5 December 1908, in Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Samuel Jerome DeKay, was 35 and his mother, Harriet Maria Cameron, was 27. He married Katherine Buchanan on 12 February 1932, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Temple City, Los Angeles, California, United States in 2000. He died on 19 September 2001, in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Roy Edward DeKay
Katherine Buchanan
Marriage: 12 February 1932
Daryl Anne DeKay
Patricia Lynn DeKay

Spouse and Children


    Katherine Buchanan


12 February 1932
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


    Daryl Anne DeKay


    Patricia Lynn DeKay


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1909 · Rainbow Bridge is Discovered

Age 1

Until 1909, this natural wonder was not known to the outside world. Two separate exploration parties – one headed by University of Utah Dean Byron Cummings, and another by government surveyor, W.B. Douglass – began searching for the legendary span. Eventually, they combined efforts. Paiute guides Nasja Begay and Jim Mike led an exploration party in the south east corner of Utah, along with trader and explorer John Wetherill. Coming down what is now Bridge Canyon, the party saw Rainbow Bridge for the first time. The next year, President Taft proclaimed the newly found structure a National Monument. Theodore Roosevelt and Zane Grey were among the first visitors to see the Monument. The trail they took is no longer passable for horses but is now a trailhead for hikers that want to visit the bridge. Rainbow Bridge receives thousands of visitors each year but, the National Park Service asks visitors to be respectful of its significance to the people who have long held Rainbow Bridge sacred.
1933 · Sons of Utah Pioneers

Age 25

Like the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers is an organization dedicated to preserving the legacy and studying the history of the Latter-day Saints Pioneers of Utah and the West. The organization is open to All good men of every age and circumstance who have an interest in the early Utah Pioneers. It is not necessary to have pioneer ancestry to join.

Name Meaning

Dutch: from Middle Dutch cade ‘piece of roast fat’, hence an derogatory nickname or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a cook.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Roy Dekay in entry for Vera Twiggs, "Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864-2007"
  • Roy Edward de Kay, "Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914"
  • Roy Edward De Kay, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"

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