Salt Lake City, UT – Adam Michael Moreland, 39, unexpectedly passed away on July 2nd, 2023, in his home.
He was born on February 2nd, 1984 in Houston, TX, son of Billy Don Moreland and Leanne Smith Moreland. He was married to Jessica Lynne Schmitz on September 8th, 2006; later divorced. Together they had a son, Landon Michael Moreland.
He was the third of five children to Bill Moreland and Leanne Smith Moreland. Adam was the consonant middle child, afraid of nothing and master of anything that truly piqued his interest. Childhood took him from Texas to Florida to Georgia to Utah – and back to Georgia. Eventually he left Atlanta for some life defining years in Birmingham – and ultimately back to Utah, his permanent home.
His early years were spent in a home with love and security of family. Adam was born with an older sister, April and older brother, Jeremy – who were both eager to help him navigate the early years; April trying to run interference and keep him out of trouble with mom and dad and Jeremy trying to teach him the many forms of fun trouble. Upon arrival of his younger sister Jessica, followed by the baby, Ashley, it was now Adam’s turn at the role of “big” brother. He did not disappoint. He would eagerly don a costume to role play for a good laugh – or share his love of animals – and not just dogs and cats. At times, Adam’s room might have housed three of four exotic pets – obviously before he became an OCD neatnik. Already a Spider Monkey by the age of 11, in a single fall from a tree, Adam broke BOTH arms. Mind you, this was not during a routine afternoon
in the neighborhood – but during a stop-over while the family was moving over 1900 miles from Atlanta to Salt Lake City. Nothing was mundane.
As a youth, Adam loved watersports, gaming, skateboarding and generating cash to acquire any coveted big boy toys he was unable to wrangle from Santa. An entrepreneur from a young age, he bought candy bars from the local store and resold them at school for a respectable profit. (Though, for a good friend – or a favorite sister – he would share for free.) As an early teen, he would dive the cove of the infamous 5th hole of Lake Lanier Islands golf course to gather the abundance of golf balls on the lake bottom. Adam would clean them up, bag them and sell the water balls back to the avid golfers. He was the most popular babysitter in the neighborhood. He had a secret marketing tool; he had a stash of candy he took with him on each job to share. The kids were sworn to secrecy – and they always begged their parents for Adam to be the sitter. During these years, he spent his spoils at Mama’s Skateboard Shop. Chad Muska was his hero. When he wasn’t on his board or at the lake, he was reading books. He developed a lifelong appreciation of a good mystery. The days of a carefree adolescence came to an abrupt halt. He turned 16. And then it was all about the fumes, gas fumes and perfume. To support these greater financial needs, Adam got an after school job and he never looked back. From that day on, Adam was a working man. In his adult years, his hobbies and passions included anything to do with the outdoors such as camping, fishing, hiking, and adventuring in nature. He had quite the green thumb, he always had a garden wherever he lived, but his ultimate joy was growing his own chili peppers and making homemade hot sauce. Which sold like hotcakes once finished. He loved his Lego’s and spent hours upon hours crafting and building them to display them in his home, along with his shoe collection. Adam also had a huge love for animals, from his puppies Karma and Nova to his chickens he had recently acquired. As a young adult he moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work in the family business. In a 100,000 SF monstrosity of a building, he began honing skills of sweet-talking freight elevators, rigging equipment, packing in /packing out, using tetris skills loading out docks full of heavy machinery – and most importantly working with a team – as a team – to safely meet deadlines. It was also there, Adam began his affinity for adopting co-workers as 2nd family. While in Birmingham, he became a dyed in the wool fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, RTR. It was in sweet home Alabama, Adam began the most coveted role of his life when upon the birth of Landon Michael Moreland, Adam became a father. The birth of his son Landon was THE red letter banner day in the life of Adam. As Landon grew, Adam wanted to gift him more time with family. This meant leaving Birmingham Alabama, for Salt Lake City Utah, where Adam remained for the rest of his days. With this move came the opportunity to combine all the skills he had honed: rigging, audio visuals, team building to enter the world of stage management. Beginning with a windstorm at The Great Saltair, it was in this world Adam flew highest and farthest taking him many places including the pinnacle of his professional career as Tech N9ne’s Stage Manager taking him the places such as; Angora Theatre, Concord Music Hall, Maplewood, House of Blues Mandalay Bay, & the world famous Red Rocks amphitheater! The music industry was one of his many passions, and his family was his main pride.
It is befitting to bring the celebration of Adam back home to the shores of The Great Salt Lake to honor him among the vast array of friends and family. In each of the very different places he called home, he found his niche and made a name for himself. He dearly loved his Morelands, yet his definition of family was not limited to the happenstance of birth. Adam did not expect gentrification when he moved to a new area. He became a part of his new homeland. For this he was valued.
He enjoyed lifelong friends and he will live on in many other’s fond memories. Now Adam, finally, is at rest, and we hold him close within our hearts. Please hold him close, as we do, in your mind and your spirit. Adam was so full of love and life, for everyone he knew, and everyone he came in contact with. He was a loving father, husband, brother, uncle, nephew, son, grandson, and friend. He will be extremely missed.
Adam is predeceased by his father, Bill D Moreland; his mother, Leanne Smith Moreland; maternal grandparents, James Smith and Mavey Smith; paternal grandparents Roy Moreland and step-grandmother Betty Moreland; and
step-grandfather Joe Bailey.
Adam is survived by his son, Landon Michael Moreland; Fiancé Carlee Anne Carroll; brother Jeremy Moreland (Trish); sisters April Daun Moreland, Jessica Ryan Moreland Brandon (Dustin) and Ashley Renae Moreland Taggart. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Jeanette Ayers Bailey, a stepmother Jennifer Moreland, numerous aunts and uncles and 15 nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Friday, July 21st, 2023 at Memorial Mortuary & Cemeteries, 5850 South 900 East Murray, UT. 84121.
Viewing services will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. family and friends are welcome. Funeral services will be held directly following the viewing, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Internment and graveside dedication will be held at American Fork Cemetery 26 West 600 North American Fork, UT. 84003.
Celebration of life will take place following all funeral services, located at The Great
Saltair 12408 West Saltair Dr. Magna, UT. 84044. From 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
**ALL of Adam’s friends and family are encouraged to attend.**Service Information
Viewing July 21, 2023 at 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Memorial Murray Mortuary, 5850 South 900 East, Murray, Utah
July 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Memorial Murray Mortuary, 5850 South 900 East, Murray, Utah