UPDATED: Family identifies man who died after horse-related incident in Dammeron Valley

Jesse "Trent" Crapo, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Maureen Russ, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A man who died after suffering a serious injury from an incident involving a horse Saturday morning has been identified by family members as Jesse Trent Crapo from Central.

Maureen Russ, the man’s sister-in-law, confirmed Saturday afternoon with St. George News that Crapo is the man who died that morning after suffering a serious injury. She said Crapo, who went by his middle name, Trent, moved to Central about two months ago but he kept his horses in Dammeron Valley.

Crapo was riding a horse on a trail Saturday between a Dammeron Valley residential area and Upper Sand Cove Reservoir with his family, Dammeron Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin Dye said. After his family finished riding, he wanted to continue alone.

First responders were paged to a scene where Crapo had been riding his horse around 11:11 a.m. Saturday after people noticed the horses returning to town without their riders.

Crapo was apparently on the horse and guiding two other horses when he was hurt. The page to responders referenced him being bucked off a horse, but since no one was there to witness the incident, Dye couldn’t confirm Saturday morning whether that was the cause of the injury.

“People witnessed three horses arrive back into the valley where he originated from and no riders on those horses,” Dye said.

The people then went and looked around to try to figure out why three horses returned with no riders. By the time Crapo was found and when Dammeron Valley Fire was paged, Dye said he had been out in the desert for about an hour.

“At the time, he was unable to speak,” Dye said. “He was dehydrated.”

Responders from Gold Cross Ambulance administered fluids to Crapo and tried to get any vitals that they could. A crew from Intermountain Life Flight arrived to transport him to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

“Unfortunately, the patient passed away after he arrived at the hospital,” Dye said.

He suffered a hip break and snap of a femoral vein, Dye said, which caused an internal bleed. Dye noted that he wasn’t wearing any protection at the time of the incident.

Crapo’s wife, Vicki Crapo, said her husband will be remembered for his hard-working ethics and willingness to share his love of horses with friends of all ages.

“He was truly an authentic cowboy from beginning to end,” Vicki Crapo said, “doing what he loved best.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Update July 1, 5:30 p.m. to include identification of Trent Crapo by family members.

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