See You Again

" Tyler was known as a kind, smart, handsome young man. He enjoyed playing sports throughout his life, but especially soccer. He played for American Fork High School and the Rangers FC, and enjoyed the friendship of his teammates. He was smart and was an avid reader. He was fascinated by technology, and loved to listen to music. He took a lot of pride and satisfaction in his job at Emergency Essentials, and really enjoyed the people he worked with. He loved going to the movies."

Tyler is my best friend and cousin and on August 3, 2016, he passed away.  Once I heard the news I kept thinking of all the memories we had together and how grateful I am to have been able to have seen him last month. Who would have thought that would be the last time we spoke or gave each other a hug goodbye. Words can't really convey how grateful I am to have known him. I remember sitting at Grandma Olsen's table eating ice cream together as that was one of our favorite treats. We both developed a love for technology and thought we were so cool when we were able to email each other while we lived 1,300 miles apart. He was always creating little games on powerpoint and teaching me new things about computers. Growing up we were inseparable. When I was seven, my family and I moved from Utah to Missouri and that was a tough move. But every year we would visit Utah and Tyler and I would pick up where we left off. As we got older he became really good in soccer and I loved catching him in a game or playing a little game in the backyard with the other cousins. Those were perfect summer nights.

Tyler was also able to be part of some of the most important events of my life. The day I left for my mission, he came with me to the MTC (Missionary Training Center) to drop me off and that gave me the courage to step into the unknown. After my two-year mission, I returned home to Missouri and then visited Utah a month later to see my mission and my future wife. Tyler was the first family member to go on a mission tour with me. He got to meet some people that were very dear to me. That was one of the funniest days we had together. A few months after that visit I got engaged and on November 12, 2014, he fell off a cliff, leaving pretty much every bone in his body broken. I was terrified and prayed every day for him. Luckily, he survived and was able to gain recovery. In his hospital room, we held my little bachelor party a few days before my wedding. We ate burgers, fries, milkshakes and had many laughs. Even through his struggles, he was the best friend I could have asked for.

Tyler, I will see you again.

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