Kayden Michael Cresswell
Born: 8/3/1999, Moab, Utah
He was born Aug. 3, 1999, the youngest of four sons of Matt and Heidi Cresswell of Moab.
Kayden was a cowboy at heart. He was a skilled horseback rider and worked hard at the many chores associated with raising and handling horses and cattle. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved snowboarding, four-wheeling, and motorcycling. He was often called upon to rescue his friends and others who’d gotten stuck in the mud or snow.
Kayden was a junior at Grand County High School, where he participated in sports and other activities. As a defensive player for the football team last fall, he made 74 tackles, second most on the team for the season, and helped the Red Devils to a winning 6-5 record. He also intercepted two passes, running one of them back for a touchdown. He was named the team’s junior varsity player of the year as a sophomore.
Kayden was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a priest in the Moab 5th Ward. He’d recently overcome his fear of public speaking and had given the blessing on the sacrament as recently as this past Sunday.
Kayden is survived by his parents and his three older brothers: Jacob Cresswell, of Richfield, Utah; Ty Cresswell of Montana; and Justin Cresswell, currently serving a mission in Lima, Peru. He is also survived by grandparents Heinz and Hanna Okolowitz of Orem, Utah, and many extended family members, including aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kayden was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph Cresswell and Kathryn Cresswell.
Kayden cherished his best buddies Josh Harris and Dusty Patrick, and also enjoyed associating with his football teammates and many other wonderful high school friends and classmates. He touched many lives with his kindness, and those who knew and loved him will miss his fun-loving spirit and playful sense of humor.
The Cresswell family would like to thank all of those who have shown their love and support during this difficult time. An account has been set up in Kayden’s name at Mountain America Credit Union, where donations may be made to help the family pay for funeral expenses and gravestone, in addition to a memorial scholarship fund that his family plans to establish in his name.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Moab LDS Stake Center, 701 E. Locust Lane, with Moab 5th Ward Bishop Ryan Jackman conducting. A viewing will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West, Moab. There will also be a viewing at the church one hour before the funeral on Thursday, starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery in Spanish Valley.
Tributes3/2/2016 - Matt, Heidi, and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time of loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all, Lani & Rod - Lani & Rodney Asay2/29/2016 - Matt. & Heidi so deeply sorry for your loss. You guys are such an inspiration to our community. We love you guys & are here for you alway! - Jerry & Byrdi Warf2/27/2016 - Our hearts go out to your and your family at this sad time in your lives. - Bill & Inalyn Meador
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