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Carson Glen Koch

In Remembrance Of

Carson Glen Koch

March 29, 2001 to April 7, 2018

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, Carson Glen Koch and his girlfriend, Brayden Cassidy Eaton, were traveling between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah, when they veered off the road and rolled, instantly killing both of them. Carson and Brayden were sweethearts who had been dating for the past sixteen months.

Carson was a Junior at Hillcrest High School and was well-known and much-loved by many classmates. He was an excellent and dedicated student, maintaining a 3.9 overall GPA and working 2 jobs at Sizzler in Sandy and as a Referee & Umpire with Sandy City Rec.

How do you sum up the life and describe the hole that Carson’s passing has torn in the hearts of his mom and dad—Chris & Jody—and of his three brothers—Kyle, Cole, and Ryan—and of his grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and classmates?  Much comfort is found knowing that his Uncle Dirk preceded him in death and was waiting for him with open, loving arms.

It is not enough to say that Carson was a very talented drummer and notably earned his Eagle Scout Rank at the age of 13. He was also ambitious, determined, charismatic, and extremely hard-working. He had been saving his money to buy the car of his dreams—a black Mustang with red racing stripes. He LOVED basketball and his favorite team was the NBA’s Miami Heat. He wasn’t afraid to tell everyone that he loved Donald Trump. He also loved all kinds of animals. His future ambition was to be a profitable entrepreneur.

None of this describes his stunning smile, his mischievous ways, his determination to defend the underdog and the unique personality that we all loved so much.

No one is perfect and Carson struggled with many things just like all of us.  His struggles made him deeply empathetic and understanding and fiercely willing to see the best in people and help anyone who struggled like he did.  He was indignant with anyone who judged others and he would tell you that no one really knows someone except Heavenly Father who is the only perfect judge.

He was and did all these things—and more. Much more. And we know he’s in a safe and beautiful place. But we also know the ache in our hearts and the many things we’ll never get to see him do or become in a life that was filled with so much enthusiasm, ambition and promise. We are grateful that we had him in our family for these past seventeen years. Hug your kids. Tell them that you love them.

A dual funeral will be held this Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the LDS stake center located at 8485 South 1000 East in Sandy, Utah. There will be a viewing from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. with the funeral at 12:00 P.M.



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  1. Mike & MaryAnn Carter says:

    We are so very sorry for your families.
    You’re in our prayers.

  2. Jessica Kartchner says:

    This is so true. When I watched over the kids for a week while Jody and Chris were off on their anniversary, both Ryan and Cole were in bed. I went downstairs to turn the lights off and found Carson on the couch. He just started having a conversation with me, asking questions and getting to know me as a person. I started telling him things that I normally don’t tell people and he just sat there and listened and got involved. He was an easy person to talk to. By the end of the week, Jody told me that Carson actually liked me. Apparently he didn’t say that about the nannies very often, so I felt pretty special. I was looking forward to watching them again next year, unfortunately Carson won’t be there this time, but instead, watching over. We will all miss you dearly Carson.

  3. Leslie Spencer says:

    What a beautiful memorial and tribute to Carson. I wish I had known him better. Love you guys! My heart, my thoughts, and prayers are with you.
    Lots of love, Leslie

  4. Peter and Mary Ruplinger says:

    Dear Jody and Chris and boys,
    Our hearts are broken for you and our prayers are sent with all the others to ask for comfort and peace during this most challenging time. Absolutely, there is purpose in this and it’s part of both Carson’s and Brayden’s grand plan. Now it’s your part to grieve as you see fit and then honor their memories…until you meet again. Much love…

  5. Jody DeLand says:

    I love the picture of Carson holding the basketball. This is exactly how I remember him. He had that smile to accompany an attitude as stubborn as my own. I admired his tenacity.

    I send love and prayers to all of you and a few extra ones for Cole. You have raised remarkable boys and it was a privilege to teach two of them. Upon reading the details of the service, I can see you continue to serve others. I hope I can become more like you. I know Carson is smiling on you from above. Hugs.

  6. Janice & Kay mitchell says:

    Kay & I are so very sorry to hear about your great loss. Your tribute to him is so beautiful, he must have been a very special young man, our thoughts and prayers are with you both and with Kyle, Cole and Ryan and the rest of your family.

  7. Audrey Frazier says:

    I do not know you but a friend posted this on her Facebook page. Carson’s obituary was the most beautiful tribute to a person’s life I have read. The writer described Carson in such personal detail, I wish I could have known him! He was a true original! I am sad knowing the pain you are all experiencing.⚘

  8. Cally nichols says:

    Thank you for those beautiful
    Words. I too wish i could have known him. You raised him well. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  9. Deena Stout Benson says:

    Thank you for sharing a little of Carson’s beautiful life. My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with your family. Love you guys. Deena Stout Benson.

  10. Andrea McKee says:

    From what I remember of Carson in person back in his elementary school days, he was so sweet and fun loving. He always had a smile, a kindness, and an acceptance about him of those he met. He was always a blast to be around, so adventurous and creative. I loved watching his drumming skills develop and his growth as a person as each year went by. He was a gift to know and his reflection lives on in his dear family. Carson will be missed in person, but he isn’t far. The love that he had for his brothers and family show that he is sure to be their guardian angel. Carson, I’m grateful to have known you. Love, Andrea

  11. Van and Cherry Gardner says:

    Dear sweet Jody, Chris and family: We are heartbroken for you over this horrific tragedy. We can only pray that Heavenly Father will bless you with the spiritual comfort , love, and strength you will need to endure this unthinkable trial.

  12. Van and Cherry Gardner says:

    Much love…

  13. Curt and Marilyn Folkersen says:

    We are blessed to have had Carson in our ward family. He was a shining star and had a great
    influence on everyone who got to know him. He will truly be missed. We share in your grief and ask the Lord to send His comforter to be with you.
    Love Curt and Marilyn Folkersen

  14. Megan says:

    God bless you and your family through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Don and Megan Goodwin

  15. Vernice G Aikens says:

    Dear Chris and Family,
    I am so sorry for the lost of your son, there is no words to say to a mother or father or family in the time of sorrow; but in my heart I send you my condolences and Blessing for God to keep you strong ..
    Much Love ,
    Vernice Aikens

  16. Greg & Heather Willits says:

    Chris, Jody & Boys,

    Our hearts are broken for you, & all who knew & loved Carson. What a beautiful tribute to your son & brother. Praying your hearts will heal daily through the love of the Master Healer. Thank you for reminding us to hug & love our children. Life feels even more precious now. We’re deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet son.

    Love & prayers, Greg & Heather Willits

  17. Rich & Connie Murphy says:

    Dear Chris and Jody, and family
    We just found out about the loss of your precious son. We are so very sorry. Cannot imagine your heart ache.
    Your tribute to him is so touching. We hope the sweet memories of him will somehow help you. He is now spreading his kindness on the other side of the veil.
    Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you, and for you. May our Father in Heaven bless and comfort each of you.
    Love, Rich & Connie Murphy

  18. Melissa says:

    I don’t know you, but I have heard about your sweet son and his girlfriend. Nothing can prepare you for such an unexpected loss. My brother passed 7 1/2 years ago, leaving his wife and five daughters. This was the most tragic experience of my existence. He was my big brother, my anchor, my friend. His wife unexpectedly past away last month leaving their oldest (23) to care for the youngest two (14 & 16). As a parent, I can not understand the loss of a child, but I do understand the loss of a sibling and my sister-in-law who was my sister.

    There are no words of comfort I can share, but I am praying for you and your family. Loss is difficult, but you get through it. The first year is the hardest, but there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel. I know that God loves you all and there are divine purposes for life even if we don’t understand them. I know God is always with you.

    Again, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am also sending love. God Be With You ALWAYS!!!

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