LAYTON -- The body of 4-year-old Corbin Anderson, who is presumed to have drowned in the Weber River two weeks ago, hasn't been found, but his spirit was alive in the hearts of hundreds of mourners at a memorial service Saturday.
Family and friends packed pews in the Lindquist Mortuaries chapel in Layton for the 45-minute service to pay tribute to Corbin's brief but memorable life.
The chapel was adorned with numerous photographs of Corbin, as well as some of his favorite toys. Mourners offered their condolences to his family before and after the service.
Corbin tumbled from a rock at the Ogden Kayak Park, located off 24th Street and Exchange Road, and into the fast-moving Weber River on April 28 during a photo session with his parents, Brian and Melanie Anderson, and brother Carter Anderson, 8, all of Layton.
So far, extensive searches of the Weber River and Great Salt Lake involving law enforcement personnel, kayakers,
underwater divers and volunteers walking along the bank have failed to locate Corbin's body.
Brian Anderson jumped into the river to try to save Corbin but was unsuccessful.
"I know I have to carry on," the father told those at the memorial service. "I will miss him forever."
Brian Anderson also described Corbin as his "favorite person," besides the boy's brother, Carter.
He also profusely thanked law enforcement personnel and volunteers for diligently searching for his son.
Scott Anderson described his grandson as special boy. "He was happy, adventurous, stubborn and mischievous."
Corbin loved watching Scooby-Doo and SpongeBob SquarePants on television and his favorite color was camouflage, Scott Anderson said, eliciting a chuckle from those at the service.
"He touched many, many hearts," his grandfather said. "Corbin will be greatly missed, but we will keep him in our hearts until we see him again."
Courtney Anderson, Corbin's aunt, agreed it's hard to say goodbye to the boy.
"No words can say how much we love little Corbin," she said, going on to explain his spirit was at the service.
"He's loved, he's safe, he's happy."