Monday , August 05, 2013 - 2:13 PM
We love you Kit!…..Kit Collins, 15, of North Ogden Utah was born on February 12, 1998 in Ogden and was taken away far too soon, on August 1, 2013 when he was killed in a tragic accident.
He recently finished 9th grade at North Ogden Junior High and was headed to Weber High School in a few weeks. He was a Teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood in the Ben Lomond 9th Ward.
Every one of his days were lived to the fullest. Kit loves his family and they love him. He is very close to each of his sisters, brothers, his mom, dad and stepmom…..he loves his friends……… as a matter of fact, he loved everyone he has ever met and everyone loved him!
His Facebook page has exploded with hundreds and hundreds of posts, friend requests and comments, since his passing. There are songs written about him and for him, videos, hand drawn portraits, and many,many comments detailing an unbelievable legacy of countless lives who were touched and affected along the way, including stories of those who were changed, buoyed up, given hope and love, all from their association with Kit. There have been “Kit Collins Memorial Races” set up and candlelight vigils attended by hundreds………..We have come to learn and marvel that Kit’s reach is far and wide, he touched so many with his kindness, laughter and constant smiles.
His short life was full of all the things he loved most, his family and friends. He spent as much time as he could, riding his BMX bike, skateboard and motorcycle. He loved gymnastics, even taking some 1st place regional trophies his first time out!
He knew a lot of fun tricks on his bike and skateboard and was teaching himself more. He loves to hang out with his friends. He spent a lot of time with family at home and on trips, always making everyone laugh and encouraging everyone join him in his play and to “try it”!
So many who knew him, remembered him teaching them to “do a back flip” or sharing his humor and goofy playfulness. He loved to get out and do things. He had an extreme amount of curiosity and adventure…….there wasn’t anything he wasn’t interested in or wouldn’t try or want to try, from paragliding, Moab 4-wheeling, motorcycling to whitewater rafting and everything in between.
He played soccer when he was younger and loved to score goals and get his “reward” of $5 dollars a goal, often walking off the field, saying, “okay you owe me 10 bucks”…….! He was never boastful nor did he ever brag about his gifts and talents, he just wanted to do them and include everyone around him.
It wasn’t uncommon at family get-togethers to see him playing with and entertaining all the young kids and even the babies, everyone wanted to play with Kit……..and he would seek them out and run around teasing, teaching and loving them. They loved him and will all miss “My Kit”.
His nature is one of kindness, consideration and compassion, always wanting and making sure everyone was included and never left out, even total strangers.
He worked hard and had great ambitions. He had 3 paper routes for the Ogden Standard, that required a 5 am wakeup call every morning and worked every chance he got, saving a good portion of his money for his future, a car, a trip to France and more. One interesting note is that when he was signing his paperwork for his paper routes, he elected, by himself, to have them take a small amount out of each check to cover life insurance on himself! He is definitely the only 15 year old we know who had a vision like this at such a young age.
He showed us all what a tender loving heart was all about. We always felt better when we were with him and always left knowing we had been enriched. He wasn’t shy about expressing his love and even on record of hugging strangers at school, who would say, “who was that”?...... “oh, that was Kit”!
He looked up to his older brothers and sisters and often commented on how he loved them and wanted to be like them.
Kit is survived by his Mom, Nan Collins; his Dad, Marty Collins – his Stepmom, Karen Detlefsen-Collins and 6 sisters and brothers, their companions and several nieces and nephews;sister, Kimberly Green (Jake Green); sister, Rachel Allred (Robby Allred); brother, Ricky Collins (Dee Hill); brother, Alex Collins (his Fiancé Jen Longo and son, William), sister, Jenalee Collins (Dylan Dawson) and brother, Jason Collins; nieces and nephews, Breclyn Nelson, Korver Green, Paxton and Emery Allred; his Grandparents, Jeniel Stephens, Mike and Sally Collins and Step Grandmother, Fran Detlefsen and everyone in their families.
He is preceded in death by his nephew, Corbin Nelsen and his grandfather, Don Stephens, both of whom loved Kit and were loved by Kit.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 11a.m.in the LDS Chapel located at 575 East 3100 North in North Ogden. A viewing will be held at the church on Wednesday, August 7th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
We wish to express our deepest appreciation for all the angels who attended him in his last hours, including Lisa and Ben and all the medical and emergency individuals who so carefully took care of him. Thank you.
He brightened our lives and made us better having known him. We all love you Kit with all of our hearts and we miss you greatly. He would want us to “live life to the fullest” and “go for it”.We will never forget you Kit Collins – you will live on in our hearts and minds and we will try to live our lives as you would, accepting no limits, including and loving everyone, all with a lot of enthusiasm and smiles! We Love You! Live on Kit Collins! Live on!
Arrangements entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
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