Thank You

Dear Friends and Family,

We were never prepared for this moment in time. One never expects it to happen to them or even someone close. My heart is breaking. A big hole has been ripped out and it will never be whole again. I miss Calvin so much. But it still doesn't feel real. I keep expecting his smiling face to pop around the corner with a goofy comment that will either drive me crazy or make me laugh. Calvin is such a special boy. I miss him so much. The only solace I have is knowing that we are an eternal family, that we will get to be with him again. I know that this earth life is only temporary. I can feel everyone's prayers. They are like a warm blanket around me on a chilly winter night. There is absolutely no way that I could make it through this time without EVERYONE'S love, help, prayers, visits, and calls. His obituary is in the Daily Herald. I made all my sisters and sister-in-laws help me write the thing, I couldn't bear to do it alone. We were laughing for an hour straight at all our remembrances. I know that is how Calvin wants us to remember him. I know he's in Heaven watching us and telling us to quit crying and mourning. My husband was talking to someone about another boy going on a mission and he just got an incredibly peaceful feeling that Calvin was called home early because he had work to do up in Heaven. I'm thankful for my beliefs and the support it gives me. I'm going to post his obituary because it's beautiful. It has to be, Calvin is a beautiful person.

Calvin Christopher Hansen

Calvin Christopher Hansen, born December 22, 1994, in Payson, Utah. Our cherished son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, and Scout passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2008, as a result of a motor-vehicle accident. His dog, Boomer, also passed away in the accident.

Calvin was in eighth grade at Spanish Fork Junior High School. He had many friends and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He played sports with a smile on his face. He loved to do things with his friends and when he couldn’t, he texted them nonstop. Calvin was full of life. He had an infectious happy personality. We will always remember his adventurous and sensitive spirit. Calvin was always concerned about others and put everyone’s needs before his own.

True to his spirit, he always volunteered to help others. He loved his brothers and his dog, Boomer, and he was very protective of them. He was an avid Scout in Troop 1501. He earned all his merit badges and was preparing to work on his Eagle Scout Project. He earned his Arrow of Light and Duty to God Award. This past summer Calvin attended Timberline National Youth Leadership Training Camp and forged new relationships with other Scouts. He loved the outdoors and all activities; hiking, camping, rock climbing, swimming, geocaching, and hunting. He got his first deer three weeks ago while hunting with his father.

Recently he attended the Priesthood Session of General Conference in Salt Lake City with his best friend, his dad. There has always been a special spirit about Calvin that has touched so many others’ lives. He will be sorely missed but his memories will bring smiles and laughter forever. We appreciate all the people who have taken care of Calvin during his lifetime and know that they all helped to mold him into such a strong and happy person.

We thank everyone for their calls and visits. It means so much to us to know that he touched so many peoples’ lives.

Calvin was survived by his parents, Chris and Donna, brothers, Clayton and Cole, his grandparents, Dena Hansen (Dave Hendrickson), Dan and JoAnn McLean, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Fred Robin Hansen.

There will be a viewing from 6-8pm on Monday, October 20, at Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork. Tuesday, October 21, there will be a viewing at the Latter-day Saint Chapel from 9:45 -10:45 am at 870 E. Canyon Rd, Spanish Fork, Utah, followed by the funeral at 11 am.

A fund has been established in Calvin’s name at Central Bank. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may do so at any bank branch.


sally said...

Calvin is such a wonderful person and his spirit will be missed here on earth. I get sad thinking my children will never remember how much fun he is. I will make sure they learn about his memory. We love you and really want to do anything to make you feel whole.

Kathie said...

Oh Donna, what to say to you? I sit here with tears falling as I listen to our new grandson's cries. A new life given and one taken. I learned many years ago not to try to question why these things happen. God has planned our lives before we take a breath and even though I will never understand the whys, I believe He will always take care of us. Your great Aunt Marge has shown us through her faith that no matter the heartache, God is here...through it all. Life will never be the same from here on. But Calvin will live on in the memories of his family and he will not be forgotten. Even after 30+ years Casey and Emily know who Linda and Mark are because we keep their memory alive with the stories we tell when we get together. Events today bring to mind memories of great-grandpa and grandma Merriam from the past times of heartache and joys. The ties that bind us as family will keep us strong through these days ahead. Our love to you all....k

the HeartTongues said...

my heart just aches for you, Donna, and your family. i'm sitting here crying; i can't fathom what you're feeling/living right now. i don't know Calvin personally, but i feel like i do from all that i've heard you say at Bunco and on your blog. sounds like the kind of boy i hope my boys can be one day. how are Clayton & Cole doing? i've been thinking about them a lot today. you keep hangin' on. i'm planning to see you Tuesday...

Nilsson News said...

Donna ...There are no accidents in life. As a cancer survivor I believe this, and after the initial shock and sadness of hearing the news... I KNEW Calvin was called home for a reason! and poor Boomer....PLEASE feel my love

Petit Elefant said...

I love you, I love you, I love you.

Brandon and Katee said...

Donna and Chris, We don't know each other too well, this is Katee Bake, I'm married to Dean's brother. Anyway, I just wanted let you know you are in my heart and prayers at this hard time. We are thinking about you and wish there was something we could do. I didn't know Calvin very well but knew he was a special kid from things Suzanne has said. Rely on Christ, through him anything is possible.
Love, The Brandon Bake family

Gramalis said...

I am April's mother-in-law Melissa. I just wanted you to know that I too have prayed for your family many times each day since reading April's blog on Saturday. I will continue to pray that the peace and comfort from our Father in Heaven will settle over each one of you.

Kerry Wyckoff said...

Donna and Chris,
What a wonderful tribute to Calvin!! You are such wonderful parents and such great friends. I am so saddened by your loss, and cannot even imagine the sorrow and pain you are going through at this time. I am also saddened by the loss of Boomer the Bassett Hound. I am really going to miss visiting with Calvin, and petting Boomer as they took their walks through the neighborhood. What a loss.
Calvin was a very special young man and I know he and Boomer are with their Grandpa Rob. What a sweet reunion. But, here we are, faced with this great loss.
My prayers and thoughts are with you as your family travels through your grief journey. Please know that I am here for you and if you need anything, and I mean anything, do not hesitate to call. I love you guys, and again am so sorry for your loss.
Much love, Kerry

mommybake said...

PLEASE rememeber how loved you are and how many people are saying prayers for you and Chris and the boys! I love you so much! It has been over a week now, and it still seems unreal! I am so sorry! Just please remember we love you!!

curlygirl said...

I have done nothing but think of you guys since we've been home. We love and miss you! Call if you need ANYTHING!!!!!