We lost our loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, Justen Eric Hale, due to a vehicle rollover while he was traveling home late Saturday night. Justen was born Feb. 2, 1990, in Salt Lake City to Eric B. and Suzanne B. Hale. He grew up in Coalville and was a junior at North Summit High School.
We will remember Justen for his love of life, for his laughter, his smile and his ability to make others happy. He was a great little brother and friend to his sister Nicole and the source of a lot of activity for his little brother Trevor.
Justen enjoyed the outdoors and could be frequently found with his friends or cousins playing ball, climbing the hillside or spending time hunting with his dad, brother and grandpa. Justen loved playing football and basketball at North Summit High. One of his proudest moments was two weeks ago when he scooped up a fumble and returned it for his first touchdown.
Justen loved people and would always be found making others smile. His mischievous nature kept his life full and will be the source for many wonderful memories. This love of others extended even to the end as he chose to be an organ donor and willingly gave of his physical body to help extend the lives of many others.
Although his time in this life was short, he lived a full life and enjoyed each waking moment. He will be sorely missed but anxiously engaged in extending the hand of love to those on the other side of the veil. Justen was a priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he willingly served others. His calling to serve as a missionary came early, which he’ll approach with the same vigor as he did life. His friendly nature will be a great strength in teaching the gospel to those on the other side.
Justen is survived by his loving parents Eric B. and Suzanne B. Hale, sister Nicole Hale, brother Trevor Hale, grandmother Gayle Monson Hale, grandparents Kenneth Ira and Margaret Ellis Bird, great-grandmother Marion S. Hale, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Bruce McKay Hale.
We love you, Justen! ‘Til we meet again.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, at noon in the Coalville Stake Center. Friends and family may call at the Stake Center, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Coalville Cemetery. Friends may send condolences to the family at http://www.walker-mortuary.com.
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