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Chad Pinkston 1/26/1990 ~ 10/18/2009 Chad Pinkston, 19, passed away quietly early Sunday morning, at home with his family, after courageously battling cancer for three years. Chad graduated in 2008 from Pleasant Grove High School. He excelled in academics, played the cello, and was in A Cappella Choir. He was honored by Utah Valley Magazine in 2008 as one of the "14 High School Students Who Could Change the World." He had a quick wit and a sharp intellect. He was accepted to BYU and received a scholarship from both BYU and the American Cancer Society. Chad was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, and he was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved learning and was a voracious reader. He enjoyed Church history, camping, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time in the mountains. Chad showed us how to live; it was a privilege having him in our home. More than anything else, Chad loved being with his family and once said his favorite sound was the laughter at family gatherings. Chad was a wonderful young man. When Chad was 16, he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. Chad was optimistic, faithful, and fearless in his battle. We thank Dr. Richard Lemons and the nursing staff at Primary Children's Medical Center, as well as at Critical Care and Community Nursing Services. He could not have received better care. We are grateful that he is now with his grandpa, Grant A. Bayles. He is survived by his parents, David and Katherine Pinkston; brothers and sisters, Sydney, Allyson, Kyle, Scott, and Brigham; grandparents, Alan and Patricia Pinkston and Helen Bayles; and wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services: Friday, October 23, 2009, 11:00 a.m., Manila Stake Center, 980 East 850 North, American Fork (next to Mt. Timpanogos Temple). Viewings: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 6 - 8 p.m., Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, and at the church on Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment in the Blanding City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com Rather than flowers, please consider donating to the Missionary Fund of the LDS Church. Chad always wanted to serve a mission. Thank you for your prayers and concerns in Chad's behalf. Each and every prayer has been answered.

Published in Deseret News on Oct. 21, 2009
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