Rachel Saxton(1992 - 2014)

Rachel Dawn Saxton went home to live with our Lord Jesus on Tuesday, July 22, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 22. Rachel was known for her strong will and outgoing personality, easily making friends and winning souls for the kingdom of God. Rachel's compassion extended to working with high school students. As a "Young Life" volunteer, she spent several hours each week encouraging students by listening and sharing her experiences. She was always available regardless of the hour and never hesitated to spend her own money to help someone in need. Rachel was also an Olympic weightlifter. Despite nearly losing her leg from a previous battle with cancer, she was an active member of the Crossfit Klamath family and Barbell Club. She was a competitive Olympic lifter, competing at the state level and defying the expectations of her doctors. Rachel's determination compelled her trainer, Dean, to nickname her "Savage" and it fit. Rachel was born on April 7, 1992, the third of four children to Mark and Debbie Saxton. She is survived by her mother, Debbie; father, Mark; brothers, Bryan and Jonny; and sister, Rebecca; her fraternal grandparents, Phil and Vera Saxton, with many amazing aunts and uncles in the Portland area and their many children (cousins) spread from the West Coast to the East Coast. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Gloria Dawn Cave, with whom she shared her middle name; Uncle Mark and Aunt Faith, who were like second parents to Rachel as they were also her caretakers while we were working, and were included in many family vacations with her cousins, Mike, John and Eric; Aunt Michelle and Uncle Kent were also very important in Rachel's life. She spent a couple of summers babysitting her younger cousins, Brylee and Jacob, whom she adored and was a regular at their home in Medford or their houseboat at Shasta. She has also left behind many extended family members from here in Oregon from our "Reedsport Family" to our "Florida Family." Services will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 in Klamath Christian Center 6100 Church Hill Dr., Klamath Falls, Ore. Final resting place will be at Mt. Laki Cemetery. Rachel asked that all donations to the family go to the local "Young Life" Klamath Falls, P.O. Box 1734, Klamath Falls, Or. 97601-0097 541-205-2228. The family will hold a viewing on Monday, July 28, in Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepard between 1-5 p.m. located at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, Ore. 541-883-3458. You can see Rachel's story in her own words on Youtube.

Funeral Home

Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 883-3458

Published in Herald And News on July 27, 2014