OGDEN - On April 29, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. the Greatest Man I ever knew, Chayse Michael Whiteman, was taken from us in a terrible car accident that happened just as he was heading home from work to get some sleep and finish studying for finals. The lives of his family and friends will never be the same but, we are grateful for the wonderful memories we have of his much too short life.
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Chayse grew up in North Ogden and graduated from Weber High School in 2008. He played many sports but he had a true passion for baseball.
Chayse had two mottos in life. The first was, "Don't wait to be great," and the second was, "Get busy liven' or get busy dyin'," and he lived both. He was always motivated. He filled every day with as much life as it could hold and took every opportunity to reach for greatness. His drive and determination earned him an academic scholarship to Utah State University where he was following his lifelong passion and love for athletics by perusing a degree in sports medicine.
Chayse was a man blessed with a great family and many friends. He had a great sense of humor and some of our greatest memories of him will be the sound of his laugh, the way he never wore his hat quite centered on his head and his love for Rage Against the Machine, rap and hip-hop music.
Chayse, every life you touched will keep memories of you in their hearts forever. Those who will miss you the most are your parents, Mike Whiteman and Laura Valentine; sisters, Tiffany Perry and Karlene Valentine; brother-in-law, Dustin Perry; and grandparents Dale Whiteman and Edna Balactar. Though we miss those who have gone before you, we are glad your grandmother Kathryn Whiteman, grandfather Walt Balactar and uncle Tim Balactar were there to catch you and keep you company.
Instead of sending us flowers please take the time to do something nice for you and your family in honor of Chayse and remember every time you look into the eyes of your child that life is a blessing. Make sure that every moment you spend with them and those you love are the greatest moments of your life. Your world can change in an instant and when memories are all that's left, be glad there are so many good ones to choose from.
Son, you are the Greatest Man I ever knew. We will miss you more than words can say and our lives will never be the same without you.
A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Leavitt's Mortuary, 836 36th St. in Ogden.
Please send us your condolences and a memory at www.leavittsmortuary.com.
836 36th Street
Ogden, UT 84403
Published in Logan Herald Journal from May 2 to May 16, 2012