Cameron Isaac Wilder
1996 ~ 2013
"I don't think I ever heard Cameron say anything bad about anyone else." - A Friend
Cameron Isaac Wilder, 17, of Boise and a student at Timberline High School, died on September 8, 2013, but not long before that, he was joyfully welcomed into the world on July 29, 1996 by his loving parents, Stewart and Debbie Wilder, and his older brother, Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Wilder. According to legend, he started his wide collection of friends in early childhood, disappearing on his bicycle in a new neighborhood to go door to door until he'd located every other kid that lived there or whoever had a plate of warm cookies. Throughout his life no one was ever excluded from his circle of friendship. Cameron had a real gift for giving his time for his friends and he served as a kind of bridge-of-friendship between all the diverse worlds in which he moved. Cameron didn't believe in enemies or strangers.
At the age of three, Cam's first love was baseball. He grew into an exceptional first baseman where every unfortunate base runner faced his pick-off glove with a resounding thwap! upside the helmet, regardless of whether the runner was safe or out. He always followed up with an encouraging comment, high five, or pat on the back, and a smile. Cameron firmly believed in treating everyone equally and with love. But his great love turned from the ball field to the stage where his beautiful singing voice and acting debuts captured the hearts of his audiences. These skills developed over the years from his church youth production beginnings, to elementary, junior, and senior high school choral, theater, and drama productions. Cameron never feared an audience and used his talents to brighten the lives around him through his uncanny wit, timely humor, and engaging demeanor. He was fiercely supportive of his brother, Nate, and dared to dream big dreams, both for himself and everyone he loved.
Cam's imagination profoundly balanced the edge of shock and humor, was eloquently, if not inappropriately, spontaneous, and often unfiltered. The trademark Cameron "grin" would always comfort people and let them know there was no harm intended but delivered an "I'm okay" takeaway with laughter and a high five. Cam had two speeds: wide open and stop. But through all the laughter, Cam suffered from depression. He tried to disguise his pain and put to use the deep empathy, love, and compassion generated from his own life's survival experiences to help as many other people as he could. In the end, he took his own life but he would have wanted everyone to know it was not the outcome he longed for. Cam's legacy is to treat everyone as equals, to love and respect each other, and to teach that it's okay to reach out for help when you or someone you know needs it. Just live life to the fullest, dream big, hug each other, and make someone smile every day. This is how Cam lived his life.
During his short time on Earth, Cam accomplished so much and touched so many people across the continent. He was born on the iron range in Hibbing, Minnesota, and at the age of four moved to Wabush-Labrador, Newfoundland, and finally to Boise to be closer to family and the Stanley-Sawtooth country of his family's roots. Cameron has taken up a new residence at God's side in Heaven, to carry on the mission he started on Earth; now an angel living in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he touched or has still to touch.
Cameron is survived by his parents and brother; his four grandparents, Bill and Sara Wilder; Cal Osborn; and Marie Osborn; a large tribe of loving uncles, aunts, and cousins to numerous to list; as well as the countless people he befriended.
A Celebration of Cameron's Life will be held at 6:00 pm. Monday, September 16, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4601 S Surprise Way, Boise.
Cam would have wanted memorial donations to be made to the Timberline High School Music and Drama Department to support the needs of this exceptional program that meant so much to his life. #LiveWilder!
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on Cam's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com