Brendan Clayne Thompson Brendan Clayne Thompson returned home to his loving Father in Heaven on Thursday, October 10, 2002 after courageously fighting Neuroblastoma for two and one-half years. Brendan was born on December 20, 1996, the oldest of three children to Kyle and Kathryn Thompson. He was a bright, tenderhearted boy who loved life and learning. He graduated from Miss Fidge's Preschool in 2002 and attended kindergarten at Woodstock Elementary, when he felt well enough to go. He taught himself how to ride a bike. He enjoyed digging in the dirt and having lightsaber competitions with his cousins and friends. He loved animals, Harley motorcycles, and anything that was soft to the touch. He played on soccer, basketball and baseball teams. Because of his love for baseball, he was granted a Make-A-Wish to San Francisco where he met baseball home run leader Barry Bonds. He enjoyed spending time at Grampa's barn in Ephraim where he liked to ride "Tank the horse". He loved to go camping with his family and fishing with his daddy. Above all, he loved to spend time with his family and friends. He loved them dearly, especially his sisters. He was a fighter and had the spirit of a true champion. He never complained about any of his medical treatments or pain, and continually amazed everyone by his strength and determination to overcome his illness even until the end. He blessed and enriched the lives of all those who knew him. His pain and suffering have taught us how to live with faith, hope and charity. Through all of our tears and heartaches, we have found some of our greatest joy! We would like to thank the many people who loved and helped us constantly for the last two and one-half years, especially the staff at Primary Children's Hospital and IHC Home Care. Brendan had the best and most loving care possible. Brendan is survived by his parents and his two younger sisters, Lauren and Adriana; his Grandparents, Jay and Enid Thompson and Robert and Sharon Steensma; his Great Grandma, Martha Steensma; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 14, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. in the Salt Lake Little Cottonwood Stake Center, 1160 East Vine Street. Friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment, Elysian Burial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Primary Children's Medical Center, or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah, in Brendan's name.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Oct. 13, 2002