Deegan Tyler Wills

Deegan Tyler Wills, 7, of Great Falls, was born May 5, 2005, in Great Falls and died April 17, 2013, at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane.

Deegan's life celebration is 2 p.m. Saturday at Paris Gibson School Gymnasium, 2400 Central Ave., with a reception to follow in the cafeteria. There will be a private visitation room available for guests at 1p.m.

Deegan was a loving, gregarious boy who absolutely loved all sports, both watching and playing. He was a champion Rug Rat Wrestler, an exceptional football player with the Salvation Army Flag Football League and a gifted baseball player on one of the Americans' teams. Deegan attended Lincoln Elementary School. He loved his teacher and classmates and had a passion for learning. He had just completed his Wolf rank in Pack 7 and loved the outdoors. Fishing, camping and playing in the water were some of his favorite summer activities. He loved jumping off the cliffs at the Sluice Boxes State Park and playing at the beach at White Bear. He was a world traveler and had visited California, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Maine, Washington, Thailand, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria. He recently enjoyed a trip to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, The Aquarium of the Pacific, Medieval Times and Santa Ana Zoo, where he had the time of his life. He also loved visiting Chico Hot Springs regularly. Last summer he experienced white water rafting, spelunking at Lewis and Clark Caverns and visiting the Museum of the Rockies. In his short life, he rode an elephant, petted a shark, held a snake, ate lots of sushi, toured castles, went on safari and lived life to the fullest. Deegan was looking forward to the upcoming baseball season and planned on running three miles in the Ice Breaker Fun Run. His future goals were to wrestle for Great Falls High and play football for the Griz. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his mother, Lori Wills of Great Falls; sister, Cameron Fuentez of Great Falls; grandparents, Ed and Nancy Wills of Great Falls; grandparents, Hector and Esther Fuentez of Bakersfield, Calif.; great-grandmother, Chava Fuentez of Bakersfield; aunts and uncles, Dale Wills of Berlin, Germany; Tracy Wills of San Diego, Calif.; Doug and Janette Conley of Great Falls; Carla Wills of Great Falls; cousins, Lindsey Conley of Great Falls; Demiray Almy of Miami; Kirsten Wills of Great Falls; Jaron Wills of San Diego; Talyna Conley of Great Falls; and many other loving friends and family, including Hector Fuentez.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmothers, Anne Tadej and Phyllis Padilla.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: Rug Rats Wrestling, in care of Brian Miller, 3104 4th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59405; Salvation Army Flag Football League, P.O. Box 2585, Great Falls, MT 59403, Great Falls American Little League, P.O. Box 7526, Great Falls, MT 59406 or; Life Center, Atten: Arlene, 11245 Southeast 6th Street, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98004. Please include: In memory of Deegan Wills with your donation.

Arrangements are being handled by O'Connor Funeral Home.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 26, 2013