Sean Thayne
1986 - 2017
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Sean Zacharey Thayne
1986 - 2017
Sean Thayne, born 8/25/1986 at Fairchild AFB, WA, gave his life trying to rescue a mother and child in the Provo River on May 29, 2017. A loving, brave and selfless man, Sean had a keen mind. At 6'3", he looked over and looked out for his loved ones. Truly a student of the world, he loved to learn and share his knowledge and advice with his family and friends, travel, meet new people and was a gentle but persistent teacher who cared deeply for his family. He believed that every person's life was a gift, and that nothing is ever impossible. Because he respected women greatly, Sean was a protector of his wife, mother, sister and sisters in law. He loved spending time with his father and pulled his brothers into all of his explorations and adventures. He was a self-taught computer programmer, carpenter, and mechanic with a hunger for history and politics.
He is survived by his wife Xin Li (Poppy) Thayne who he referred to as his walking diamond, his parents Troy and Pauline Thayne, sister Chelcie (James) Gentry, brothers Stephan (Alyssa) Thayne, Kameron (Holly) Thayne and Darien (Rachel) Thayne, father in law Jinbo Li, mother in law Jinju Cheng, sister in law Yang Li, cousin Ming Chen, grandparents Paul & Nadine Lovell, Patricia Sorrells, and Gladys Thayne. He is preceded in death by grandfathers David B. Thayne and Robert Haycock.
A viewing will be held at Broomhead Funeral Home 12600 S 2200 W Riverton UT on Friday June 2, 6-8 pm and Sat 9-10:45. Services start at 11:00 am at Broomhead Funeral Home. www.broomheadfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Jun. 1 to Jun. 2, 2017.
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December 6, 2019
Came to this site when I was having issues with one of the software he was supporting (Playground Sessions). I read that in 2017 the lead developer tragically died trying to save a drowning child. 2 years after his heroic death, they still could not find someone good enough to take over what he left behind. How selfless he must have been to give his life to a complete stranger. I never knew you bro but I salute you. Prayers go to you and your former company so that they can hopefully pick up the pieces and learn to grow again from where you got off. Prayers go out also to your family especially your loving father whose tweets and messages about you are heartbreaking. May he learn to finally end his grief and embrace the life and legacy that you left behind. God bless
Dude
February 6, 2019
I miss you so much and thought about you today.
These past 2 years have been so hard without you
SABRINA BRADSHAW
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more Photos that help you see his beautiful transformation from childhood to adulthood
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October 7, 2018
I miss you Son. We are trying our best to live without you. Because your loved out loud I still can hear what you might say so I can sometimes hear what you think about things. You left an impact on every one you cared about. Where ever you are with what power you have help your Mother, your Sister and Brothers keep going on strong. If anyone can help beyond this mortal life you can. I love you so much Son your loving Mother and Father for always.
Troy and Pauline
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May 28, 2018
I personally dont know Sean, but what an amazing, selfless, man. Im so very sorry for your family loss, but be reassured he has a special place in heaven and his love is forever. He will be near you always.
Gloria Staples
August 17, 2017
With you Birthday coming soon I've read these comments for the first time so many that only knew of how you died and call you a hero. I recented that word hero because it came with your death but looking at you from the world's perspective you are. I miss you son more than any words can ever be ecpressed so I just cry tonight missing you so much. If I had to explain to a stranger what Sean Zachary Thayne is to me I would say the greatest Moral Compass I've had guide me. Your leap and hard work is over for you, rest my son I'm keeping your well intentioned act and ultimate sacrifice ongoing and together we will save lives.
Sweet dreams SuperSeanBoy I know as you often told your beautiful mother "you got this" you're going to handle the next world just fine it's our world right now that is so lost without you're light. To end on somewhat upbeat saying you would appreciate.

"We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from the past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience" George Washington Sean favorite.autobigrapher

I Love you Son , Your Father
Troy Thayne
June 8, 2017
Selfless human being and example for all. I did not know you, but am humbled by your sacrifice. Prayers to your family and friends.
MJ
June 5, 2017
Truly heartbreaking and what a tremendous loss...but such a brave courageous man. To the Dear Wife, Parents, Siblings and Family of Sean..I am so very sorry and heartbroken for you to read about the passing of your beloved Sean to the tragedies of this world. What a great loss to human kind....and it just doesn't seem right. May you seek Our Lord and Savior for guidance. My heartfelt condolences to all who knew this exceptionally brave heroic man. PSALM 147:3
~ Elizabeth, a stranger who cares
June 5, 2017
What an amazing human being --- . May he Rest In Peace. And may the great memories you have with Sean bring you peace and comfort
Sherry
June 5, 2017
We are saddened by the loss of one of God's children trying to save the life of another. I am a close friend of Sean's aunt's in Texas and I am not surprised by his selfless act. The Thayne family has gone through tragedy but will not let that stop them from living and giving. They are truly an inspiration for all.
Sheryl Coleman
June 5, 2017
Sean sounds like an AMAZING man. What a selfless act, that he would risk his own life to save a child he has never met. He is the type of person we should all strive to be like, and is truly a hero. His pure love has spread around the Nation, and is what brought to this page to pay my respects. Sending love and prayers from San Antonio, Texas. God bless all the families involved.
Lorelei E
June 3, 2017
Sean gave the ultimate gift, his life. May the good Lord bless his wife, family and friends during this very trying time.
June 3, 2017
Sending our love to the family and thinking of all of you.
Anita Felix
June 2, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I didn't know him but he died giving his life for someone else and that has caught the attention of the world. I know his heroic act was watched by a loving Heavenly Father and that he is being cared for beyond our imagination in the eternal world above by Him. May his family be comforted in this time. My heartfelt condolences to you all especially his wife.
Dan Hobbs
June 2, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful person to his family. He is a true hero and laid down his life to try and save another. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. What an amazing person he must have been.
Melanie K
June 2, 2017
I pray that I will raise my son to be half the man Sean is.
June 2, 2017
I knew Sean in high school. Good kid and turned out to be an even better man.
Our prayers go out to his loved ones.
Cassidy Pratt
June 2, 2017
I didn't know Sean but I think I would have wanted to! Wow, what a true hero!
June 2, 2017
Our sincere condolences for everyone involved. In our eyes he is a big unforgettable hero.

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...


We are strangers to you, but you are very well known through the community after the love you have shown a total stranger.
Ron and Rita Winmill
June 2, 2017
Wow. What an incredible person. I am so deeply saddened by this tragedy. What a hero Sean was to do what he did. Love and prayers to his family and friends.
Ember Hunt
June 2, 2017
One of Gods Angels.RIP Sean
Maggie Quinn
Friend
June 2, 2017
What a wonderful person Sean must have been. Deepest sympathy to his family. RIP Sean.
Diane Stokes
June 2, 2017
HERO!!!!!

God Bless.
Lu O.
June 2, 2017
May god bless you and your family, thank you for your selfless act of kindness. You are a true diamond ! Carry-on gods work up in heaven . Sending prayers.
Jennifer Lewis
June 2, 2017
This Man is a Hero in my book.
June 2, 2017
I was touched by Sean's willingness to put himself in danger trying to save others. I'm so sorry that it cost him his life- it is a great loss! God bless your family.
Leah Cooke
June 2, 2017
A beautiful soul! "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Sid Boyle
June 1, 2017
God has a special place for people like you Sean. I didn't know you in this life, but look forward to shaking your hand in the next. You possess a truly amazing thing, the pure love of Christ. That is indeed a rare thing these days. I admire you more than my words can state.
June 1, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Sean, you are a true hero, and an inspiration to all! Thank you for your selfless sacrifice for that little girl. The world could use more kind spirits like yourself.
Sharon Braun
June 1, 2017
Sending love & light for your beautiful soul and all your Beloveds. May Angels comfort all who were blessed to know your light. Peace & Grace to you & yours sweet Sean
June 1, 2017
There are no words in this world that could describe the heartache of losing this amazing man. Thayne family all my love and positive vibes are with you in this unimaginable time. Fly high our hero<3
Nicole Larson
June 1, 2017
You're a true, selfless hero. Rest in peace, Sean.
June 1, 2017
To Sean's family may Gods love help you through this time of heart break.

I do not know your husband, son but he was a gift to you all and it is so sad that these three lives were taken at such a young age.

May you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Kay Wells
June 1, 2017
God bless you, sweet soul! You will always be loved and remembered...
S. Nelson
June 1, 2017
Sean, You are a example of what every man should be....a Son, Brother, Uncle, Grandson, Husband and a HERO.....You will be missed dearly....May God bless you and your Family in this time of need!! Remember you and your LOVED ones always..
Amber Arrant
June 1, 2017
I didn't know you, but you are a true hero in every sense of the word.
Phil Bubnis
June 1, 2017
From a deeply appreciative admirer: Thank you!! I don't know you or your family but thank you for proving there are still legitimate heroes out there. I wish the very best for your loved ones.
June 1, 2017
Sean you are loved and will be missed. You are an example of what man should be and a hero. I pray for your family and friends.
Rob Arrrant
June 1, 2017
No greater love hath a man, than he lay down his life for another!
June 1, 2017
He was an amazing individual. He is missed dearly and was loved by many. Love you cousin and rest easy. Forever in my heart
Sabrina Bradshaw
May 31, 2017
Sean is a TRUE HERO
Jack Rahilly
May 31, 2017
What a wonderful man. You are truly a hero Sean. Thank you for trying to save a little girl. My prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow.
Esther Kinder
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