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DEATH: SKYLER MATTHEW HOLMES

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On January 12, 1987, our family welcomed a blue-eyed wonder named Skyler.

He grew into a delightful ball of energy who loved cucumbers, planting flowers with Grandma, collecting football cards with his dad, the Jazz, and just being a kid.Since 1992, he has shown more courage and determination than most adults display in a lifetime, with his fight to defeat the cancer that invaded him. Rarely complaining, he took it in stride and touched many hearts along the way. He loved to tell jokes and often sang songs to his little brother at bedtime, often putting himself to sleep instead. Our lives were forever changed on December 30, 1994, when he lost his fight and peacefully went to sleep one last time. We were given almost eight years of memories that will forever be in our hearts.

His spirit lovingly lives on in those left behind: father and stepmother, Steve and Annette Holmes; mother and stepfather, Michelle and Bob Mathewson; and little brother, Shayd; grandparents, Jackie and Mike Shovan, Alona and Jerry Ercanbrack, Shirley and Robert Mathewson; and great-grandmother, Bertha Anderson, all of Salt Lake; grandfather, Fred Holmes and great-grandparents, Marva and Vernon Schmid, of Kalispell, Montana. Preceded in death by grandfather, Bruce Dalley.

Loved by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, especially his best buddy, Uncle Travis (Terri) Dalley and great-aunt, Kimber (Gary) Smart.

We would like to thank Dr. Claugh Shelton for giving us hope, the Oncology team at Primary Children's Hospital and the 3rd floor nurses, and the support of our friends who rallied with our joyous moments and cried in our defeats. A special thank you to Sherry Hone and Dr. Kenneth Finlayson.

Family and friends may attend a viewing at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 South 1700 East, in Sandy, on Saturday, December 31, from 12-2 p.m., followed by graveside services.

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