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Michael John van Rij, 16, died August 3, 1995 while doing what he enjoyed - hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Born January 17, 1979 in West Valley City, Utah, son of Daniel and Patricia Ann Cimmers van Rij. Member of LDS Church. He loved sports, especially wrestling and the track team, and the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing. He was very outgoing and made friends easily.Survived by parents; five brothers and two sisters, Daniel Neil, Jennifer Ann, Joshua Jacob, Matthew Paul, Nathan William, Stephen Mark and Jessie Patricia, all of West Jordan; grandfather, Robert H. Cimmers, Salt Lake City. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Mountain Shadows 3rd Ward, 3200 West 8199 South. Friends may call Monday, 5-8 p.m. at McDougal West Jordan Mortuary, 1861 West 7800 South and Tuesday at the church one hour prior to services. Interment, Valley View Memorial Park.

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