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Obituary: Colton Ben Berger

Colton Ben Berger 1989 ~ 2006 "Keep the Candles Lit" Our loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend died tragically on January 28th of an accidental drug overdose. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. Born April 8, 1989, we enjoyed his company for nearly 17 years. He was always the "jokester" whose quick wit entertained us all. He loved telling a good joke (and a bad one); it seemed daily he prepared a good practical joke. He had an extremely intelligent mind and studied many different issues in depth. He was a junior at Cottonwood High School and attended Oxford Learning Center for his mathematics studies. Most recently, he was accepted into the Certified Nurse Assistant program and had great aspirations of being a nurse and helping people. He was a very caring person who was always there to help others with their problems. He loved music and was an accomplished drummer. We will miss the beating of his drums and the entertainment they provided. He had a large collection of CD's that he proudly played, moving from song to song and disk to disk to entertain himself and his friends. He had a very tender heart and loved animals. He always loved up the family pets and showed them great affection. In January of this year, his love for animals recently took him to Tanzania for a picture safari on the Serengeti plains with his parents. It provided him the opportunity to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos and everything else you can imagine. Why the hyena was his favorite animal, we will never know. We appreciate the love others gave him and ask that we put a smile on our faces when we think of him; after all he did like making people laugh. He is survived by his mother and father David and Debbie Berger, sister Breeann Berger, brother in-law-to-be Lance Ashton and son Riley. He is also survived by his grandparents Elmer and Nelda Berger, many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will have a private burial service, but wish to invite friends and family to a celebration of Colton's life on Thursday, February 2nd from 6-8 p.m. at Willow Creek Country Club located at 8505 Willow Creek Dr. Come prepared to grieve and laugh together and have your opportunity to make a few comments. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you send donations on his behalf to any drug prevention program of your choice.