This is my brother's obituary. I'm reposting it here, but removing all last names as this blog is basically anonymous. So if anyone thinks it is different, that is why.
Gordon, 48, of Lehi, Utah died Friday, March 16, 2012, after a short battle with leukemia. Gordon was born in1963 in Boise, Idaho, the fourth son and sixth child of Loren and Carolyn. He graduated from Kuna High School, attended Boise State University, and graduated from DeVry University with a B.S. in Computer Programming. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anaheim, California. Gordon married his sweetheart Dixie and their blended family included one daughter and five sons. He worked for NuSkin as a software programmer and analyst.
One of Gordon’s greatest skills was his ability to serve others and make and develop lasting friendships. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved working with the youth. His fellow choir members and Primary class will miss him. He was so proud of his two sons, Tyler and Trenton, who are currently serving missions.
He is survived by his wife Dixie, and his children, Brianna, Brandon (Janie), Curtis, Tyler, Sean, and Trenton; his mother, Carolyn; and his siblings, Sylvia (Greg), Melinda (Dan), Brian (Pauline), Edwin (Julie), and Mary (Barry). He is also survived by his sister-in-law Sue (widow of Clarence). He will be missed by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father Loren, his brother Clarence, and his mother-in-law Darlene, with whom he is having a wonderful reunion. His first granddaughter is expected in July and he will be the first to meet her.
Viewings will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, March 19 at Wing Morturary, 118 East Main, Lehi and from 10:00 to 10:45 am, Tuesday before the funeral service. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in the Cedar Hollow Stake building, 2178 N 1200 E., Lehi, Utah.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful medical staff at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
I'm too numb to write. Too sad, mad and cranky to wax poetic. My heart hurts. I hate having to say goodbye to family members. Could we just have a year with no funerals, please?