Christian Alexander Terry
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Christian Alexander Terry, 28, our ray of sunshine, unexpectedly left this mortal existence on Sunday morning, May 5. We were so blessed to have him choose to stay with our earthly family for more than six years after a near fatal car accident, in September of 2012, left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. Yet, Christian understood more than most, and said volumes to those who chose to listen. Through this trial he taught us to be better individuals. He taught us to love unconditionally, the importance of family, faith, patience, enduring to the end, serving others, and so much more. He was the epitome of strength and courage. Like his dad has said of the past few years, “Christian has been on loan to us from Heaven.”
Christian was born on September 12, 1990, to Rich and Merilee Terry, the second oldest of four sons. He grew up dirt biking and seemingly fearless to try any new extreme sport. When he decided he wanted to do something, he would do it well. Christian was an avid photographer winning various awards for his gift to see life through the lens of his camera (always a Canon). He was a graduate of Provo High School and was attending Utah Valley University, majoring in photo journalism, at the time of his accident. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christian faithfully served in the Baton Rouge Louisiana Mission, Spanish speaking, from 2010-2012. He developed a strong testimony and a deep love for our Savior as well as for the people and yearned to visit the countries of Honduras and El Salvador from which many he taught had come.
Christian loved his family. His “pops” and him were best buds, enjoying daily driving adventures. Christian was a self-admitted “momma’s boy.” Watching movies or simply “hanging out” with each of his brothers, Samuel, Zac, and James (Ashley), were truly the highlights he enjoyed. Christian also had a very special relationship with his grandparents and will forever be his grandpa’s hero.
Christian loved his friends. Throughout the years, Christian enjoyed so many treasured friendships. He cared deeply for others and was an intent listener. The “trifecta” (Christian, Eric, and Skyler) were inseparable. He looked forward to weekly visits from his best friend Eric (and Rachel), and their son, his namesake, “Baby Christian.” In addition, we were given the privilege of meeting numerous individuals, all of whom have positively impacted our family. From his doctors, to his speech therapist (Megan) to his physical therapist (Willy), and all of his daily PT assistants, to these friends, we are express our deepest gratitude for loving and believing in our Christian. He worked hard every single day, and together we witnessed scores of miracles as Christian continued to progress in ways never thought possible.
Christian was our bright light, a true example of Christ’s love. His eyes sparkled and his smile lit up the room. Despite his physical limitations, he woke up happy every morning and would find joy and laughter in the simplest of circumstances. Countless individuals, sometimes complete strangers, have commented on his strong, palpable spirit. Christian touched the hearts of so many.
Although his passing leaves us all with crater-sized holes in our hearts, we have indeed, been blessed beyond measure. We are comforted that he is free from his crippled body and pain. We know he is certainly up to the crazy antics he so loved, and is talking the ears off his heavenly family members and friends.
Christian leaves behind his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, James and Ashley Terry, nephew and niece, Bradley and Braelynn Terry, his brothers ’Zac’harias and Samuel Terry, his maternal grandparents, Richard and Rhoda Zobell, his paternal grandparents, Keith and Ann Terry, and a favorite uncle, Jimmy Ogren. Christian is also survived by loads of aunts, uncles, and cousins, all who dearly loved him. He was greeted in Heaven by several family members who went before him including his Uncle Gus Roundy, Uncle Justin Terry, Grandpa Farrell Roundy, Great-Grandma Zina Ogren, Uncle Doug Ogren, and Aunt Sammy Ogren.
A celebration of Christian’s life will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, May 10 at the Grandview Stake Center, 1122 Grand Avenue, Provo, Utah, with a visitation from 9:45-10:45 am. Also, a visitation will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 N, Orem, Utah. Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah.
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