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Obituary for Chayse Michael Whiteman

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Chayse Michael Whiteman

September 19, 1989 - April 29, 2012

Chayse Michael WhitemanOGDEN-On April 29, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. the Greatest Man I ever knew, Chayse Michael Whiteman was taken from us in a terrible car accident that happened just as he was heading home from work to get some sleep and finish studying for finals. The lives of his family and friends will never be the same but, we are grateful for the wonderful memories we have of his much too short life. Chayse grew up in North Ogden and graduated from Weber High School in 2008. He played many sports but he had a true passion for baseball. Chayse had two mottos in life. The first was: “Don’t Wait to be Great” and the second was: “Get Busy Livin or Get Busy Dyin” and he lived both. He was always motivated. He filled every day with as much life as it could hold and took every opportunity to reach for greatness. His drive and determination earned him an academic scholarship to Utah State University where he was following his lifelong passion and love for athletics by perusing a degree in Sports Medicine. Chayse was a man blessed with a great family and many friends. He had a great sense of humor and some of our greatest memories of him will be the sound of his laugh, the way he never wore his hat quite centered on his head, and his love for Rage Against the Machine, Rap and Hip Hop music. Chayse, every life you touched will keep memories of you in their hearts forever. Those who will miss you the most are your parents, Mike Whiteman and Laura Valentine, your sisters: Tiffany Perry, Karlene Valentine, brother-in-law Dustin Perry and your grandparents, Dale Whiteman and Edna Balactar. Though we miss those who have gone before you we are glad your grandmother Kathryn Whiteman and your grandfather Walt Balactar, and your uncle Tim Balactar were there to catch you and keep you company. Instead of sending us flowers please take the time to do something nice for you and your family in honor of Chayse and remember every time you look into the eyes of your child that life is a blessing. Make sure that every moment you spend with them, and with those you love are the greatest moments of your life. Your world can change in an instant and when memories are all that’s left, be glad there are so many good ones to choose from. Son, you are the Greatest Man I ever knew. We will miss you more than words can say and our lives will never be the same without you. A celebration of life was held Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden.Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Chayse Michael Whiteman

Born: September 19, 1989
Died: April 29, 2012

Condolences for Chayse Michael Whiteman

Russ Houtz posted on 5/17/12

Mike,I am so sorry for your loss. I have been working out of town and just heard about the accident today. I know how much you loved your son and enjoyed spending time with him. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.Russ & Jolene Houtz


Sue & Bob Reiff posted on 5/12/12

Mike and Family - we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Riss posted on 5/11/12

I'll miss the quiet way Chayse presented himself in every situation. Although he was quiet, he was the first to befriend anybody in the room. He made my time worth while up in Logan and I'll never, ever forget the amazing friendship we created. He's an irreplaceable friend. No one could ever amount to the dedication and motivation he held while he lived his short life. I'll miss him everyday and I only hope to live like Chayse did; in content, happiness and generosity. He was a true example of what a man should be like.I'll miss my friend everyday. I love you, Chayse.


Amy Warner Bates posted on 5/9/12

Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray that God comforts you during this time. It sounds like he must have been alot like you, filled with life. He looks exactly as I remember you. Take care!Amy Warner Bates


Rick, Kathleen & Katlin Brandt posted on 5/9/12

Mike, we are very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers


Tony Alvarado Sr. posted on 5/9/12

I am so so Sorry for Your Loss. Chayse has an Awesome Father. Praying for you and your Family Brother Whiteman. Keep Trusting Jesus with all of your Heart, Soul and Mind. I am asking my Heavenly Father to give you and your Family a peace that passes all understanding by the Power of the Holy Spirit.


Cole Spicker posted on 5/8/12

I didn't know Chayse extremely well, but from the few times we talked, I could tell he was a great and intelligent kid, as well as a stellar athlete. What a terrible loss and tragedy. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. It's always so difficult to find words that might bring comfort to those closest to him; my hope is that his family can -- in time -- find peace and comfort in knowing that Chayse positively influenced countless lives throughout his own.


Mark and Louise Hilliard posted on 5/7/12

Mike and Laura - We apologize for not writing sooner but we have been out of town and saw Chayse's Obituary in the paper tonight when we returned.Chayse was such a wonderful person and our entire family is so fortunate to have known Chayse. As parents our hearts go out to you, I can't imangine what you are going through, but our thoughts and prayers are with you.I just let Stephen know and he is devastated. Chayse was a true friend to him.Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mark, Louise, Stephen, Michael, and Kristine Hilliard


Kolynn posted on 5/4/12

Mike, I am very sorry to learn of the passing of your son. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Kolynn


Marion Kapp posted on 5/3/12

Laura and Mike and girls, Scott, Joni, Allan and I are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful young man that chayse has become. I can still remember when he was a baby and Joni used to babysit for you. He was such a happy little boy and him and Karlene used to play together. She could get him to laugh so loud he had such a cute giggle.


Dayle Stewart posted on 5/3/12

Our hearts have been so heavy all week, thinking of you guys. Such a terrible tragedy... I always loved running into Chayse, whether at the gym, or at the Raptor games while he was working, he always had a smile and would talk to me. He was a great young man, a reflection of his good mother and his father! He was always positive and happy, always. I can't imagine just how difficult this time is for you guys, just know that you will see him again someday! He wants you to be happy! We love you and pray for you... Love, The Stewart's


Coach Rawlins posted on 5/3/12

The thing I will always remember about Chayse is that he was a TEAM player. I loved coaching Chayse because of this reason. He always did what was best for the team and not just himself. He is the most unselfish, kind, and giving young man and he will truly be missed. My heart was broken when I heard the news. He has touched so many lives with mine being one.


Darcy Myers posted on 5/3/12

Mike and family :I wish I could have gotten to know Chayse better, but the little bit that I do know and reading all the things said about him, he was special. I admired him for his intelligence, perserverance, and the quiet, sweet way he held himself. I will never know your pain fully, but as a parent I can only imagine. I do know he has a great family and friends who love and support him, what a blessing you all were to him. I have no doubt that we live on and meet our loved ones after we pass on. Chayse and Katherine are probably enjoying a reunion. I hope you w know how many people are hurting for you and have you in their prayers and thoughts. With sincerity and love, Darcy, Neil, Chace, Dane and Jake


The Ferguson Family posted on 5/3/12

Mike, Laura and family - we are so deeply saddened to hear the news of Chayse's tragic passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that each of you are in our every thought and prayer. Thank you so much for sharing Chayse with us - we truly enjoyed watching him grow into such a fine young man. Although it has been awhile since we spent time together it seems as if it were just the other day that he wheeled into the driveway ... he left a positive and lasting impression on all who knew him. Please take comfort in knowing that he was loved by so many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Bill and Terrie


Cole Hansen posted on 5/2/12

Chayse was a stud and everyone knew it. He was always chill and a great friend to both be around and to have. I knew Chayse from sports mostly, growing up on the basketball court, football field, and baseball field was a blast, especially having Chayse there on your team. Freak, he even tore up the mountain, I remember going up to Brighton with him and Mike. He was bad! Love you Chayse, you're a balla, I'll always remember you and your strong character!


Chelsie Womack posted on 5/2/12

I remember meeting Chayse in math 1010 this last fall. There was one day before class where I had a question on an assignment and he was the only one in the room, I was scared to talk to him because I didn't want him to think I was weird. He didn't, and we hit it off right away. We became very good friends after that. About a week later we found out that we had family finance together as well. If it wasn't for Chayse I would have failed math again and if it wasn't for me, he would have failed family finance! Haha he would always fall asleep in class so he would look at my notes and study with me Chayse was a great guy, he was always there for me when no one else was. He offered to carry me to class one day because it was cold and my knees hurt really bad haha. He was just the sweetest guy I had ever met. He will always have a place in my heart as one of my dear friends.


Ashley Tower posted on 5/2/12

Mike, I went home and hugged my boy's today because of the things that you said. Although I didn't know Chayse I have heard you talk about him many times and I know that you two were the best friends. I have been constantly thinking about you and your family for days now, I am so sorry for your loss.


China Barnes posted on 5/2/12

While I was a friend from far away, I always admired his strength. I would assume that strength runs in the family. I am not religious, but my prayers are with you in this unfair time. xoxoxo


Brandt Stewart posted on 5/2/12

Of all the memories i have with Chayse between football, baseball, the gym and going to other games togethetr the thing that sticks out more than anything is what an awesome person he was. No matter what the circumstance was he would always work his hardest with a smile on his face. I don't think I ever heard him complain. He was always happy and would give you the shirt off his back.White-man, you were an example to us all. You will be missed!!


Bahy Rahimzadegan posted on 5/2/12

Chayse,I remember coming up to Logan to hang out with my brother. That is the first time I met you. You had this little laugh, that even if I wasn't going to laugh it made me laugh. I hadn't seen you for quite a while after that. Then you started hanging out with us in Ogden. You joined our softball team. Everytime we hung out, I always had a good time, I know me and everyone else had nothing bad to say about you. Everytime I see a Raptors hat it always made me think of you. I wanted one so bad, yet I never went to get one. Finally after seeing you for the 10th time with it on I finally went and got one. Every time I wear it I thought of you. You always wore it with the front brim pulled way down, smiling, with a little laugh here and there. I'll never forget our times together, our times at our SLC house, riding in your car (you always liked to make your BOV go off) , the time at your dads when we were talking about music how me and you like the Ice Cube War album. Ha Ha the time you asked if I had heard that new Lil Wayne mixtape which had been out for months(me and Tone always teased you about that, usually was the first thing I said to you). I will always remember you as the strong willed person you were. I was so proud of you while you were working and going to school. I will never stop being proud of you. You are one of those people who come into your life, and never forget.-Get busy living or get busy dying-Forever FriendsBahy


Kavon Rahimzadegan posted on 5/2/12

Chayse,There are so many different words that I could use to describe you, but using just one wouldn't explain who you are. You were one of the hardest working people I know. You had your goals, and you were going to make sure you did everything to achieve them. You were nice to every person you met, even if you didn't know them. You put a smile on everyone's face that you were around, including mine. Specifically when you would say a joke, you would follow it with a little 'giggle' that just transmitted a smile onto my face. I will forever hold onto the memories that we shared, and look forward to the day we meet again."Get busy livin or get busy dyin"Love ya guy,Kavon Rahimzadegan