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Sean Paul Herrick

February 17, 1988 - July 29, 2014

Sean Paul Herrick
February 17, 1988 – July 29, 2014
Sean passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at U of U Hospital Burn Unit surrounded by his loved ones. Sean was born February 17, 1988 in Ogden, Utah to Steve Herrick and Cherie Atencio.
Sean was a very special person with a true and sincere heart. Most of you that knew him could sense that. Sean has always struggled with feeling loved or accepted by others and also trusting in the validity of his own salvation. He worried that the disorder, addiction, and fears that he battled each and every day had somehow affected his personal relationship with Jesus. He kept associating his failures to his salvation, and could not grasp that God had accomplished his salvation years ago, and that it had nothing to do with his struggles and failures.
By God’s undeniable grace and mercy, He has been confirming to Sean these past few weeks that he is in God’s hands and his salvation is secure.
It has been such a blessing for our family and really anyone that he spent time with him this last little while to see this true sense of peace, joy and contentment play out in his life. God’s grace and love is more than we can put into words. Sean spoke about it often and how it was so evident that God was working so powerfully in his life in these past few weeks. He had written in his journal on July 29th that he was filled with such a sense of gratitude and love for others, and that he had been granted the peace in finally knowing and believing that others truly loved him (including God), this was one of the things he struggled with the most in his life.
There is a passage in the Bible that says “Absent from the body-present with the Lord”. God has granted us all who are left behind the certainty of Sean’s salvation and where he is right now, with no more pain, fear or struggles that he tried so hard to overcome.
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” Romans 3:22

Surviving is his Father Steve Herrick (Bonnie), Mother Cherie Atencio, siblings Ryan Herrick, Kayli (Sean) Rivera, Jaden (Misty) Herrick, Sam Herrick, Sophia Herrick, Grandmother’s Carolyn Conterno and Norma Kier. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and niece, and so many friends.
A “Life Celebration” service will be held Friday, August 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., family will meet friends one hour prior to services at Alpine Church, 5050 S 1275 W, Riverdale.
In lieu of flowers please make donation to “Hands Across the Boarders” at Alpine Church, Riverdale Campus.
Thank you all for your support at this very difficult time.
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Arrangements under the directions of Leavitt’s Mortuary


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Alpine Church-Riverdale Campus


5050 S 1275 W, , Riverdale, UT,

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Born: February 17, 1988
Died: July 29, 2014

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Mistie Owens posted on 10/5/14

To the family of Sean Paul Herrick: I just found out today from my son AJ who was a very good friend (and former roommate in Teen Challenge, Reno as well as in California) of Sean's passing. What heartbreak! I met him briefly in those two locations, and much of what I knew about Sean was through AJ. I came to become fond of Sean, and always wished him well, prayed for him and cheered for him. I also loved his eyes and brilliant smile. Yes, I am sad that Sean has passed on, but I rejoice with all the heavenly hosts that he is now in the presence of Jesus and all others who welcomed him home in Heaven on July 29th. With this very late note of condolence, I pray for Sean's entire family and send my deepest sympathies for your loss. My heart is heavy for you. With hugs and in Christ, Mistie


Linda G Skeen posted on 8/10/14

Steve & family, Our thoughts, & sympathy are with you during this sad time. Linda & Dave Skeen


Cherie Atencio (His Mom) posted on 8/9/14

My heart is so full of love today. To see and feel the love that people had for my son yesterday at his Life Celebration, is so very over whelming. So many people that I wanted to spend time with but couldn't, so many stories that were told. The hundreds of hugs and prayers truly sustained me through the day. My family and friends are so precious to me. Thank you so much for being here for me and the rest of my family, The Herrick and Kier family included. I will miss you so much Sean. Thank you for touching my life as well as so many more.


Russell Baldwin posted on 8/7/14

"Hey", I knew your son: I've looked into those eyes many times. When he entered a room everything changed; what a presence. We work a spiritual program, and THERE, he was in his element. He was a very caring and attentive as to the difficulties of others, yet seemed to be searching for something in particular. Sometimes completely immersed in thought all his own, he was quick to return and pick up the ball as though he had never left at all. He was (he is) a truly special person. No worries, he will do well. I didn't know he was yours! Russell Baldwin


Diana Sewell posted on 8/7/14

We did not know Sean but we were so sad to hear about your son. No parent should have to go through this terrible ordeal. May God be with you and your family and comfort all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ron & Diana Sewell


DEB JONES posted on 8/7/14

My heart breaks for your great loss. Sean's kind loving heart has touched many lives and will always be remembered along with his sweet smile. May God love and protect him and his family as he watches over you now. Feel his loving presence and peace as he embraces you and your family now and forever more.


Karen Leibowitz posted on 8/5/14

My thoughts and prayers are with Sean's family and friends at this sad time. Even though Sean had his struggles he was a great young man. I always enjoyed his company, help, sense of humor when he would come over and spend time with my son. How that boy could eat and stay so skinny. I saw Sean thru so many struggles but he always tried to endur and have a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.


Fawn Swenson Roeseler posted on 8/5/14

Steve and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Having all the great memories will help you smile again. My prayers are with you.


Fawn Swenson Roeseler posted on 8/5/14

Steve and family so heartbreaking to hear of your loss. No words can fill the void you will endure. Reach for the happy memories you have all made and find your smiles. Prayers are with you all.


Jazmyn Johnson posted on 8/4/14

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so very grateful that I had the privilege of getting to know your son. He always had such a caring heart. He has always been a true friend. It breaks my heart to hear that he is no longer with us, but I know that heavenly father has welcomed him home with open arms. There is a quote that I once heard that helps me in times such as this and truly makes me think of Sean at this moment. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” ~John Taylor. I know that Sean will forever be in my heart, and the hearts of many of his friends and family.


Pat Monson posted on 8/4/14

Dearest Cherie, I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful son, Sean. Please know that I am with you in spirit and praying for some sort of peace for you now. I know that God is with you and your family and Sean is in His arms. I miss and love you...Pat


Patty and Keith McComsey posted on 8/4/14

Steve, Bonnie and family we were saddened to hear about your Sean.Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Sean is in a better place resting in the arms of his Lord and Savior! We weep for you all, but rejoice in the knowledge of the peace that surpasses all understanding. May God comfort you as only He can. We love you Patty and Keith


Tom & Marina Koehler posted on 8/4/14

We wish to send our most sincere sympathy to your entire family. We cry with you, but also rejoice with you at the peace and freedom Sean now experiences in the presence of his Lord Jesus.


Kipp Dahl posted on 8/4/14

Steve, my sincere condolence. We can't, at times understand God's will, nor question it. Sean's at peace. I pray peace for you. Your friend Kipp


Teresa Gonzalez posted on 8/3/14

Sean, I always thought of you as such a sweet soul. You were always so kind when I saw you. I will miss you.... Love Teresa


Dawna Bean Hendricks posted on 8/3/14

From the day Sean was born his presence filled the room. The sparkle in his eyes and pure love that he has had for all that knew him was unwavering. Sean's compassion and love will be missed each and every day! We love you Sean ~ Cherie, Steve, Bonnie and family, you are in my prayers with love ~


Lori Herrick Weaver posted on 8/3/14

Steve - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Addiction is such a terrible disease as we know from our own family tree. Please know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. It has been said that God never gives us more than what we can handle, but it is good to know that God is there to help us handle it.


Carolyn Conterno posted on 8/3/14

Sean was my first Grandson and what a delight it was to have him in our family, He was smart, funny and very appreciative of the very smallest endeavor. We have all struggled with him and know he is where he has wanted to be for a long time He leaves a big hole in our hearts. We miss you so much already Sean. Rest in peace Dear Boy


christine martinez posted on 8/3/14

I have known Sean since he was a young teen, in his friendship with Kelly,my son. Sean had been a frequent visitor to our home, and I remember him as a polite, sensitive young man. , My heart, and Kelly's heart is broken by his untimely death. I am aware of Sean's struggles in life, as my son also has struggled. Kelly had told me Sean had developed a relationship with God, and I am sure this is a comfort for you. Please know that Sean and all of your family are in my prayers and thoughts.