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Obituary for Zachary Todd Shultis

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Zachary Todd Shultis

September 20, 1994 - May 6, 2012

Zachary Todd Shultis, 17, formerly of West Point, Utah, passed away at his home in Ogden, Utah on May 6, 2012. He was born September 20, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zack was a beautiful and inspiring young man. His love for people and music was an inspiration to us all. He extended himself to all and always reached out to those in need of a friend. His favorite pastimes included hiking, spending time with his friends and practicing and performing with his band SkySight. He was a brilliant, mostly self taught musician and song writer. He was an awesome guitarist and singer. He was a junior at Syracuse High School. Zack struggled with depression much of his young adult life. His loved ones and friends did everything they could to help and guide him through his struggles. He is survived by his father, Gregory Todd (Dawn) Shultis, his mother, Teresa Dorene Redd (Kirt) Day and beautiful little sister and BFF Sarah Marie Shultis. He is also survived by his grandmothers: Marguerite Ann Shultis and Tera James. Zack is survived by numerous step-siblings and grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his aunt Audrey Shultis Hayes, grandfathers: Clifford Robert Redd and Elwin Morse Shultis, as well as great-grandmothers Ida C. Peoples and Sarah Jewel Simpson. We would like to extend special gratitude to the families, friends, teachers, mentors and counselors for your love and support for Zack during his far too short life here and for those left behind struggling to make sense of it all. “If you’re happy, then I’m happy; if you’re OK, then I’m OK.I’ll protect you, I will keep you safe. If you’re falling, I will catch you. You can trust me.Cause we’ll get through together, we’ll do anything. Did you know that I love you?Is there something I could do to make things better, Better for you?You’re the reason that I’m smiling. . .”Your fight is over now baby, we know you’re in a better place, with God; and you’ll always be here within our hearts.A Memorial Service for Zack will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the services at the Mortuary. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Zack Shultis Memorial Fund at send us your condolences and a memory at


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Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Memorial Information

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Zachary Todd Shultis

Born: September 20, 1994
Died: May 6, 2012

Condolences for Zachary Todd Shultis

Dawn Shultis posted on 9/15/16

After all this time the pain is still so real. I pray that you and your mom are together again. I miss you Zack


Aunt Elaine posted on 7/1/15

It's so hard to know that I won't have the pleasure of seeing you growing up and becoming a man. I struggle with acceptance because you were so special and I still miss you and those beautiful blue eyes.


Paige posted on 9/5/12

I may not have known Zach personally but I honestly wish I could have. He was a great singer and guitar player. He will be missed greatly by everyone forever.


Joyce Gibbs posted on 5/17/12

Greg, Peggy, Brad, Elaine, and MichaelI've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow. You all take care of each other and yourselfs' and remember the memories and don't for the present. Take care


Danette Mielak posted on 5/15/12

Lord Please watch over my cousin's family and give them peace and grace. Allow them time to mourn and feel the peace that you can give. Thank you for the time that was given for Zachary to bless his family with his smile. Help them to remember only the best parts of his life. AMEN


Shirley Becker posted on 5/15/12

I did not know you Zachary, but my prayers are with you always. May God keep you close to his heart


Lorilee Roskelley posted on 5/12/12

Although we did not know Zack well, we wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. My son, Jaden, is Zack's age, and we gave him rides home from the Jr. High a couple of times. Jaden mentioned that Zack really was kind and friendly to everyone. What a compliment! Our hearts go out to you and your family.


Brannon Zollinger posted on 5/12/12

Kirt Terri & Family,I called and He has heard me... He is close to the broken ~ hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit!I am sorry that I have not had the chance to meet all of you, hoping that one day we can change that. I wish you Strength & Peace!


Wayne and Val Brainerd posted on 5/12/12

Dear Greg and Dawn,We are so sorry for your loss. We never had the opportunity to meet Zach but wished we had. We have read and heard about him here from his family and friends and understand him to be an exceptional young man. No one truly knows what is inside each of us that drives our spirit each day. Some have demons that we wish we could scare away. His demons are gone now and we know him to be in a place of peace and glory. Our hearts go out to you in this trying time, and we wish we could hug you both. Peace be with, Wayne and Val


Scarlet hartwell posted on 5/12/12

I did not have the chance to meet Zach but i knew him through his mothers heart.and looking at all his friends and family post he sounds like a wonderful young man with a tender heart and full of kindness.His mother loves him deeply this i do know for certain.I pary that he is at peace i know he is with god and at peace spreading his love elsewhere From my heart and soul to your love and beauty RIP love and blessings to all that had the honor to know and love zach.I hope your playing music with the band in heaven.Sincerly Love Scarlet


Elizabeth posted on 5/12/12

Following this dreadful news I have seen, from my family and members of our household, an expression of deep regret for Zachary's death. No one who knew Zachary will ever forget him. Those who never met him will know of him for his energy and passion for others. May he rest in peace and may we thank God for someone who made many, many people happy.


Bill & Kim Kelleher posted on 5/12/12

We do not know your family but we are so sorry for your loss . You are in our thoughts and prayers .


Christine and Frank Hicks posted on 5/12/12

As a song says "and he will hold you in the palm of his hand" Zach was a sweet and kind soul and I know your hearts are breaking but Zach is in a better place and is in eternal piece.


Keileigh Reid posted on 5/12/12

I may not have known Zack as well as many other people, but I am great friends with his little sister. Just 2 weekends ago, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend with their family. We had such a wonderful time and I got to know Zack really well. The times that Sarah, Zack and I spent in the hot tub were always the best. We had spent up to 2 hours just sitting in there talking and laughing about an endless amount of things. One of the times while we were sitting in there, I was just spacing out and Zack thought it would be funny to splash me in the face. He thought it was funny how I didn't even say anything about it. Park City was such a blast and I got to know Zack better than I had expected. It's very sad to see him gone and his family is in my prayers. I know that he is rockin' out in paradise right now, and looking down on us and is smiling. <3


ILona Bruno posted on 5/11/12

Sudden death is hard to comprehend, and so much more so in one so young. Your hopes and dreams for Zach will never be realized. There is so much to mourn. Try to take comfort that Zach's suffering is over and that he is with our Heavenly Father. Some may question if there is a God at a time like this. There is, and he will help carry our burdens if we allow Him to. I can't begin to imagine the pain you are experiencing, but He knows and cares.With Lots of Love and prayers, ILona Bruno


Steve & Cathie Critchlow posted on 5/11/12

Kirt, Terri, Greg & Dawn, & SarahHere is a little poem someone gave to me When My Father Passed . Hope it brings you some comfort. "A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side saysShe is gone.Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large now as when I last saw her.Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she is gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout -There she comes!."Love AlwaysSteve Cathie David Matthew & Charlie


Roxy Hood posted on 5/11/12

My sincerest condolences to your family and friends during this most difficult time.


Michael Smith posted on 5/11/12

Greg, I am truely saddened and shocked by your loss. Words alone could never convey the heartbroken grief that I feel. My deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Arika Bennett posted on 5/11/12

Zack, you touched my life more than anyone could ever dream of doing. Absolutely nobody understood me as well as you did. I loved talking about government conspiracies with you, and planning on moving to Africa together and living off of the land in loin cloths. You haven’t left my mind since I heard the dreadful news that one of my closest friends had passed. I’m in so much shock that I will never get a text from you again. That I’ll never get to see your scruffy face again. I didn’t meet you in the best circumstances, I wish we would have met each other in a better place and a better time. But I am grateful for that time I had with you. I won’t ever forget a single conversation that we have had. Because I cherished every one even when you were here. You were so talented. You were the most selfless person I knew. You put others before yourself. I am positive you tried reaching out for help, but it had to be you that had to help yourself out of your dark state of mind. I know this because you’re just like me. You were my male equivalent. You will forever be in my heart. I love you, ScruffyBear. And I'll miss you every second until I someday see you again.


Shaylee Stephens posted on 5/10/12

Zack was always such a friendly person to everyone. He was in my Yoga class and was always so full of life. He always the one person in that class that kept us all going. No one will ever forget him. His music will live on<3


Kendra Nilsen posted on 5/10/12

I have shared your pain since the day of your loss. My heart is heavy for your famiy. I hope and pray that you can heal. Zach has touched an unimaginable amount of lives, he was and will always be an inspiration. He just had another journey to complete. His time on Earth must have just been complete. God bless you all. Kendra Nilsen ( Bailee Singletons mom )


Nevin Sheehan posted on 5/10/12

Known him since elementary and always thought he was so legit, but didn't get to know him til high school... One of the coolest guys ever!