Our beloved husband, dad, son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin, and friend passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021, after his most recent battle with liver disease. Chad’s life was truly filled with miracles and though he endured many health challenges, he faced them with faith, strength, and a positive attitude.
Chad Scott Freckleton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 12, 1980, to Robert Scott Freckleton and Emajane Carlile Freckleton. Chad is the oldest of four boys. He honored and respected his parents for how they raised their sons. They built a strong family relationship founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ and created many great and fun times together.
Chad met his eternal companion, Marcie Koller, during their high school years. They enjoyed many school dances and dates during high school. They continued their courtship following Chad’s service as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and were sealed together for time and all eternity on May 23, 2002, in the Salt Lake Temple. Their early marriage years were filled with work, education, and fun, and their friendship and love for each other was evident. They made every decision together and included each other in everything they did. They were truly united as one. They have three amazing children: Kayla (15 years-old), Taycee (9 years-old) and Zachary (6 years-old). Chad’s family and the gospel mean everything to him.
Chad understood the importance of education. He graduated from Hunter High School in 1998 and attended Snow College. After Snow College, Chad served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he believed Eugene, Oregon was the best mission in the world. He had close relationships with many of the missionaries and the people of Oregon, and he taught with the gift of proclamation. He was especially close with his mission president and wife, Ronald and Jodie Smart, and he greatly admired them. Upon returning from his mission, Chad worked for his dad at Redwood Camper and Trailer Sales. Chad had a special relationship with his dad as they worked together for many years. Chad attended the University of Utah and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Health. Chad showed his desire for furthering his education by obtaining his master’s degree in Health Administration in 2019.
Chad was diagnosed with cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver in July 2005. He endured many complications from the disease, but he fought through them with patience, strength, faith, and optimism. He never complained or dwelt on his challenges. He always brought joy to those around him, regardless of the pain he endured. He received his first liver transplant on June 30, 2009. He soared through his first transplant but received the difficult news that the hepatic artery had clotted off which meant he desperately needed another new liver. Chad received his second liver transplant on July 19, 2009. The second transplant was truly a miracle, and we are grateful for the 12 additional years of life his organ donors gave him. Chad loved sharing his transplant experiences with other people during various speaking opportunities. He wanted to share his testimony of using the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the power it gives to endure and find joy during the trials of this life.
Following Chad’s recovery from his second liver transplant, he received a job at the University of Utah Hospital in 2011. His work at the hospital was a blessing, and his experience as a patient was truly an asset in his role as a Quality Specialist for Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He loved his job, coworkers, and the work being done to improve patient satisfaction and quality care. He had a great desire to contribute to the excellent work being done at the University of Utah Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Hospital.
In addition to family and the gospel, Chad’s hobbies and interests include BYU football (he had season tickets every year), sports in general, caring for his home and yard, water sports, family vacations, playing board games, Friday movie nights, and serving others.
Chad is a noble and valiant son of our Heavenly Father. He loves the gospel and has a gift for sharing it with those around him through word and example. Chad served honorably in many callings, and he particularly loved serving the youth. He was a beloved Young Men’s leader and has greatly influenced those he taught for many years. Chad is strong in his testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ, and he honored his priesthood. He said one of his greatest blessings this past year was the opportunity to administer the sacrament to our family each Sunday during the pandemic. His motto is “Be Strong in Righteousness.” He truly helped others come closer to the Savior.
Chad is an amazing husband and dad and we adore him. He makes us laugh and his wisdom and gift of instruction are inspiring. Whenever Chad spoke in causal or formal settings, we listened. We are eternally grateful for his example of charity, sacrifice, service, hard work, fun, laughter, and real joy. We are grateful for the covenants we have made in the holy temple that bind our family together for eternity. We will strive to live worthy of those promised blessings.
Chad is survived by his devoted wife, Marcie Koller Freckleton, and his three loving children, Kayla (daughter), Taycee (daughter) and Zach (son). His parents Scott and Emajane, his brothers Jeff (Aubry), Derek (Jamie), and Jaren (Kira), his in-laws Ronald and Carol Koller, his grandmother Janice Freckleton, and many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Wilford Freckleton, Rulon and Jennie Carlile, sister-in-law Nikki Koller Baker, and nephew Harry Koller.
A viewing will be held Thursday, September 2nd 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary (3688 West 12600 South Riverton, UT 84065). An additional viewing will be held Friday morning, September 3rd 2021, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 6593 West Herriman Boulevard, Herriman, UT 84096. Chad will be interred at the Herriman City Cemetery.
Chad made a point of thanking each person by name who cared for him, and we are very grateful for the many healthcare workers and support staff who provided such great care. We are also grateful for family and friends who have uplifted us with their love, prayers, and service.
All are welcome to attend the viewing and funeral in person, but in honor of healthcare workers, we ask that you please wear masks while indoors. Alternatively, there will be a live video stream of the funeral services on Friday using the link below.
We know Chad has had an incredible impact on so many people. To share your thoughts, memories, and pictures of Chad or to view the funeral services, please use the following link: https://linktr.ee/chadfreckleton