Our beloved son Chaz Haydin Groat, 17, passed away on January 1, 2021, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on November 4, 2003, in Kearns, Utah to Charles “Chuck” and Julie (Stam) Groat. Chaz was a junior at Hunter High School.
Chaz was known by his sense of humor and quick wit, but mostly by his goofiness. He loved making people laugh and was someone who would light up a room whenever he entered. He had a way of cheering people up, even during difficult times. He just wanted to help people where he could. Even in death, Chaz will continue to help those in need as it was his wish to be an organ donor.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Chaz became an avid race car driver and bowler. Chaz began racing at the age of 4 ½ and was the primary driver for Lucky 13 Racing. He started in go-karts and moved up the racing circuit to quarter midgets. Following quarter midgets, in 2016, Chaz placed 3rd in the Rocky Mountain Raceways Junior Stingers Points Championship, as well as received Rookie of the Year. The following year he moved into a Focus Midget, the class he was so looking forward to run. His first year in the midget was beyond expectation with him winning the 2017 Rocky Mountain Raceways Midget Point Championship and Midget Rookie of the Year. Chaz continued racing the midget finishing 4th in points in 2018, 2nd in 2019 and 2nd in 2020. In 2019, the father and son duo ended the season with Chuck winning the Midgets Points Championship and his son following behind in 2nd. When Chaz was not racing, his focus was on bowling. Chaz bowled league at All Star West Jordan for many years and had an average of 195. He competed in many youth bowling tournaments, including one just recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada. On November 27, 2019, at the age of 16, Chaz bowled his first 300 game while bowling in an adult/youth tournament with his mom.
Chaz is preceded in death by his grandparents: Robert M. and Sherry Stam. Survived by his parents Chuck and Julie Groat; step-brother Jonathan Lewis; grandparents Steve and Jackie Berger; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many others who were non-biological, but considered family.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3:30 PM at Redwood Memorial, 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah with a viewing prior beginning at 12:00 PM in the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, a memorial account in Chaz’s name has been set up at America First Credit Union (AFCU) to help the family with medical/funeral expenses.
Chaz, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. You have left your stamp on hearts of so many people and were so loved. With the donation of your organs, you will continue to live on in spirit. Heaven has handed out a pair of angel wings. Until we see you again, fly high and God speed little big buddy. All our love, your family.
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Life Story Info
Chuck and Julie,
Even though I personally didn't spend a lot of time with Chaz, it was apparent by the outpouring of love shown for him that he touched so many lives. I cannot imagine the heartache you're going through as no parent should ever lose their child, but my heart and thoughts are with you. Chaz will always be around in any smile and through his gift of organ donation he helped others live a better life. I send lots of love and comfort to you during this incredible difficult time.
-Nicole (Robert & Theodore) Patty
I’m going to miss you. I still remember when we met in silver hills. Every time we told each other about that day we’d laugh because it was so crazy. I’ve known you for many years and you inspired me to be the better version of myself. You were able to make me smile in times where I thought I couldn’t anymore.
Our family is so sad for all of you. Xander is the one who told us about Chaz today. We used to be your neighbor and would always see Chuck and Chaz working together on the cars or packing them up for a race. We always talked about going sometime to watch him race, but didn't ever remember to find out his schedule. I would watch when I drove down the street, so I didn't run over his awesome small RC car that he loved to race in the circle. I wish there were words that would help, but, please know that we care.
Our deepest condolences to the groat family. Chuck, I didn’t get to meet your son that I can recall, I do know this, we’re all a family. Racing and the racing community is one great thing. There are always us folks that feel the excitement and or pain for our fellow brothers and sisters. Currently I feel your pain my friend! If there is anything ever needed, don’t hesitate to call.
The Humphers family
To my Son Chuck & Daughter Julie,
Words cannot express the sadness we feel for you, for the loss of your Son Chazzie and our Grandson. Our hearts will forever remain broken in pieces. He was such a shining light to all he came into contact with. His smile brightened every room he walked in to.
We are with you in heart and spirit my darling son and daughter. We love you very much.
Rest in Peace Sweet Chazzie! Godspeed! You are so loved and will be so missed. Our hearts will remain forever broken.
Race high Sweetheart!