Jayden Scott Owen Shank, 19, gained his Superhero cape in the sky on August 23, 2021. He was born August 7, 2002 to Scott and Crystal Shank in Murray, Utah. Jayden was known for his spunky personality, contagious laugh, big brown eyes, those beautiful eyelashes and that curly hair. He was the true meaning of perfection. He gave the best kisses and hugs ever. He loved having his hands scratched and his head rubbed. He didn’t care who you were, but if you did those 2 things, you were his friend for life.
He was the happiest kid around despite his daily challenges that he never let get him down. His body has been through so many obstacles in his 19 years. Most people do not endure in all their lives. He took on every challenge with a smile on his face. He never complained when he went to infusions. He defied all odds and lived past the age of 5. The true meaning of a real superhero.
Jayden loved playing on his tablet. Jayden was very involved with the community. He did Special Olympics and got 4 gold medals. He was involved with the Mascot Miracles which, when he was involved with them, he had no worries and he was happy. He played baseball for the Miracle League.
Jayden and his dad ran 37 half marathons and have ran over 4,000 miles together. He loved running – he was free and with his best friend. He wouldn’t let anyone else push him besides his dad. They did everything together. I’ll see you at the start line, buddy! – Love, Dad.
Jayden was his mom’s Superhero – her rock. He taught her how to love unconditionally, never take any minute for granted, how to smile when life gets tough and be very thankful for the small things. I love you so much, son – to the moon and back! – Love, Mom.
Jayden and his brother, Braxden shared a unique bond, they definitely are one of a kind. They were always together. They had their own language and were the best of buddies. They loved hanging out and Jayden would always tease him. Love you, Bro.
Jayden had many great doctors and nurses over the years. A special thanks to Dr. Hurley, Dr. Wirkus, Marci and Margie at Wasatch Pediatrics. A special thanks to Dr. Filloux and Dr. Inman who shared a special bond with him.
A special thanks to his home health team who loved him even when he would try to use his handsome smile to get out of doing his work.
He attended Hartvigsen School where he made many friends and staff that adored him. “We love you, Mr. Handsome.”
Jayden is survived by his dad, Scott, his mom, Crystal, his brother, Braxden, many aunts and uncles; Uncle “Mainch” James (Jauslyne), Uncle Patrick (Jessica), Uncle Mike (Shanel), his Grandma Shelley, Acia (Tyler), JJ (Taylor), Lyndsee (Matt), Aspen (Dallas), Lyla, Hazel, baby James, Nico and Reign. Special thanks to Michael, Melissa, Big Redd, Lady Redd and biker family.
He is preceded in death by his Mum, Pompa, Uncle Ern, Grandpa Dale, Uncle Marcus, Aunt Myrtle, Aunt Jan, Uncle Virg and Great Grandpa Harry.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Memorial Murray Mortuary located at 5850 South 900 East in Murray, Utah. A service will follow immediately at the same location in the Chapel. Interment to follow at Memorial Redwood Cemetery at 6500 Redwood Road in West Jordan, Utah. We encourage everyone to wear their own Superhero attire in Jayden’s honor. “Run free buddy, we love you!”
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Life Story Info
He had a beautiful soul, always knew when someone was in need of hug or good laugh. I will miss his giggle the that he would do when he was doing or going to do something mischievous, like getting into Kaylee’s backpack or trying to get her hair bow. He was a gift given to all who had a chance to know him. Scott’s do Crystal, thank you for raising a remarkable son.
So many fond memories and fun times as I worked with him at Hatvigsen. I loved how excited he would get when Mom came he always thought it was time to go and would start rolling himself to the door. The Cheetos, and oh yes our time in the pool. Jayden you touch so many hearts and lives, thank you for the time spend with us. We love and will miss you so much. Until we meet again.