Braxton Garner Obituary (2003-2021) – North Ogden, UT
July 6, 2003 to July 30, 2021
On July 6, 2003, Braxton entered this world with a loving spirit and the most beautiful blue eyes. Braxton enjoyed spending time with others, playing with electronics, dancing, driving, and valued good food. Braxton’s idea of a perfect day was to have hot dogs with loved ones. He found joy in simple things. Braxton blessed the Bernal family when he entered their home in July 2019. Braxton was born with MECP2 duplication syndrome. Despite the many challenges Braxton faced throughout his life, he was a light and a teacher to those he met. Braxton had several people who loved him, below are Braxton’s thoughts from some of these people:
Matt Gunderson: “He loved everyone – maybe not as much as his cell phone or Ipad, lol.”
Austin Morris: “He was the embodiment of love and acceptance.”
Lorin Gunderson: “Nice smile with a mischievous look in his eyes as soon as he saw your cell phone.”
Alyssa Smith: “His urge to interact with people despite his suffering was inspiring. He was resilient and with tears he always danced to the music.”
Fein Bernal: “His expression of happiness when he had company. Despite all the pain, his smile was super contagious.”
Jamie Bernal: “Braxton never gave up. He loved life to the fullest. He is so strong. His connection to people meant the world to him, he loved being with his family. He liked to eat. Braxton has a calming and great mind. He never let his condition define him, he loved music and dance. Braxton’s light was so great that when you walked into a room you knew he was there in Braxton’s beautiful eyes you would connect, and with that connection came so much knowledge and in those moments everything in life has been done since then. “
Samantha Bernal: “This earth has been blessed with such a deep and pure soul, with his endless love that will last his years. Through his trials and tribulations, Braxton led his example, taught and showed what love really means.
Junior Bernal: Braxton broke my bed doing what he loved, hopping and dancing. Braxton loved MOD Pizza and I know he will feel better with his Heavenly Father. I loved cuddling and dancing with him. “
Mike Smith: “The light and joy he brought to those around him was contagious. Even though his body was working against him, it was obvious how much he loved life. Every smell, taste and touch that he experienced was enjoyed with the greatest joy. “
Terrie Gunderson: (Braxton’s Favorite Person / Grandma) “Braxton and I bonded as soon as I met him. His mind was way too big for his fragile body. When he was in the hospital, I kept hearing how grateful people were for what Braxton had taught them. As Braxton neared dying in the hospital, it seemed like his disabilities were going away. Heidi, Matt, and I stood in awe. We saw a handsome young man with no weaknesses on the bed in front of us. We knew we were seeing Braxton who was sane both physically and mentally. “
Josh Donnelly: “Braxton and my son danced the days while I was walking around switching the tablet and Ipad back and forth because they had to have each other’s.”
Gabe and Heidi Bernal: “We are so grateful that we are Braxton’s parents. We really loved each other and learned so many simple lessons from him. Life has always taken so much from him, but that didn’t change the sparkle” in his eyes , his love for others or his ability to find happiness in all situations. We love you and will miss you forever until we see you again, may you fly with the angels, our sweet, beautiful boy. “
Ethan VanDam: When I walked into a room with Braxton, I could feel his love before he said anything.
Braxton returned to his Heavenly Father on July 30, 2021. I imagine he was greeted by Grandfather Wayne Gunderson, Orion Gunderson, Jocelyn Coleman, and Able Robel along with many others. When Heavenly Father said, “Welcome home, my son,” He put himself in the arms of His Savior and was told, “My son endured well.”
The Bernal family would like to thank the Intermountain Hospice team, Primary Children’s Hospital, North Utah Pediatrics, all of their teachers over the years, the Make a Wish Foundation, Rainbow Kids, the palliative care team, and the DCFS case studies who have worked with Braxton . Special thanks to Melissa McDonough of DCFS who worked alongside Braxton for years and worked to ensure that his interests are served with care and compassion.
The funeral will take place on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Lindquists North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 N. Washington Blvd. Friends can visit the morgue on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Burial, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden.
Services will be followed by lunch at 1560 North 200 West, Harrisville UT 84404-2833.
Published by Lindquist Mortuary – North Ogden August 4-5, 2021.