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Jeremy Lynn Rasmussen was born on November 8, 1990. He was a beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby. Soon after his birth, we all knew he was a going to be a risk taker. Jeremy would be the first one to try something new. When Jeremy was three years old, he dove right into a swimming pool. At seven, he tried to cross a flooded wash. He was fearless and never backed down.
Jeremy was an incredible kid. He had a heart of gold and had his whole life ahead of him. He was very involved with his community, family and school. He volunteered during the summer coaching at-risk youth basketball players. In high school, he participated in basketball, football and weightlifting. He was aspiring to be a personal trainer.
On July 18, 2008, our lives were changed forever as he took one last risk. Early that morning, we were contacted by the Utah Highway Patrol that Jeremy had passed away in a preventable crash on Interstate 15 at mile marker 12, near the Exit 10 off-ramp in St. George, Utah. The driver of Jeremy’s vehicle was tired from driving 15 hours non-stop and had fallen asleep at the wheel.
The Highway Patrol said that if Jeremy would have been wearing his seatbelt he would have survived the crash. His younger sister, Alise, who was wearing her seatbelt, was the only survivor.
Not a moment passes that Jeremy and the thought of this tragic accident does not touch our family. He and his daring nature will live on within our hearts forever.