09 Jan Carson Lee Tate
Carson Lee Tate
February 22nd, 1997 ~ November 5th, 2017
Carson left a light in all of those who knew him that will never die so though he has moved on he will never be gone.
From the beginning Carson was an easygoing child. He might have gotten that from his mother, who described his natural birth as easy, his childhood as joyful, and their bond as everything. Every teacher starting in kindergarten would be enchanted by his curiosity and would quietly whisper what a joy he was to have in class. There was never a subject for which Carson couldn’t find a question whether from architecture to tiramisu. He also rarely missed an opportunity to cause a little trouble, or make his classmates laugh.
As he grew older, his interests varied. He started with soccer, but soon left for lacrosse and played through high school. He excelled as he did in every sport. Carson was always one of the best players on any team he played. However Carson’s true passions were skiing and travel. He had found his home on the mountains and would go on to join the Park City Axis Slope Style Ski Team. While a full-time student at Salt Lake Community College, Carson worked as a “lifty”, where his favorite part of the job was assisting the little ones on the toe rope lift of the bunny slope, where he took his first ski lesson, and promptly declared that would be the “end of his formal skiing education”. He never missed an opportunity to ski. On the first real storm, he would hike 1,500 feet to the top of Brighton just to take one run. He skied as far away as the Alps, but insisted that there is no skiing like the skiing in Utah!
Carson’s enthusiasm and love for travel took him on many adventures. He loved to meet people of foreign lands and immerge himself into their cultures. He would often call or write about the new and interesting foods he discovered. His travels took him from Costa Rica to Europe and many places in Asia. He was comfortable in a seedy hostel as much as a fancy hotel. Few people, much less a 20-year-old boy, truly appreciate the history, art, architecture and beauty of the world as much as Carson did. That art and beauty may be something he saw in the Louvre or the “beauties” he saw walking around Prague in high heels.
Every person Carson met was a friend and to be friends with him meant the ride of lifetime; and more often than not, that ride was covered in snow. Every one of his siblings knew where to go when they needed someone to talk to or make mischief with…he was always game for both. Carson had many friends and those friends were incredibly important to him. He valued friendship and loyalty and gave both to many. You couldn’t meet Carson and not be his friend.
Carson is survived by his parents Marshall (Rajeana) Tate and Cynthia (Tom) Peterson. Brothers and sisters, Austin, Hailey, Colter Tate, Royal and Remington Wells, Brooke and Christopher Peterson. Grandmother Naoma Tate, Grandfather Edward Burton, Uncle Darrell, Aunt Mia (Paul), Aunt Diane (Rick) Aunt Linda (Brad), Uncle Mike (Kellee), Uncle Dave (Julie), and Uncle Steve (Eva). Preceded in death by Grandmother’s Mina Vaughn and Connie Burton and Grandfather Hal Tate.
Everybody has challenges in life and Carson was no different. We lost our EVERYTHING to addiction and we are proud of the battle he fought, and how many times he won, before he didn’t. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call the city addiction hotline at 801-618-4660, or call a local rehabilitation facility.
Carson our dear grandson, son, brother, nephew and friend; you will be sorely missed by all who know and love you. It feels as though a part of us is missing. Fly high into God’s open arms and find peace and joy with him. May God bless and keep you. May your memory be eternal.
A celebration of life for Carson Lee Tate will be held at “This is the Place Heritage Site” on November 10th from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at 2601 Sunnyside Ave. Signage will be posted to the reception center.
Funeral services will be held for family and close friends at City View Memoriam on November 11th at 11:00 A.M. at 1001 East 11th Ave.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice that will help protect our children from the dreaded disease of addiction.