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OBITUARY

Roan William McClain

26 October, 200230 January, 2019
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Roan William McClain passed away on Wednesday January 30th at the young age of 16.

He was born in Salt Lake City on October 26, 2002 to Michelle Markay Nelson and Henry Warren McClain. He was born premature (weighed 3.2lbs), but he was feisty and tenacious. These traits continued the rest of his life. In addition to his biological parents, he leaves behind his stepfather Chris Hamel, his siblings Christian and Kammie Hamel, his uncle Chris Nelson, maternal grandparents Lynn Nelson and Tanya Chatterton, paternal grandparents Jan and Bill Morris, and his step grandparents Barb and John Hamel.

Roan was a deep thinker and an “old soul” he loved to read and loved nature. He loved to camp, hike and cared about the environment. He loved good food and was an avid photographer. Roan loved to travel and talked about studying abroad one day. His friends described him as sweet, caring, and funny. He was patient and loving with little kids. Roan attended Salt Lake Arts Academy, Highland High School, and Salt Lake Performing Arts; he made many friends and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Roan touched many people’s lives in his short time on earth; many of us are better people for knowing him.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donations to the following organizations:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/take-action/give-a-gift/other-ways-to-give/ or Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: https://suwa.org/act-now/

A viewing and commemoration will be held in his honor on Thursday, February 7th at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT 84106. Viewing from 4:00pm – 5:00pm and Commemoration from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.

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Roan William McClain

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Don McBride

9 February 2019

I will miss that big smile. I enjoyed the times we did get to spend together, especially the family fishing trip in Chelan, Washington. You will be missed. I wish we could have spent more time together.

Roan McClain

8 February 2019

Roan McClain – Who am I (Finished a few weeks before his death)

I live, I listen, I am.
A’int no one can ham like I can. Ya think that might make me happy man – but nah.
Every day life is sullen, Pulling at me.
I feel like I’m crazy, Every other week things get a little more hazy.
Death Aint fazen me. Instead I see it as a release. I don’t wish for peace. I just want to see my homies at least.
Thoughts bounce around in my head. Makin me wish I was dead. Maybe I should take my meds.
Fuck That!
The individual is gone, people care more about their lawn than their brother Shawn. Everyone becomes pawns. Caught up in our lives. Up until the break of dawn.
Who we think we are is useless, just wana be used less. Maybe I’ll just make a mess, get ready to say goodbye, things will all be right in time.
Onto my next line, my next plane ride, high up in the air, you can only ask yourself “is it fair?”
Nah, That’s just how it is.

Maya Zavala

8 February 2019

although i never really talked to roan at slarts, finding out about his passing was upsetting. i remember thinking that he was hella smart and funny. he was always so nice to everyone no matter who it was, even to me. rest in paradise

Nayra Green

7 February 2019

The day I met Roan was the first day of fifth grade at Slarts and I was so nervous. He immediately smiled at me and made all of my nerves disappear. From that moment on, I can't remember a time he wasn't making someone laugh or smile. I miss singing "I am the walrus" and playing kickball with him. I regret not getting to know him better, more than he'll ever know. Thank you, Roan, for always being such a genuine and funny person, you will be greatly missed.

Kylee Beckstead

7 February 2019

I met roan at slarts when I was brand new, I was put in a photography class with roan and he was immediately so nice. We made so many memories with our friends leigh, Ethan, Kin, Desi and everyone else in that class. Me and roan didn’t get super close till after he left slarts, but we talked everyday once we we actually became close friends. He was always there and there was never a time he didn’t try to help anyway he could. He never had any motive to be my friend he just was. Roan was a very important person in my life, and I’d never change anything that ever happened with us. I love you roan.

Cooper Riekhof

7 February 2019

The first time I met Roan was the first a day of the school year. I walked in and he just seemed like the guy to talk to so I did. He got me into a lot of music that I had never thought I would listen to, he also was the one person to take time out of his day to teach me how my camera worked. He was always the Guy I could talk to and he always told it how it was. We were happy to find out that we share the same birthday. He was a true inspiration and helped me when I was going through stuff. Rest in peace Roan
You will be greatly missed!

Kimberly Kent

7 February 2019

I will always remember the first time I meet Roan..He was under his dining room table looking shy but interested, he peeked out with the most beautiful liquid brow eyes and my heart skipped a beat. He was interviewing me for the job of his babysitter. I had the great joy of being a part of his life when he was just a wee lad..he always seemed much older though. my husband and I would reflect that he was a real renaissance toddler ! I am so grateful for the precious time I had with you Roan McClain, I do not know why you could not stay, I will try to honor your memory by being loving and empathetic to all living souls around me as your heart would remind me.

Chris Hamel

7 February 2019

I came into Roan’s life at the early age of 6 and later became his step father in the fall of 2013. From the beginning he accepted me and my children Kammie and Christian into his life without hesitation. He was excited to have a big sister and big brother to tease and play with when they visited from Boise, ID. Over the years as a family we valued making memories with the kids so they could experience life as much as possible before moving on into their own lives separate from the family. For several years during spring break we would go somewhere new with the family. On these trips I would Charter a fishing boat and take the boys fishing which created some of my fondest memories of Roan. Although he would get sea sick most times he always looked forward to going. As an avid hunter as well I was lucky enough to take him along on a wild boar hunt in Kona Hawaii. He had always wanted to go hunting with me and Christian so I’m glad that we shared that experience last year on our annual spring break trip. These memories of our time together will be cherished forever and I hope that everyone Roan touched continue to cherish their memories forever. Roan was a special individual unique in his own way that touched many lives in his short time with us. I will miss the opportunity to watch him grow into a young man and then an adult. The one lesson learned here would be never stop talking and sharing with family and friends. I hope and wish that this tragedy opens the eyes of everyone here to the very real problem our society has with teen suicide. Everyone needs to be more aware of how big this problem is and help those around you that may be in need.
Rest In Peace and Harmony Roan we love you!!

Thatcher Patterson

7 February 2019

Hey dude...it’s Thatcher. This may be stupid but I mean whatever. I miss you, you were and always will be one of my best friends. You made me laugh all the time and I loved how we could argue about Liverpool and Arsenal and make funny jokes. Bro! Remember our cactus restaurant project for mrs Travis? Haha that was so funny! Dude I really miss you....I know we didn’t talk a whole lot sense Slarts but I love you and always will. Rest easy Roan ❤️- thatcher(aka thatch man)

Diana Shymanmonhini

7 February 2019

Roan in our math class on our bday =”:(.

Forever in our hearts

FROM THE FAMILY

2018 - School picture. Roan always took school pictures for me even though he didn't want to have his picture taken. He is wearing one of his favorite sweatshirts that we bought in Canada.

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Oregon coast - Depot Bay Feb 2018

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First day of school 2018- don’t i look thrilled!

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Oregon coast 2/2018
One of my favorite pictures of us
We love the mossy trees

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Oregon Coast 2018 -
Oysters - we love them. Try to eat them whenever we can.

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Kona Hawaii 3/2018

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Kona Hawaii 3/2018
Easter Brunch

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BC Canada - hiking.
Roan loved photography.
such a great picture of him

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Victoria BC 6/2018
Butchart Gardens

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Victoria BC 6/2018
Butchart Gardens