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13001 South 3600 West, Riverton, UT

OBITUARY

Nicholas Neil Saunders

November 11, 1997April 6, 2020

Nicholas Neil Saunders, 22, of Herriman, Utah was called home to his Heavenly Father on April 6, 2020. Nick was a giant of a man in many ways; he was 6’6” with giant sky-blue eyes, a giant laugh, and a personality bigger than life. Born November 11, 1997, in West Jordan, Nick was born with incomplete feet and a shortened clubbed left hand. From one year old, he was a double amputee at the ankle joint, but soon after surgery, he was running on those stumps like it was no big deal, and shortly after that, he was walking with prostheses. Nick loved to swim, and at age three, he could swim the width of the pool on his own. Nick was a shining example of defying society’s defining limitations. He ran, played sports, rode bicycles, danced and loved to play games with his family and friends. He was unstoppable! One of the happiest periods in his life was his time at Herriman High School, especially his senior year and playing with the Rugby Club. These boys took him in and treated him like a brother. He was never able to participate as a contact player because of the rules prohibiting his prosthetic legs in any official match, but he still became an integral part of the team as they journeyed their way to win the state championship. Nick treasured spending time with his dad. Weekends playing paintball and Jeeping were shared passions of this duo. Together they worked hard learning how to work on cars as Nick customized his Jeep that he bought and built with his own money and his own hands. Nick and his dad spent countless weekends together in Moab and the St. George areas. One of the biggest role models in Nick’s life was his Grandpa Neil. From Saturday morning breakfasts, running errands, and eating ice cream, the two of them loved spending time together, and they referred to each other as “Pete” throughout Nick’s whole life. It was also clear that he had a spiritual connection with his Grandma Joyce from the moment he was born. She would always tell people he had an old spirit, and that was evident early on. As a result, Nick would never agree to sit at the kids table. He had to be with the grown-ups. Everyone that met Nick loved his charm and could feel his strong spirit. He created lasting and numerous memories with everyone he met, and he remembered them all! He was far from a shy individual, not afraid to talk to anyone and everyone. He always owned up to his unique appearance and was happy to spend a teaching moment with kids that didn’t understand what they were seeing. His wit, sense of humor, and especially his laugh will forever echo in our hearts. When people were laughing, it was important for him to laugh even louder. That's just who he was. His personality is bigger than this life can handle. Nick was a proud Eagle Scout, priesthood holder, gamer, big brother, nephew, cousin, friend, grandson, and son. Nick was a spiritual person, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His giant spirit has finally found peace and is free from the pain and struggles of his earthly body. He now walks tall, unassisted with 2 FEET and 2 GINORMOUS HANDS. Although our loss is huge, we are at peace knowing he is no longer bound by the physical and mental limitations and pain he suffered in his physical body. Thank you to the thousands of people that met him, showed him kindness, laughed at his jokes, shared their struggles with him, and took the time to smile and to say hello. You all made his life a little brighter and showed him he mattered. We thank you all for helping him understand what a legacy he is. Nick is survived by his parents Tim and Heidi Saunders, his brother Brady and his sister Alyssa. He is also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his beloved baby sister Lyla, and his great-grandparents. Because of the COVID-19 virus there will be a private graveside service on Friday, April 17th. Those who wish are invited to honor him with a drive-by graveside tribute from 1:00-3:00 pm at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South Valley, 13001 South 3600 West, Riverton, Utah.

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Morgan Dewaal

April 13, 2020

Nick was such a good friend of mine! I am completely heartbroken! I Didn't get to spend too much time with him outside of mutual, but every single time I came we spent the whole time together! He was the most caring and friendly guy! What a blessing it was to have his friendship in my life during a time I truly needed it! ❤️

Rondi Fox

April 12, 2020

I only knew Nick a little bit when he was younger. I subbed in his primary class and was instantly amazed by his attitude and sense of humor. I didn’t know about his legs, and during the lesson he took them off and threw them in the middle of the class. It scared me so bad and caught me off guard. But then I realized what a funny kid he was and an amazing attitude. I love his peg legged pirate costume for Halloween as well.
My heart is broken for your family. I am so glad you have the knowledge that you will see him again. Praying for your family at this hard time. ❤️❤️❤️

Bob & Nancy Stewart

April 12, 2020

Nick was one SPECIAL kid ! Always a smile and positive attitude he showed to us. Nick always made me and Bob feel we were important to him and treated us with such kindness and respect. Whether when we ran into him at the store. Or at church he always made it a point to talk to us. Nick we loved you so much and our hearts are broken. But this is about you, and we know where you are and know you are in a Heavenly place. Made whole and Happy! Bless you Heidi and Tim with peace and love. Nick was sent to the Best parents here on earth, you both should be proud how good you raised him. He loved you so much! With all our love and prayers Til we meet him again

John James

April 11, 2020

Tim, Heidi, and Family,
My heart is overwhelmed with many emotions. I am grateful to have known Nick for a short while. He was a gentle giant with a huge heart. He had a greater depth of feeling emotions than most people that I know. This was a gift and made him so caring and attentive to me and all he spent time with. I will remember his last visit just dropping by and watching a show with me. He was a delight to be around and loved his family so much!
I will miss him but I know that he is free and has a whole new set of powerful tools to help those in need. May Heavenly Father bestow a mighty blessing of peace and love upon your family and those mourning at this time. Until we meet again brother!
Love you all!
John James

Linda Tranter

April 11, 2020

Tim and Heidi
You know how broken hearted I feel.
Nick was an amazing person. I’m so sad at this loss. We had so many talks in my office when he attended South Hills Middle School. He did love his grandparents so much. He talked about them often. He loved you both so much. He brought so much joy and laughter to others. I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to know Nick. You are in my prayers.
Linda Tranter.

Susie Cozad

April 11, 2020

No!!! What happened?!? This kid was always amazing. He always had a smile on his face and he was a force to be reckoned with when our class played his in kickball. I saw him at a store a few years later and he still had the same smile and chatted with me for almost an hour even though he was never a student in my class. The world lost a good one! 😭

Wade Thompson

April 11, 2020

Shorty is what I called him for years and he called me Slim. Each nickname was the exact opposite of how we really looked! I love this kid,! Who is going to rub my belly, or my head or give me a ginormous hug? My heart is broken, I will miss you Shorty! Love. Slim

Rebecca Kirkman

April 11, 2020

Nick was a wonderful! I enjoyed his sense of humor, his laugh and his perseverance. He was such a great example to those around him. I taught Nick in 7th grade. My heart goes out to his family!

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FROM THE FAMILY

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