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Skyler Blake Gardner

April 24, 1988March 31, 2018
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We say goodbye for a season to our beloved son and brother, Skyler Blake Gardner. He ended his life on March 31, 2018, leaving a reminder to all of us of the importance of learning to love and forgive ourselves. Skyler was born on April 24, 1988, and was always a very tender and caring person. He spent most of his life helping and blessing the lives of others. He was drawn to a profession in healthcare and was employed at Intermountain Medical Center where he worked as a Critical Care Technician in the Emergency Department. He loved his job, and he loved his work family. Loving and embracing others, without judgment or criticism, was a special gift Skyler possessed. He was also easy to love to anyone who had the pleasure of befriending him. Skyler was a meticulous person who excelled in all he decided to do. While earning his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation at Utah Valley University, he volunteered with the Red Cross. For his service, Skyler earned the Clara Barton award (named after the founder of the Red Cross) and was honored for his leadership in helping the organization gather more than 100 units at each blood drive. Because Skyler had a somewhat reserved personality, even those who were closest to him didn’t know of many of his achievements. He wasn’t one to toot his own horn! Though quiet at first, one quickly learned after getting to know Skyler that he had a delightful and friendly personality. He was thoughtful, caring, funny, sarcastic, and could banter with the best of them, especially when the subject was Boise State University (he was a diehard fan and bled blue and orange!). He felt most comfortable being himself when he was with close friends and family. Skyler found peace in nature. When he wasn’t working, you could find him hiking in the mountains and taking pictures. He had a gift that allowed him to recognize the beauty around him that others often could not see. Photography quickly became his hobby, and he developed a keen eye for what would make an exquisite photograph. Skyler also loved music and was actively learning to play the banjo. He really enjoyed getting together with the boys for a “jam night.” He had a gift for musical expression and often shared song lyrics with friends and family as a way to articulate his deepest feelings. Skyler is survived by his parents, Blake and Wendy; his older sister, Kayla; and his younger brothers, Nathan and Koby. He also leaves behind many close friends in Utah and Texas that he considered family. We have faith that Skyler was greeted and embraced on the other side by many who loved him, including his Savior Jesus Christ.

Funeral services for Skyler will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Kimberly LDS Stake Center, 3850 North 3500 East, Kimberly Idaho. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will take place on Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Kimberly LDS Stake Center as well as from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday morning. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Blake Gardner, Father
  • Wendy Gardner, Mother
  • Kayla Gardner, Sister
  • Nathan Gardner, Brother
  • Koby Gardner, Brother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Nathan Gardner
  • Cole Rasmussen
  • Miguel Ramos
  • Koby Gardner
  • Paul Worsham
  • Omar Ramos
  • Kendall Gardner
  • Cayson Staples
  • Travis Hansen
  • Gary Brunson
  • Moi Ramos
  • Chad Heider
  • Jack Hart, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Viewing for Family and Friends Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Viewing for Family and Friends Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 9, 2018
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Traca Stubbs

April 11, 2018

Skyler you were such a cute little boy. I came to visit your family and you would play peek a boo with me and I would chase you and Kayla around the house and both of you would laugh and giggle and want me to chase you some more. When you were a little older my family and I came to visit again. My husband had a grand mal seizure in your front room and you and Kayla took my little girls in your room to play with them so that they wouldn't be scared seeing their dad or their mom falling apart. I had to go to the hospital with him and all of you took very good care of Britnee, Lacee and little Tyler who was on oxygen and monitors but that didn't bother you at all, you were very brave and you did an awesome job. We love you Skyler.

Jaron Clyde

April 11, 2018

I worked with Skyler in ER. When we met we soon bonded because Skyler was my kind of guy. He took me under his wing and taught me so many things. We laughed and mourned together. Skyler was a hero and saved lives and put people back together. I miss him dearly and wish I could tell him how much he meant to me. He was a wonderful man and my close friend.

Aly S

April 11, 2018

Sweet Skyler... I'm still in shock. Our work family will not be the same without you. You can't imagine how much you are missed.

Joyce Bertram

April 10, 2018

I feel so fortunate to have met Skylar in April of 2017. We had so much fun that evening at dinner and I'm grateful for that memory. My heart goes out to his family, espeially to Wendy his Mom. I love you and I pray you find peace.

Max & Darla humphries

April 9, 2018

Our deepest Sympathy . Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
God works in mysterious ways.

Max & Darla Humphries

Tammy Hinterman

April 9, 2018

Skyler had a way of breaking down any barriers that were meant to keep your heart locked away. He pried right in, looked around and made himself at home, just like he was always meant to be there. I promise Skyler, where ever I am you’ll always be more than just a memory. You’ll always have a home in my heart.

Jordan Eyring

April 8, 2018

Skyler was a true friend. It’s been some time since we had seen each other but I still think of our fun shenanigans we had growing up. The summer before I moved to Oregon we spent almost everyday together. His friendship help distract me from the sadness of having to move away. I remember one fun night we were out causing trouble. We decided that we need to get the van washed and headed in. Right by the stake center a skunk ran out and Skyler hit it square. We both started gaggin from the smell and spent a lot of time trying to wash it off the van without success. I went home smelling like skunk but with a fun memory of my friend. Every time I see a skunk I think of that laughter filled night with him.
Skyler was such a fun friend. He played such an important role in my life growing up. He will be missed greatly. Look forward to seeing him again after this life and giving him a hug.

Ally R

April 8, 2018

Skyler was perfectly imperfect and stitched together with good intentions. 💔

Emily Brooksby

April 7, 2018

Skyler was a smile at the end of a hard day. He was a funny joke during a rough patch. His hair was a statement of it's own. No matter how bad your eyes were, you knew it was him at the end of the hall with his bright orange hair. Skyler was enough to all of us. If only he saw how enough he was to everyone around him. He is loved. And he will be missed more than any measurable amount.

Kimberly Di Ciolli

April 7, 2018

I started at IMC in February. I remember Skyler with his reserved yet great smile, a gentle heart, and a strong leadership. I am devastated that I didn’t get the opportunity to know Skyler more and more. But I could tell he had great humor from the fun banter others shared with him in the department. He was such an incredible man .