Our beloved Ryan passed away on the evening of September 29, 2020 in the arms of his loving father, Dan. His passing took a huge piece of our hearts with him.
Ryan graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2014. His all-time favorite teacher was Dennis Liddell. He was not only just a wonderful teacher, he was his mentor, his inspiration, greatest supporter and friend. He meant the world to Ryan.
Ryan’s first job after graduating was at Skechers where he worked with his friend Trevor. Ryan and Trevor had a remarkable way of making each other laugh with their hilarious antics. Next, he worked for Home Depot where he met his great friend Thiago, and many other friends. It wasn’t long before Ryan had taught his new friends how to have fun at work with silly antics, whether it was throwing shoes, climbing the racks or flipping each other with rubber bands. Although he had a serious and professional work ethic, Ryan knew how to make work fun. In 2018 he attended the Utah School of Phlebotomy and graduated in November 2018. Ryan was excited to come home and try out his new found skill on his mom, dad and every banana & orange in the house, but he decided sticking others wasn’t as much fun as he thought it would be. Next, Ryan had found the job of his dreams, at Lashbrook - making rings, his life passion, where he made many new friends. He loved working with metals and learning a new craft. He had taken 2 years of jewelry classes in high school and spent many hours in the garage at home making and creating his own creative rings from scratch.
Ryan’s amazing friend Brad was right in the mix of things during the school years, whatever Brad didn’t think of Ryan did. One was the match and the other was the fuse. They knew how to have fun! Ryan was honored to be Brad’s Best Man at his wedding.
In his youth, he was shy and reserved, but could let his hair down for a little while with this childhood friends. Ryan was very active, energetic and always wanted to know how things worked. As a child he was always busy with his friends Jaime, James and Austin, riding skateboards, pulling the neighbors in his wagon, rollerblading down steep driveways, building forts, throwing mud, making money at his lemonade stand and riding bikes. When it was cold outside he was busy inventing and building his own creations with materials he found around the house.
Ryan was fascinated by anything that would explode. He loved fireworks!! When he was in 2nd grade, he was hit in the left eye with firework debris. A yellow Black Cat smoke ball was lit in the street and it exploded and hit him in the eye. It took a year to heal but the experience didn’t sway his love of fireworks. Every summer he went with his family to Wyoming to light them. While he was recovering from the firework accident, his faithful cat was always next to him and brought him great comfort. One time he was laying on the couch in pain, his cat, Slim, went into his room and got his favorite stuffed animal and brought it to him to make him feel better. As an adult, he researched how fireworks were made to make such an array of colors and patterns. When professional fireworks went off, he could tell you the exact name, mix and weight of each one. He also loved world history and could recite detailed information about any war that had occurred.
His Dad was the easy going, fun loving one who had a great sense of humor, loved music, dancing and taught him the importance of hard work. He took the family on exotic vacations and cruises. He was always game to take a trip or just go for a long car ride with Ryan, just the two of them, to get away for a while. Ryan’s Dad was always Ryan’s 1st “go to” person if he wanted to talk. He felt free to express his concerns, world events or anything with his Dad. His Dad was always ready to bring new perspectives to Ryan through humor to get him to cheer up. His Dad would always say “Yes” when Mom said, “No”. His Dad was always the world’s best back scratcher. He enjoyed making his Dad laugh, injecting his spontaneous wit and humor into any conversation. Ryan would barge in to his Dads home office with the latest you-tube sensation just to see his reaction. His Dad held him in the last moments of his life.
His Mom taught him to love people, sunrises and sunsets, to see the beauty in all of Gods creations. He loved all living creatures and would even stop to pet a bumble bee if he saw one. She taught him to be grateful always and to serve the community with a happy heart. To love America. His Mom was his spiritual guru and he was hers. They had a special bond and knew each other on a different spiritual level. Because she was the only girl in the house, she was surrounded by the joys of Ryan and his friends and their mischief. She enjoyed getting involved in the flip each other with a rubber band game with them. With no other siblings being raised in the house, Ryan had no one to blame for mishaps. Like the time he wrote all over the kitchen table & bedroom doors with a sharpie and blamed it on his cat or when he wiped boogers on his bedroom wall, and said it was definitely “the cat”. His mom was never upset about the “cat” misbehaving, she grabbed her camera and took a picture to save the memory. There were a lot of these special photo memories! Ryan would gladly take his mom shopping, as long as they could avoid the “bra & panty” sections of the stores.
Ryan said that his grandpa, Bud Garner, and his cat Slim were his heroes. Bud was a master mechanic and built engines for cars and race cars. He loved spending time with him in the garage where he showed him how to repair engines and they spent many hours drilling holes in boards and working in grandpas garage.
He loved his grandma Lois. He loved helping her with whatever she needed. She always had the best hugs and special treats to share with him. He loved going to California to visit his grandpa Dave and family and spending time on the beach with them.
Ryan adored his sister Jessi and his niece Abby. They spent a lot of time together going to concerts, taking walks in the forest, singing made up songs, sharing thoughts on life and the universe, watching movies and being silly. He was always a good sport when Abby wanted to dress him up as a Disney princess and they invented many games to play.
Jessi was 20 and in her first year of college when her parents announced that they were expecting a little brother for her she thought that they were joking. But she soon learned what a joy it is to have a little brother. They loved attending Holi: Festival of Colors where they had a blast throwing the colors into the air, and at each other and leaving colorful handprints on the Temple.
Ryan was very sentimental. He never wanted anyone or anything to ever feel unloved or unwanted. He took the time to notice the special, wonderful things in life. He was able to feel the emotions of others without them saying a word. He had the strength of a warrior when needed and yet the heart of a loving spirit. Ryan was loved by all and had great love for his family and friends. He adored his grandparents, his sister and niece Abby and all of his family members. Although he tried with all of his might, he struggled to find his normal in this crazy world, he was unable to find whatever it was he was looking for. He took a piece of our hearts with him but we know he will, now and forever, be our greatest guardian angel and protector. Ryan would want to thank a special friend, Bill Draney for always being there for him. Ryan would want to express his great love and appreciation for all of his wonderful friends. He loved and treasured every moment he spent with them. He will live forever in our hearts. The family would like to express their heart felt gratitude to Ellen and Albert Urquidi, Cindy Richards, Doug Cole, the Park Second Ward, Midvale, Utah, family, friends and neighbors, the emergency responders for all of their love, comfort and support.
He is survived by his parents, Dan and Lori Chittock, grandmother Lois Garner, grandmother Laura Elsasser, grandfather David Chittock, sister Jessica Walter (Bryce), niece Abigail Walter, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Melvin E. (Bud)Garner and grandfather Robert (Bob) Elsasser.
His viewing will be held on October 10, 2020 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 Bengal Blvd., (7600 So.), Cottonwood Heights, Utah and a graveside services will be held directly after at 1:00 pm at Memorial Mtn. View Cemetery. 3115 East Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Masks and distancing would be appropriate.
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Saturday, October 10, 2020
11:30am - 12:30 pm (Mountain time)