Tanner Christian Lund, 12, died February 27, 1998 having had his life extended three years from the onset of cancer.
Tanner was born August 8, 1985 in Provo, Utah to Steve J. Lund and Kalleen Kirk Lund. Tanner was a deacon in the LDS Edgemont 8th ward, a Webelos Cub Scout, a Boy Scout, and a member of Mrs. Sakaguchis Rock Canyon Elementary 6th Grade Class.Tanner was a doer. Almost as if he knew his time would be short here, he always had a sense of urgency. He couldn't seem to get all of his Christmas presents open because each had to be played with and put together before moving on to the next. He aspired to greatness, wanting to grow up to be a Cub Scout leader. Mostly, though, he aspired to wringing every ounce of joy out of every hour of life. He loved to fish, and to make things with his hands. He loved to read, devouring over 100 books in the past 12 months. He hated math, teased his brothers and sisters to distraction, and couldn't be bothered to tie his shoes on a bribe.
He loved people, and people loved him. When he discovered that the staff of Primary Childrens Medical Center were predominantly U of U fans, he became an avid BYU fan, apparently just to balance his relationship with those tasked with poking and prodding him. He was never so happy as with a room full of children. He would wear himself out doing whatever had to be done until everyone was having as much fun as he.
In 1995, he underwent a harrowing bone marrow transplant, then spent 10 weeks unconscious on a life support ventilator, recovering against all odds at the hands of the PCMC PICU Team. (And all the while, they knew that if he woke up he'd start making fun of the U again). His will to live became legend within his family and within the hospital community. Through faith and love and skill, two full priceless years were obtained.
He was sustained by the faith and prayers of literally thousands of people who barely knew him but who responded to a wonderful child in harms way. Tanner was the 1996 Poster Child for the IHC Blood Drive. He required hundreds of units of blood products selflessly donated by strangers to give an unknown child a chance at life.
Tanner is survived by his mother and father, Kalleen and Steven J. Lund; his sisters, Christine and Kelsey; and brother, Ryan. He is also survived by his grandparents, Don and Margene Kirk of Tooele, Utah; and Jay and Toy Lund of Roby, MO.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Edgemont 8th Ward Chapel, 3050 Mohave Lane, Provo. Friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo and at the Edgemont 8th Ward chapel Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills.