So this past weekend my family lost one of my cousins. This hit me in different ways.
And not really knowing what to do.
See here is the thing. He is my cousin, and I do love him and it is a really sad thing. But I didn't really know him. Growing up his mom never came around to family functions- so I didn't really know any of my cousins in his family- and when they did come I was to busy playing with his sister who was the one girl cousin my age! Then when I was in high school his mom passed away, then our grandma the next year, and our grandpa two years after that. I don't say this for sympathy but show how little we saw each other. Other then those 3 times I have not seen him in the past 6 years, at all. I know little details that have happened in his family, and seen a few of his family members but never him. I am so incredibly sorry to his siblings for another loss in their life. And to his wife, to become a widow so young. And I hope he is happy now. I hope he is no longer sad and feeling whatever it was that made him get to this point. I do love you Z and hope that you are happy.
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Z McDonald "My Best Friend" Our beloved husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend unexpectedly left his earthly home, we miss him dearly. Z was the son of Dennis and Laurel McDonald. He was born in Salt Lake City and was the fourth of six children. He was raised in West Bountiful surrounded by three sisters and two brothers. Z graduated from Mountain High School in 2003 and began work as a lot attendant at Larry H. Miller Ford. He excelled in his employment and received many promotions; his current position was as sales manager. Z had a passion for his work. Everyone who purchased a vehicle from him or engaged with him at work left knowing they had been taken care of by a man who truly loved what he did. He worked there for seven and a-half years. Z, along with his wife and little brother, had two dogs, Daxon and Jace, he was utterly devoted to them. Z enjoyed having fun: we all have memories of tossing the football; trips to the lake; hearing him revel in stories of playing racquetball with his brother, Veto; taking his wife Lindsey for rides on the motorcycle; running, yelling, tickling, laughing, and climbing with his eight nieces and nephews. Z loved music. Music was part of his every day from singing and playing funny instruments to blasting the radio and his iPod. Z loved to watch movies with his wife and in conversation was frequently throwing movie quotes and quizzes at whomever he was engaged with. Z dated and married the love of his life, Lindsey Parkin McDonald, in August of 2005. They shared five wonderful years together. She will hold dear the memories of all the different ways he expressed his love to her and the many nick names he used to express that devotion. She greatly misses him. I love you, babe! Z was preceded in death by his parents Dennis T McDonald and Laurel B McDonald, and his grandparents. He leaves behind his loving wife, Lindsey, whom he referred to as his "heart"; siblings Tavis "Veto" McDonald, Savannah (Justin) Leeper and children Caden and Carsen, Ian McDonald, Samara (Steve) Brinkman and children Brooklyn and Charlotte, and Sarah (Ben) Elmer; in-laws Dennis and Chris Parkin, Matthew Parkin, Scott Parkin (Doug Redding), Megan Parkin, Wendy (David) Shafer and child Ethan, and Jennifer (Daimian) Izatt and children Logan, Cason, and Raisa. Bye, love you. A viewing will be held at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main, on Tuesday, October, 12, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, October, 13, at Russon Brothers at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 prior to the service. Interment - Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com