Posted on June 2, 2015
Trevor Barton Linderman ran home on May 29, 2015 just as the birds began to sing outside the windows of the home he shared with his family. He packed a lot of heart, adventure, wonder, love, and generosity of spirit into his short 31 years. Trevor spent 13 of those 31 years on a difficult journey with cancer—a journey that he undertook with astonishing dignity and style.
On February 1, 1984, in Burley, Idaho, Bart and Sandra Linderman welcomed their first child, Trevor Barton Linderman. He had a wonderful childhood growing up in the small Idaho towns of Oakley and Moore. Eventually, the Linderman family settled in Rexburg, Idaho. It was there that he honed his skills at teasing and loving his three younger siblings, Justin Robert, Hillary Rae and Stacey Renee.
From the very beginning Trevor was an avid and passionate learner, excelling in academics as well as scouting. He spent every summer from the time he was 14 working at Scout Camp. By 15, Trevor had earned his Eagle award. He attended Cedar Badge National Junior Leader Training Camp for nine years and served, at various times, as Chairman of the Board, Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Scout Master. He would go on to receive a Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow.
During high school, he participated in student government, leadership clubs, orchestra, tennis, and drama. But it was in speech and debate class at Madison High School that he would meet Chelsi--the girl that would change his life. What began as a beautiful friendship would later evolve into an epic romance.
During Trevor’s senior year in high school he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After undergoing successful surgery he spent nearly a year learning to regain movement and mobility, having been left with partial paralysis on the right side of his body from the surgery. Though this first test seemed more difficult than any could imagine, Trevor never lost his smile, or his depth of will to live and explore. He triumphantly walked across the stage at his high school graduation ceremony and then quickly moved on to Utah State University to carry on his family's Aggie legacy.
While at USU, Trevor and Chelsi reconnected and became inseparable as they hiked, camped, rock climbed, attended classes, studied and excelled as top performers on USU’s speech and debate team--and--after debating it long enough, they were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on August 17, 2006.
A year after their wedding, Trevor's brain cancer was back. Trevor bravely completed a second brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments while finishing his bachelor's degree in corporate communications and public relations as an Aggie. Trevor was recognized as the "Outstanding Graduate" in his graduation class.
After graduation, Trevor and Chelsi moved to Saint George, Utah, where he began and completed a second bachelor’s degree in accounting at Dixie State University. Once again, he graduated at the very top of his class. During this time, he also began working for OveractDev Technology Partners as an intern who would go on to become the manager of operations--though his favorite title was, STGBC (smooth talking, geeky, bean counter). Bestowed on him by the president of the company, STGBC, appeared on Trevor's business cards, courtesy of the president.
In March 2010, Trevor and Chelsi welcomed the most perfect daughter into this world, Ivie Thelma Linderman, and as Trevor held her in his arms for the first time he said, “Now we are a family.”
At the request of his past professors, and now dear friends, Trevor eagerly agreed to teach accounting courses as needed for Dixie State University from 2012-2014. He loved his students and colleagues.
He also began his advanced studies at Southern Utah University, and earned master degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. He spoke at SUU's graduation ceremonies as the top graduate of his class. Trevor never earned below a 4.0 GPA in any of his academic endeavors.
On June 8, 2013, a son, Liam Barton Linderman completed Trevor and Chelsi’s family. Shortly after, the Linderman family left the red rock desert that they loved and moved to the mountains to begin a new adventure in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Trevor joined the Vivint Solar Family as a regional manager of the CAD department.
After celebrating their first Christmas in their new home, Trevor and Chelsi learned that Trevor's cancer had returned. In January 2014, Trevor began a very physically demanding part of his journey, all the while continuing to live life on his own terms--as a traveler and a wanderer, soaking up every second on this big, beautiful planet.
During the past year, Trevor explored his interior and exterior worlds by becoming a traveler, adventurer and philosopher. He kissed his wife at the top of the Empire State building, flew his family's American flag over Fort McHenry, walked with siblings on the beach in Mexico, sampled every kind of salsa to be found, played a lot of chess, hiked mountains, climbed peaks, built campfires, sang songs, cooked Dutch oven dinners, walked his dog, played with, read to and held his babies, made new friends, began an affair with a motorcycle, reconnected and celebrated life with so many friends from new and far, enjoyed the beauty of sound as members of the music community played in private home concerts just for him, and embraced everything and everyone he came in contact with.
Trevor meant different things to different people. To his friends, he was an always-ready hiking buddy and the life of the party. To his colleagues, he was an intense team member and kind mentor. To his students, he was an instructor who challenged and inspired them to do more and be more. To his grandparents, he was their on-call “IT’ guy and devoted grandson. To his cousins he was always up for pizza and a night of talking and fun. To his mother, Sandra, he was a hero and a pure joy. To his, father, Bart, he was a practically perfect son who could do almost anything. To his siblings, Justin, Hillary, and Stacey, he teased with love and offered support in only the ways that a big brother can. To his daughter Ivie, he was the silliest and most handsome Friday night date. To his baby boy, Liam, he was the greatest narrator of bedtime stories short and long. To his wife, Chelsi, he was a kindred spirit, a confidante, and a love that will last an eternity.
And now Trevor is a spirit exploring new and wonderful wilderness.
He is survived by his wife, Chelsi, daughter Ivie and son Liam Linderman
Parents, Barton and Sandra Linderman
Brother, Justin (Mikelle) Linderman
Sisters, Hillary LInderman and Stacey (Ben) MacAffee;
Grandparents, In-laws, Cousins, Aunts and Uncles that he loved
Friends near and far too numerous to count
And the best dog in the world.
A viewing will be held for family and friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015 and on Friday, June 5, 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home: 646 E 800 N, Orem, UT, 84097. Funeral services will immediately follow the Friday-morning viewing. On Saturday, June 6, 2015, another viewing will be held from9:45-10:45 a.m. at Flamm Funeral Home: 61 N. 1st E., Rexburg, ID, 83440. Internment will take place at Sutton Cemetery after the viewing.
For those inclined, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Zion's Bank to The Trevor Linderman Donation Account, or in person at any of the services. These funds will be used to provide scholarships for students on the Utah State University Collegiate Speech and Debate Team, and in the Accounting program at Dixie State University, so that Trevor's deep passion for learning may live on and on and on.