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Many honor Nick Longshore at memorial

About 350 remember beloved Canyon Country resident Nicholas Longshore

Posted: December 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

More than 350 people crowded the memorial service for a beloved Canyon High School and Brigham Young University football player Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canyon Country.

Nicholas “Nick” Longshore was remembered in the almost two-hour service by family members, including his mother DeAnn Longshore his siblings and friends of the family. He was 32.

Although the memorial was emotionally charged, DeAnn Longshore lightened the somber event by sharing fun memories and stories of her son.

“I’m so honored to be his mother,” she said. “Nick was a good man.”

Inside the pamphlet handed out at the service, memorial attendees found a “One Free Small Slurpee” coupon with a photo of Longshore from 7-Eleven on Whites Canyon Road in Canyon Country, which Longshore frequented.

“Nobody loved Slurpees more than Nick,” DeAnn Longshore said, musing over her son’s love of the drink.

Longshore died on Nov. 20, a week after complications from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He had 10 broken ribs and sustained an “open-book” pelvic fracture.

Despite the fatal injuries, DeAnn Longshore said doctors were able to save his vital organs, which were donated to six people.

Family friend Greg Crow also shared stories with the crowd.

“He was an all-American boy — the boy next door,” Crow said. “He was the boy mothers loved and the boy fathers wished their sons would be like.”

Longshore played football throughout high school and later moved on to play for BYU, after originally playing for California State University, Northridge before the program was disbanded.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and visited the Philippines during a church mission from 2000-2002.

Longshore leaves behind his pregnant wife, Caroline, who is due in April 2014. A few days before he died, they found out they were expecting a baby girl, their second child.

The couple was about to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of their first child, Colton Todd Longshore, who was delivered stillborn.

Through fundraising on Giveforward.com, the Longshore family raised more than $28,000 to help pay for funeral expenses and support Longshore’s expecting wife.

“He fought — Nick, he was a fighter,” Crow said. “He fought for Caroline. He fought for his family. He set his goals, and he patiently and diligently pursued them.”

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