Brendon Taylor Laird, age 18, of Greybull, Wyo., passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont., after a tragic motor vehicle accident.
Brendon was born April 30, 1996 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont. He was the son of Mike and Andrea (Soetmelk) Laird. He grew up in Greybull, Wyo., and was a student at Greybull High School. He would have started his senior year in August 2014.
Brendon loved riding horses, especially his horse, Jewels, working on his Ford trucks, working outdoors and doing a man’s job, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, welding, and spending time with his family and friends. The biggest thing he loved to do was to help others.
Brendon was an AMAZING young man with a heart of gold, big brown eyes, a hardy laugh, and his smile that lit up a room. Brendon was creative and loved working with his hands and enjoyed helping everyone, never thinking twice and never expecting anything in return. He never knew a stranger!
His future plans were joining the military and becoming a welder.
Brendon left this earth too soon but will always be remembered for the remarkable way he made people feel and for the many lives he touched and continues to touch. We have all been blessed to have had him touch our lives.
He is preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Eleanore Soetmelk; his Great-Grandma Christenson; his great-uncle, Terry Hamer; and his grandfather, Jimmy Soetmelk, who he loved very much.
Brendon is survived by his parents, Mike and Andrea Laird of Greybull, Wyo.; his sister, Brianna Marie Laird of Sheridan, Wyo.; his maternal grandmother, Diane Soetmelk of Greybull, Wyo.; his paternal grandparents, Garland and Mary Laird of Bagley, Iowa; his uncles and aunts, Troy and Tina Laird of Laramie, Wyo., Travis and Mo Laird of Manawa, Wis., and David and Jill Soetmelk of Basin, Wyo.; and numerous cousins.
A Celebration of Brendon’s Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Greybull High School Gymnasium with Pastor Dave Seratt and Pastor B. J. Grimmett as co-officiants. A luncheon for family and friends will immediately follow the service in the Greybull High School Cafeteria.
Memorials in Brendon’s name will be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426-0471. A beneficiary for the proceeds will be decided at a later date.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.