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Alix Nikolai Root, age 17, relocated to heaven on March 22, 2023. He was born in Ogden on February 8, 2006, to Ian Root and Amber Johnston. He attended Layton High School where he was passionate about music and history.
In his free time, he enjoyed many evenings playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends from school. He was also an excellent bowler for the Northridge High School team and the Davis Youth League where he was awarded with a trophy for a high game Hdcp of 311, and his youth league team took 3rd place in the Davis sport kids league 2022-2023. He was really active in his church where he became a Priest in just 1 short year and would pass and bless the sacrament every chance he got. He really found his community there as if he was the puzzle piece they were always missing. Everyone enjoyed his presence and welcomed him with open arms and for that we will be eternally grateful.
Alix was a bright star that would always light up the darkest room when he would walk in. He would always make us smile when we were having a bad day and make you smile when you needed some extra love. Through his “half hugs” you knew he held a place for you in his heart and loved you. He was a very special kid and everyone he met would love him, there wasn’t anyone who didn’t like him- everyone loved him because he was a great kid. He was so smart, and he used his knowledge to the best of his ability. No matter how mad you could be at him you could never be mad at him for more than 5 seconds because he was such a bright soul.
His cousin, Jack, put it best that, “Alix was unabashedly himself, easily the most compassionate person you've ever met and eloquently used every second of his life.”
He always wanted to be telling jokes. He did not have a mean bone in his body. The only time he would show anger is when people were being mean to the people he loved. He was especially protective of his sister, Evanjalean, who he loved very deeply and enjoyed doing everything he could with her from video games and basketball to watching movies while getting a face mask done on our “girl’s nights”.
In his early years he was diagnosed with autism and was told he would not be able to do things that the other kids could do. Everyone, even some of his teachers, told us he wouldn’t be able to do most things, but he showed everyone that he could do whatever he believed he could do. He proved all the experts wrong by getting himself out of the learning center, growing into advance placement classes, composing music on his guitar, and working hard at getting his driver’s license, all while being on a path to becoming an electrical engineer and a world changing rock star. All things we were told that he would never be able to accomplish.
He also had earned his green belt in Karate from Valor Academy of Martial Arts. Alix was a gifted martial artist that earned him a position on the Valor Demonstration Team for 3 consecutive years. Alix became a member of the scout program where he loved camping. He earned merit badges and accomplished a 50-mile bike ride all while making many friends.
Alix and his cousin, Jack, started a rock band, named Black Rose though it was always in a state of evolution, where he was the lead electric guitarist. He worked late into the night with his cousin, Jack, to compose and write music for their rock band. They kept bouncing back and forth between being a grunge rock band and a punk rock band. He loved playing his guitar whether it was electric or acoustic.
He is survived by his parents, Ian Root (father), Amber Johnston (mother), Joshua Johnston (father), and Natasha Root (mother); his siblings, Evanjalean (sister), Trinity (sister), Logan (brother), Zacary (brother), Daysha (sister), Lochlan (brother), and Tavian (brother); grandparents, Sharrie and Mike Spendlove, Mary and Jim Root, Darla and Gerry Johnston, Dee and Craig Nelson; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by Tonia Eatough (Nana); George Eatough (Papa); Virginia McDonald (Great-Grandma); Linda Spendlove (Great-Grandma); Winnie Wantland (Great-Grandma).
The viewings will be held 5:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary,1867 N. Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah 84041 and 12:00 to 1:30pm on Friday, March 31, 2023, at the LDS Church, 1708 West 800 North, Clinton, Utah. Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah.
Services will be held at the church beginning at 2:00pm Friday, March 31, 2023. No dress code is required, just please wear an item of red to honor Alix.
Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com
Thursday, March 30, 2023
5:00 - 8:00pm (Mountain time)
Lindquist's Layton Mortuary
Friday, March 31, 2023
12:00 - 1:30pm (Mountain time)
Friday, March 31, 2023
Starts at 2:00pm (Mountain time)
Friday, March 31, 2023
Starts at 3:00pm (Mountain time)
Lindquist's Memorial Park at Layton
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