Connor Anthony Kirkland “KingConn” to those who knew and loved him, was unexpectedly taken from our lives on August 23, 2023. A light in our lives has forever been dimmed as the loss of Connor has shattered our hearts. He was notoriously late to everything except for this at which he arrived all too early.
Connor brought immeasurable joy and warmth to the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His kind, compassionate and mischievous nature left an unforgettable mark on the hearts of friends, family, and everyone who crossed his path. He had this incredible way of embracing life at 100% and had a contagious excitement. He was always a phone call away and would drop anything to help someone in need.
While growing up in West Haven, his life was marked by a unique bond with those who knew him. No one else could make you so mad and then get you to laugh in the same moment; it was impossible to ever stay mad at him for long. He also had a special love for the sport of arguing; once he picked his position he would never back down and could not be convinced otherwise. His skill in using minute details to convince people of his point was unmatched.
He could often be found at the gym with friends and family working on his gainz and probably wearing an inappropriate t-shirt. He loved being active and was constantly looking for new ways to make sure that he was the best at whatever he was doing. His goal wasn’t just to participate, it was to break the records.
He developed lifelong friendships through wrestling, football, church, school and the gym. We can’t thank the people in his life enough that saw his potential and helped him grow.
Connor was always curious and asking questions. He preferred learning how to do something himself rather than paying someone to do it for him. He loved being involved with all the fun and exciting projects but this passion did not always extend to the day to day chores. He would never accept defeat and was always determined to find a solution no matter the situation.
Connor always appreciated the unique details of life and once he was passionate about something he was all in and loved to share them with those around him. He lived his life believing he was one step ahead of everything and that rules were best applied to everyone else but not to himself.
We are heartbroken Connor had to leave us so early but are comforted by the knowledge that we will see him again. He was loved by so many around him and we will cherish Connor’s life for the gift it was. He is survived by his parents - Teri and Tony Kirkland; Brothers - Kyler, Caden and Kale (Breeann); Grandparents - Ila Walker, Dennis (MaryAnn) Kirkland, Lex (Bev) McCormick, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends he considered family. He was preceded in death by his grandpa Ken Walker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at the Kanesville Stake Center, 4555 West 4000 South. The family will meet with friends Tuesday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center.
Interment, West Haven Cemetery.
Services will be live streamed and available at www.lindquistmortuary.com where memories and condolences may also be sent to the family.