On August 22, 2023, Jane Tyler took her last breath after a 13-month battle with a DIPG brain tumor. She died peacefully in the loving arms of her parents and older brother.
Jane was born on December 4, 2014, in Layton, Utah to parents Kate and Kristopher (Topher) Tyler. Her signature-look of bright, intelligent green eyes, curly blonde hair, and heart-shaped lips won us over. It wasn’t long after she was born that she made it clear she was in charge and had a lot to say. Jane was assertive and opinionated. One of her preschool teachers said, “Jane likes to be in charge and is the best skipper I’ve ever seen.”
Jane loved her life! She told her parents that if she were “reborn” she’d come back as herself; however, if that wasn’t possible, she wanted to be a “nice skunk.” She loved holidays, especially those that included gifts or candy. She loved rainbows so much that, for the longest time, her favorite color was simply “rainbow.” She loved dogs, kittens, the idea of bunnies (but not actual bunnies), making stop motion videos, cleaning windows, lining-up things, starting drama, telling people where to sit, and dancing. She disliked burnt food, swearing, messes, nonsense, and wedgies (but ironically insisted to wear her pants in a way that would give her wedgies). She had a wicked, dry sense of humor and was incredibly funny, which led her to many Jack Box victories. When Jane grew up, she wanted to be lots of things, like most kids. Most notably she aspired to be “a science experiment,” The Queen, a teacher, and a doctor. (Her tumor has been donated for research, so she was able to achieve one of those dreams.)
Jane had boundless energy. She learned how to ride a bike in an hour. She also channeled her energy into ballet and Irish dance – which likely resulted in her excellent skipping abilities. At home, she loved to dance, but usually when no one was watching. This is meant to be taken literally because she would often kick-out everyone from the living room so she could turn on music and dance.
Jane was very artistic and creative. She played the piano and loved doing crafts, coloring, and many other creative actives. She always made sure to color in the lines and would get very upset when someone was coloring with her and did not abide by that rule. Jane loved to make gifts for her friends and loved ones.
Jane also loved shopping and collecting things. To her parents’ chagrin, her favorite place to go was the mall. She loved collecting things like earrings, plush toys, Hello Kitty and her best friend My Melody, lip-glosses, hair accessories, stickers, notebooks, crocs, princess-garb, nail polish, and anything pastel and “kawaii.” Other hobbies and pastimes included: following rules (apart from lying to her parents about wearing a mask for a whole school year); ranking things; making lists; calendaring; cleaning; organizing; crafts; and having lots of friends. She was really into friends. She talked about her friends incessantly. Almost every day she’d ask if someone could come over and play.
Surviving family and friends will miss her terribly. The loved ones grieving her loss include her parents Kate and Kristopher (Topher), her adoring brother Jude and dog Bear. Her great-grandfathers Harris (Adams) and Frank (Anderson). Her loving, brokenhearted grandparents Eve and Dan (Carlsruh), Acelia and Donald (Fannon), and Harold (Tyler) and Connie (Worthington). The aunts and uncles who spoiled her rotten include Esther and Scott (Swasey), Rachel (Carlsruh), ranked initially 5th, but eventually moved to 3rd favorite uncle, Abe and Katie (Carlsruh), Sam and Ruby (Carlsruh), Alex (Tyler) and Nichole (Loser Nielsen), Drew (Tyler) and Steve (Thompson), Ryan (Fannon), and Zach, ranked 1st favorite uncle, (Fannon). She also leaves behind many cousins who will forever be affected by their deep love for Jane: Harold (Howie), Harris (Jessica and Levi), Adam, Logan, Evan, Oliver, Hank, Charlotte, Autumn, Paul, Noah, Lola, Hazel (her “bestie”), Millie, Eli, Brooks, and Nora. Her cool older “pals” from University of Utah’s medical school will forever be affected by their love for Jane, including Lexi (who Jane loved intensely and was with her till the end), Leah, Hannah, Alena, and many others. To honor the women of medicine she aspired to be, they will be her pallbearers. Finally, she leaves behind the scores of competent, kind, and genuine people (doctors, nurses, and aides) who provided world class medical care and prolonged her life significantly so we could be in her presence as long as possible. We especially wish to thank her aide Staci Shoell, her doctors Dr. Nicholas Whipple, Dr. Priya Chan, Dr. Matthew Poppe, Dr. Kathleen “Katie” Dorris, and the staff at Primary Children’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
We will be celebrating Jane’s life. A public visitation will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m.at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, and a luncheon at the Carlsruh residence 659 E Antelope Drive.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.
Guests may wear crocs to honor Jane’s croc obsession and are encouraged to wear colorful clothing or “princess-wear” to honor her love for all things rainbow, ornate and fanciful.
Flowers are welcome, as are donations to Gift from a Child. https://www.swiftyfoundation.org/take-action/donategfac/
Also, Northridge High School has dedicated their 7th annual “Cancer Awareness Game” to Jane, which will be held at Northridge on October 6, 2023.