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Rhett Carbine

June 6, 1999 — March 30, 2023

Salt Lake City

 

 

Rhett James Carbine

06/06/1999 - 03/30/2023

 

My wild and crazy adventure on the earth has concluded! I have finally cut the cord and am now free of the “honorable villain”, aka THE blasted oxygen concentrator.

 

Yes, I have joined the likes of Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Dobby, Professor Dumbledore, Technoblade, and Shakespeare, in leaving while still at the top of my game.

 

Let me tell you more about my “dash”. 

 

It all started with an eviction notice (induction). I relented and after a week-long stint in the LDS Hospital NICU, l came home on oxygen and a feeding tube. The medical professionals had said I wouldn’t make it past birth, but as you all know, I wasn’t one to conform from the very beginning.

 

It was a good run. No, a great run, but I can't take all the credit. USDB preschool and kindergarten (Upland Terrace), NorthStar Elementary, Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, Churchill Junior High, and Skyline High School, family, friends, peers, multiple anime characters, those who make memes, and of course, funny Tik Tok videos all contributed. My dad, Jaren, and I rocked a mean Pinewood Derby Car for several years, he helped me be the most decorated cub scout ever. No lie. My mom, Andrea, is amazing. Nay, mere words cannot express mine gratitude for mine mother, in all of the things the lady didst for me and mine life. My siblings Nikole (21), Gavin (17), and Dylan (15) are the absolute best! Please take good care of them like the priceless treasures they are.

 

I was born for food, mostly sushi and donuts (but not vile mint ice cream!), but then I found humor. The morbid yet clever jokes, silly puns, inclusive laughs, and witty humor. Mckay Starr (my BFF, we were an amazing team, we ought to have been brothers), my family, and multiple friends online and in person were pretty great too. Who am I kidding? I loved to help others laugh. I found joy in serving those around me and using my unique sense of humor to bring laughter and mirth to almost any situation. Attending school, playing video games, participating in drama practices/competitions, seeing several million doctors during the typical 9-5 “banker hours” (or should I say doctor hours), being a service missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being a groomsman, obtaining my driver’s license (woot woot!), and co-authoring a book “Make Your Own Wings”, really makes a man's life worthwhile.

 

I will admit that my dreams of being discovered by a Broadway talent scout were unfulfilled, but I did shine on stage for five seasons at the Utah Shakespeare competition in Cedar City, Utah. It did not disappoint! I saw fit to bequeath my time to various organizations including Angel’s Hands Foundation, Mascot Miracle Foundation, Utah Hope Kids, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospital. I also saw some other delightful things in my time here - Grizzlies hockey games, car shows, bike races, a music video with Eclipse 6, driving a boat on Bear Lake, the Polar Express, the Hogwarts Express, the zoo, epic surprise birthday parties, a family reunion “Summerfest”, and even Disneyland. It was magical, all of it.

In case you hadn’t heard the rumors, I dabbled in a few other things during my short stint of 23 years. I was particularly good at stumping the known medical field. For my 2nd birthday, I traveled with my parents to the NIH facility in Washington DC, to participate in a genetic study. Choose any medical specialty, it’s likely I saw a doctor from that field. From ENT, cardiology, pulmonology, genetics, audiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, craniofacial dept, etc… I’ve lost count. Let me tell ya, everyone knew my name! Even the radiology department knew my name.

 

They were so baffled that it took nearly 18 years for the specialists to finally determine my condition - called short rib polydactyly syndrome type 2. Yada, yada, yada… Let's talk about my real legacy though, which was sharing my wit and infectious energy with others despite the physical challenges that were ever-present.

 

What was I to this world, if not a beacon of light shining upon those who couldn't scan the internet for their own hilarious and entertaining comic relief? Some have said that my most exuberant attributes were: humor, compassion, patience, wisdom, kindness, moments of love, protection, leadership, thoughtful conversation, great company, comfort, acceptance, and chivalry. I guess what I am trying to say is that you're welcome and you owe me big time.

 

I know it's hard to believe, but I, the drama king and gamer extraordinaire, have finally leveled up and ridden off into the glorious sunset, leading onto my subsequent quest. My next mission is classified due to the grandiose nature of my responsibilities. The streaming channel of Rhett is now closed for business, but please continue to admire me, light candles, and send money. You know the deal. I love you all, this will be my last transmission. See you on the flip side.

 

Rhett always brought light and life to the room, and we would like for you to celebrate his life with us wherever you are located, in whatever way you’d like. During your celebration of Rhett, please take a photo in honor of him and share it on his Facebook page 🤟

 

Friends may visit with family from 5-8 pm on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. Bountiful, Utah

A private interment for family, will occur at a later date, at Lava Hot Spring Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to donate toward funeral expenses may reach out to Rhett’s  aunt, Emily Torgerson at 301-204-0734 or momem@mac.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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