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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the handsome Cole Lloyd Cragun, who took his own life on Friday, May 5th 2023. Cole was a complex man, with a kind heart, quick wit, and a solid sense of humor.
Cole was born in Ogden on February 11th, 1978 and spent his early years there, surrounded by a loving family. He loved hunting ducks and fishing, especially with his sons, Corbin and Clyde. He was a talented handyman, always offering a hand to help with repairs for family and friends. Cole had a spunky personality and always told you how it was, through his eyes. He mimicked the “SpongeBob Laugh” so well, we all thought they had to be related. He gained the infamous nickname “Coley Oley Buttholey” from his parents as a kid, it stuck with him among family.
Once, when he was little, he had a dream that he went to Hawaii with Jesus, he swore it was real. We hope that dream has come true, and if anyone could make it happen, it would be Cole.
As our family reflects on his life, we’re reminded of the great times we shared with him. His daughter, Lilly thinks fondly of the times spent camping at the Willows and riding jet skis at Pineview. His sister, Tiffany would throw themed parties, but it was never a true party until Cole showed up. He used his handyman skills to rescue his nephew, Tryston’s keys from his car one day.
As a young man, he struggled with the pressures of life and turned to alcohol to cope. Despite attempts at rehabilitation and support from his family and friends, Cole continued to struggle with his addiction throughout his life.
Although Cole's addiction caused him much pain and hardship, he was also a deeply caring and empathetic person. He had a natural ability to connect with others and was always there to lend an ear or offer a helping hand. Cole made friends quickly and with such ease, it was admirable how he would hit it off with most anyone. He loved deeply and worked hard for so long to create a loving home.
Sadly, Cole’s battle with alcohol addiction eventually took its toll, and he reached a point where he felt he could no longer go on. Despite the efforts of his loved ones to support him and help him find a way forward, he made the difficult decision to end his life.
Cole’s passing is a tragic loss. We will remember him for the good times and the love he brought into our lives. We honor his memory by acknowledging the struggles he faced and by working to destigmatize addiction and mental health issues.
He was preceded in death by: his best friend and mom, Ginnie Cragun; his dad, Randy Cragun; and his son Devin Cragun.
He is survived by: his children, Corbin and Lilly Cragun, Clyde Schwab, Courtney Sellers ; his grandson, Devin Cragun; his sister, Tiffany [Douglas] Conorich; his nieces and nephew, Scarlett and Violette Conorich, and Tryston [Channa] Case.
We hope that Cole has found peace with Jesus in Hawaii. His life was not easy, but he will always be remembered as a kind, funny, and spunky person who touched the lives of many.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues or suicide ideation, please call or text 988 to get help and guidance.
Donations can be made for the family by visiting https://gofund.me/7853a4db
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