December 8, 2003 ~ April 23, 2014
Kellen Lawrence Flanigan
(Dec. 8, 2003 – April 23, 2014)
It is with an unbearably heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son, Kellen Flanigan, at the age of 10. Kellen passed from his parents loving arms into God's on April 24, 2014.
Kellen is survived by his parents, Kevan and Bridget; his older sister Molly; younger sister Renny; and younger brother Weylin; a small army of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins; and a litany of pets, all of which he adored. He was a wonderful son, brother and friend to all, and will be forever missed.
Kellen was a kind, caring and sensitive soul, always looking to help or share with others. When asked his favorite subject, he would often inquire, "does recess count?" before admitting that Mandarin and the sciences were fun. He also loved to make others laugh, and would get very excited telling jokes and funny stories as they built to the punch line.
His passions included public speaking, which led to a recent but intense love of musical theatre and acting; sports, especially tennis and swimming; any video game he could get his hands on and master quickly; drawing, especially dragons and Pokemon; and spending time with his many friends and large family.
Kellen also had a love of all things aquatic, but in particular whales. Whether snorkeling with sea turtles, kayaking, whale watching, or writing research papers for class, Kellen always found inspiration among sea life. He planned to be an underwater photographer and work to save whales and ocean life.
Kellen's mother always called him her "Little Cousteau" because of his love of whales and marine life. Ironically, Kellen was lucky enough to meet Jean-Michel Cousteau at a book signing in 2012 and loved to learn about his mission to explore and preserve our oceans.
We are happy to share in Kellen's love of the sea and ask, in lieu of flowers, that you consider a donation to Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society (www.oceanfutures.org/kellen-flanigan ).
Kellen, a name that means "mighty warrior," was diagnosed in utero with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and persevered uncomplainingly through 3 corrective heart surgeries before the age of 3. Despite this challenge, Kell enjoyed a beautiful life, free from disability and sickness, until suffering from a severe clotting disorder which ended his life after a week long battle. He overcame more challenges during his all-too-short life than most of us will ever face, and did so with courage, fortitude and an ever-optimistic spirit. He made a big impact on a wide community of people and inspired us all to find our better selves.
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