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Asher James Hamilton passed away peacefully in the arms of his parents on March 25, 2023. He left this earth in a similar fashion as he came into it: surrounded and supported by the amazing healthcare providers at Utah Valley Hospital. He was four days away from turning two.
Asher is the son of Connor and Ariel Hamilton (Ray) of Mapleton, Utah. He is survived by one sibling, Rooney.
His maternal grandparents are Sal and Colleen Ray of Hilo, Hawaii; paternal grandparents are Brian and Kim Hamilton of Vineyard, Utah; in addition, he has numerous extended family who love him dearly.
Asher was born on March 29, 2021. When he was 20 weeks in utero, his parents discovered through an ultrasound and subsequent amniocentesis that he had a genetic condition called Chromosome 10 Disorder, or Distal Trisomy 10q. It was clear early on that Asher was a fighter, as he already faced so many medical challenges before he was even born but he was overcoming every obstacle needed to stick around.
The first four months of Asher’s life was spent in the NICU. He was born without any eyes (anophthalmia), moderate to severe hearing loss, a heart condition called Ebstein’s Anomaly, brain abnormalities, multiple other organ concerns, and weighed a small but mighty 3 lbs. 9 oz. Asher also needed breathing support his entire life, immediately being intubated after birth and staying on a ventilator for about two months as well as a feeding tube. After 130 days of fighting and slow but steady progress, Asher was able to come home to meet his sister Rooney for the first time.
Asher’s life was filled with many medical interventions, therapy and doctor appointments, and physical challenges, but it was also filled with so much love, joy, and support. He was an example of resilience and unconditional love. Asher loved a good back scratch and showed his happiness by blowing bubbles and holding his sweet hands together. He also loved kicking his little legs in the bath and getting snuggles and kisses from his family.
Asher had a hard time expressing himself but anyone who met him could sense what a sweet, special spirit he had. He brought out the calmness and gentle side of any child who came across him. He inspired us all to be the best versions of ourselves, and taught us lessons of patience, hope, and strength. He is so greatly missed and will continue to be missed during this earthly life.
Services will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm at the Historic Mapleton White Church chapel located at 31 W Maple St., Mapleton, Utah. A viewing for family and friends will be held Saturday just prior to the funeral service at the church and burial will be at the Mapleton Cemetery. The viewing and burial service will be by invitation only.
We look forward to celebrating Asher’s life every year in March by organizing fundraisers for organizations and foundations that made it possible for us to provide excellent medical and therapeutic care for Asher. In lieu of flowers, we encourage all to show their support by donating to the early intervention programs we worked closely with during Asher’s short life: Kids Who Count (https://kidswhocount.org/ways-to-give/) and Provo Early Intervention (https://www.esgw.org/make-a-gift/).