Miguel Elias was born September 3rd, 1998 and departed this life on March 10, 2017, at the age of 18. He was a kind and lively spirit, who loved his peers as much as they loved him.
Although he was faced with physical limitations, Miguel didn’t let that get in the way of spreading his brightness and positivity throughout Logan High. He always lived life to the fullest, and never let anything get in the way of that.
Tashina Meaker, who has been his teacher throughout his time at Logan High, said, “Miguel may have been small in stature, but he had a giant presence in whatever environment he was in.” He also had an infectious laugh, and was always so grateful whenever someone assisted him.
"He never had trouble making friends because he was a people person, and he loved getting to know everyone. He definitely was a big part of Logan, and he will never be forgotten."
Some things that never failed to put a smile on Miguel’s face were the topics of sports and race cars. One of his favorite games to play on his iPad was his virtual basketball game. Miguel also enjoyed so much of his high school experience. He loved to attend games, dances, pep assemblies, seminary, PE, and art classes. He was also involved in the Grizz Kids Club.
Miguel’s funeral was held on Wednesday March, 22 at the Nibley Stake Center. There was a closed casket viewing from 1:30-2:40 p.m. with the funeral starting at 3 p.m. As everyone gathered, a feeling of love for Miguel permeated the air.
The end of the funeral service included a release of blue balloons in remembrance of this special young man. It was such a touching experience, touching to see how our school could come together to honor him.
Carley Guevara when sharing her favorite memory of Miguel said, “I just think the best memory was how happy he always was and how he could always make someone’s bad day a little better. He never had trouble making friends because he was a people person, and he loved getting to know everyone. He definitely was a big part of Logan, and he will never be forgotten.”
“Miguel chose to be happy despite all the trials and everyday despite the adversity and trials he faced at times,” Meaker said in her eulogy at the funeral.
Miguel was an example to us all on how to choose happiness over all the challenges in life. The students and faculty of Logan High are heartbroken to have lost such an inspiring and selfless student, but know that he will still be in our hearts and remembered whenever someone says, “Hey what’s up man?”
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