Tyson closed his eyes forever on August 2, 2023, at the age of 31 years, 7 months, and 1 day.\nAlthough Tyson was NOT in this world as long as he should have been, he made a giant impact on everyone that knew him. \n\nTyson lived in Tooele, UT when he left us. Ty was born to Stella (Patnaude) Merrell and Don VanLeeuwen on Wednesday, January 1, 1992.\nTyson was raised in the Salt Lake County area by his mother, Stella Merrell and dad, Jerry Hunter.\n\nTyson took on the role of family protector at a very young age to his younger siblings and mother. Tyson is the eldest child of his mother’s five children, having two younger brothers and two baby sisters.\n\nTyson enjoyed spending time with family and friends whether it be a holiday, a birthday, or a family BBQ. Fishing, camping, target practice, off-roading, auto mechanics and anything outdoors are just a few of the things Tyson loved. He also enjoyed spending time with Tim in the garage or in the driveway working on and learning about the old cars that were from way before his time. Teaching his nephews how to fish and enjoying the outdoors while always being patient and caring with them. \n\nTyson has one of the biggest, kindest hearts. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone, anywhere. He would drop anything he was doing to help the ones he loved, never asking anything in return.\n\nTyson spent the last seven years with his beloved, April Kelly. Tyson & April enjoyed spending their days together, whether it was fishing, going for a drive, or tending to their pup, Nala. They also loved babysitting their nephews and niece while watching kids shows, playing video games, or horsing around.\n\nHaving Tyson in your life, you knew you were always loved and had a friend that you could count on. He is one of the most genuine people you would ever meet. \n\nTo Tyson, the word "step" did not exist. If he called you family, you WERE family. Tyson is extremely loved & missed by his very large surviving family members.\n\nMother Stella Merrell, her husband Tim Merrell\nHis love, April Kelly and their pup, Nala\nHis dad, Jerry (Michele Hunter)\nBonus mom, Michelle Hammer\nBrother, Dakota Hunter (Meranda), (nephew Braxton)\nSister, Shamrey Jones (nephews Dax, Axel, Atreus, and niece Azura)\nBrother, Zachary Hunter (Caitlin) \nSister, Shayla Hunter (Dakota Moffat) (nephews Josiah, KJ, and Weston) \nBrothers, Joshua Hunter (Heather) (nephews Toryn and Zander, and niece Luna) and Dilyn Rider\nSisters, Marissa & Tristin Hunter\nBrother Derik & Sister TearRa Dudley\nBrother, Kelsey Merrell, \nSister Kyra Burchfield (Connor) (nephew Orion and Reid)\nAunts Sammie Williams, Liz Porter (Uncle Eric), Tonya Harvey\nUncle Robert Walker\nAlong with all his cousins......that go on and on forever.\n\nPreceded in death by his \nMaternal grandfather, James Patnaude \nGrandmother, Irene Cox\nCousin, DJ Weaver\nGrandma, DeEtte Hunter \nBonus O'ma Vonda White\nUncle, David Merrell\nFather Donny VanLeeuwen\n\nA funeral will be held at 12:30pm, Monday, August 14th, 2023, at Tate Mortuary, with a viewing prior to the service beginning at 11:00am.