It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear son Tyler Smits at the age of 21.

Tyler was born in Okotoks, Alberta and moved to Cranbrook with his family in 2006. He graduated from MT. Baker in 2011 and was pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry working in northern Alberta.

Tyler loved his sporting activities, especially playing hockey and golf and camping out with his brothers and sisters in the summer. He is survived by his father John and stepmom AnneMarie, his brothers Justin and Layton, sisters Tamara and Alysha. Tyler was predeceased by his mom Janice in 1999 and his grandfather and grandmother Walter Smits 2000, and Gelske Smits in 2013, and uncle Peter Smits 1977.

Tyler will be dearly missed by his many uncles and aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces along with his many friends.

Tyler was loved by all and will be forever in all our hearts. Tyler you left us far too soon, and we will forever miss you and our hearts will ache with sorrow all the days of our lives. We love you and we trust that you are now safe in the hands of Jesus.

Memorial service to commemorate Tyler’s life to be held Thursday May 7th at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Cranbrook, BC at 12 noon. The grave side service will be held at the Okotoks Union Cemetery Okotoks, Alberta on Friday May 8th at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Young Life of Cranbrook.

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