Family Of 12-Year-Old Boy Killed In Farm Incident Remember Him For Bringing Joy To Others
Mar 7, 2021, 6:32 PM | Updated: Jan 3, 2023, 9:09 pm
PALMYRA, Utah — A tragic farm incident that took the life of a 12-year-old boy has left a Utah County family and community in mourning.
Saturday afternoon in Palmyra, George Dunbar Oldham was out on his family’s field with his dad and younger brother.
“The two brothers were riding bicycles and the father was driving a side-by-side with some kind of a farm trailer behind it,” said Utah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
That’s when deputies said George fell onto the path of the farm equipment his dad was driving.
“We don’t know exactly what happened, except the boy fell and ended up getting hit by the equipment, and he sustained serious head injuries,” said Cannon.
Despite desperate attempts to revive him by family and first responders, George did not survive.
“His injuries were too severe and they were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Cannon.
Late Saturday night, George’s mom shared her thoughts on Facebook, saying in part: “This is a post I thought I would never in my life write, but I couldn’t close my eyes after today without thanking George and Heavenly Father for letting me be his Mom for 12 amazing years. I have wet my pillow with tears looking at pictures from his life. He brought so much joy to our family.”
George’s mom shared he was the leader of the pack and best friend to his four siblings.
The family lived in several states, including Missouri, Michigan, and Montana, before settling back in Utah County.
As George’s family and community mourned his passing, they took comfort in their faith and remembered him as a joyful big brother and athlete, whose loud singing in the shower would be sorely missed.
“We don’t have any reason to believe that there was anything being done that was reckless or careless,” said Cannon. “Dad was doing what dads do on a farm, and the boys were there helping dad with what boys help dads with on a farm, and the accident happened.”
A GoFundMe* has been set up to help George’s family cover funeral expenses.
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Full statement from Oldham family:
“This is a post I thought I would never in my life write, but I couldn’t close my eyes after today without thanking George and Heavenly Father for letting me be his Mom for 12 amazing years. I have wet my pillow with tears looking at pictures from his life. He brought so much joy to our family. He was my first born, the one who traveled from Utah to Missouri to Utah to Michigan, to Montana and back to Utah again with us. He was the world’s biggest cheerleader for everyone. Friends, family, cousins, you name it. He forgave everyone. He loved music and preferred one with a great beat, he sang every single time he was in the shower at the top of his lungs. He was a big brother and a leader of the pack. He made me laugh, always told me how much he loved me- and thanked me for everything. He had great style and was such a handsome kid. He was the worlds pickiest eater, he was a lover of sports and looked forward to each one with the new season. He always wanted to do what was right. He was his brothers best friend, he was a dreamer with dreams bigger than you would believe, he had a heart of gold. He was a loyal lover of his cousins and family. He was a massive part of our life and my heart and it is so hard to imagine him not here with me. I don’t know what tomorrow brings but I knew that I wanted to publicly thank him for the opportunity he gave me to be his mama. I loved him with all my heart. Although it is really hard to make sense of this I’m grateful for the knowledge that the Savior lives. He Loves us. And that is the only comfort that I have right now. He was my buddy. He was my friend. And he was a good, good boy.
‘Moreover, we can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.’ – Russell M. Nelson.
So many earthly angels have stepped in for us today and I am forever grateful. Please visit us Georgie boy because we miss you so much already. As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”