Our beloved husband, dad, son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin, and friend passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021, after his most recent battle with liver disease. Chad’s life was truly filled with miracles and though he endured many health challenges, he faced them with faith, strength, and a positive attitude.
Chad Scott Freckleton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 12, 1980, to Robert Scott Freckleton and Emajane Carlile Freckleton. Chad is the oldest of four boys. He honored and respected his parents for how they raised their sons. They built a strong family relationship founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ and created many great and fun times together.
Chad met his eternal companion, Marcie Koller, during their high school years. They enjoyed many school dances and dates during high school. They continued their courtship following Chad’s service as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and were sealed together for time and all eternity on May 23, 2002, in the Salt Lake Temple. Their early marriage years were filled with work, education, and fun, and their friendship and love for each other was evident. They made every decision together and included each other in everything they did. They were truly united as one. They have three amazing children: Kayla (15 years-old), Taycee (9 years-old) and Zachary (6 years-old). Chad’s family and the gospel mean everything to him.
Chad understood the importance of education. He graduated from Hunter High School in 1998 and attended Snow College. After Snow College, Chad served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he believed Eugene, Oregon was the best mission in the world. He had close relationships with many of the missionaries and the people of Oregon, and he taught with the gift of proclamation. He was especially close with his mission president and wife, Ronald and Jodie Smart, and he greatly admired them. Upon returning from his mission, Chad worked for his dad at Redwood Camper and Trailer Sales. Chad had a special relationship with his dad as they worked together for many years. Chad attended the University of Utah and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Health. Chad showed his desire for furthering his education by obtaining his master’s degree in Health Administration in 2019.
Chad was diagnosed with cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver in July 2005. He endured many complications from the disease, but he fought through them with patience, strength, faith, and optimism. He never complained or dwelt on his challenges. He always brought joy to those around him, regardless of the pain he endured. He received his first liver transplant on June 30, 2009. He soared through his first transplant but received the difficult news that the hepatic artery had clotted off which meant he desperately needed another new liver. Chad received his second liver transplant on July 19, 2009. The second transplant was truly a miracle, and we are grateful for the 12 additional years of life his organ donors gave him. Chad loved sharing his transplant experiences with other people during various speaking opportunities. He wanted to share his testimony of using the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the power it gives to endure and find joy during the trials of this life.
Following Chad’s recovery from his second liver transplant, he received a job at the University of Utah Hospital in 2011. His work at the hospital was a blessing, and his experience as a patient was truly an asset in his role as a Quality Specialist for Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He loved his job, coworkers, and the work being done to improve patient satisfaction and quality care. He had a great desire to contribute to the excellent work being done at the University of Utah Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Hospital.
In addition to family and the gospel, Chad’s hobbies and interests include BYU football (he had season tickets every year), sports in general, caring for his home and yard, water sports, family vacations, playing board games, Friday movie nights, and serving others.
Chad is a noble and valiant son of our Heavenly Father. He loves the gospel and has a gift for sharing it with those around him through word and example. Chad served honorably in many callings, and he particularly loved serving the youth. He was a beloved Young Men’s leader and has greatly influenced those he taught for many years. Chad is strong in his testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ, and he honored his priesthood. He said one of his greatest blessings this past year was the opportunity to administer the sacrament to our family each Sunday during the pandemic. His motto is “Be Strong in Righteousness.” He truly helped others come closer to the Savior.
Chad is an amazing husband and dad and we adore him. He makes us laugh and his wisdom and gift of instruction are inspiring. Whenever Chad spoke in causal or formal settings, we listened. We are eternally grateful for his example of charity, sacrifice, service, hard work, fun, laughter, and real joy. We are grateful for the covenants we have made in the holy temple that bind our family together for eternity. We will strive to live worthy of those promised blessings.
Chad is survived by his devoted wife, Marcie Koller Freckleton, and his three loving children, Kayla (daughter), Taycee (daughter) and Zach (son). His parents Scott and Emajane, his brothers Jeff (Aubry), Derek (Jamie), and Jaren (Kira), his in-laws Ronald and Carol Koller, his grandmother Janice Freckleton, and many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Wilford Freckleton, Rulon and Jennie Carlile, sister-in-law Nikki Koller Baker, and nephew Harry Koller.
A viewing will be held Thursday, September 2nd 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary (3688 West 12600 South Riverton, UT 84065). An additional viewing will be held Friday morning, September 3rd 2021, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 6593 West Herriman Boulevard, Herriman, UT 84096. Chad will be interred at the Herriman City Cemetery.
Chad made a point of thanking each person by name who cared for him, and we are very grateful for the many healthcare workers and support staff who provided such great care. We are also grateful for family and friends who have uplifted us with their love, prayers, and service.
All are welcome to attend the viewing and funeral in person, but in honor of healthcare workers, we ask that you please wear masks while indoors. Alternatively, there will be a live video stream of the funeral services on Friday using the link below.
We know Chad has had an incredible impact on so many people. To share your thoughts, memories, and pictures of Chad or to view the funeral services, please use the following link: https://linktr.ee/chadfreckleton
We want to convey our loving sympathy to the Freckleton and Koller families. We were saddened to learn of Chad’s passing. Our son’s, who knew Chad, expressed their sorrow. Our family has pleasant memories of seeing Chad growing up in the West Point Ward. We know that our Heavenly Father will comfort Marcie and her children
Alan and Anela Dearden
Dear Scott and Emajane;
We were heartbroken to hear about Chad’s passing. We read the obituary just today, too late to attend the viewing or funeral. We can only imagine the hurt that you must be enduring. Please accept our condolences and sympathy. Of course we believe that Chad lives on, and that you will be joined again with him some day. We hope and pray that you will find some measure of comfort and peace. You are in our prayers.
Rob and Judy Reese
I am so sorry to hear of Chad's passing. He was such an inspiration to me. So thoughtful and kind. Marcie, you and your children are in my prayers. Never enough time.
To all the Freckletom family. We are saddened by Chad s passing. We have known a d loved him and of you for many years. Marci was such a great companion and you were such a great family through Chad s ups and down you kept a positive attitude always happy. We send you all our love and hugs. Love. Paul and Karen Steck
A faithful and Impressive young man, as beautifully expressed in his obituary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Marci, Carol, Ron, and families. Our Savior Jesus Christ and others under His direction, some of which are and will be unseen, will help you through your loss. We love you! ❤
I worked with Chad in 2013-2014. I remember one day we were working on a project for the Huntsman chemo center trying to improve wait times for chemo patients. We were trying to track how long each patient was waiting for their chemo to start from the time they arrived. There was a lot of waiting around. Chad took that time to tell me the story of his liver transplants. I was so impressed by his optimism, faith, and perspective about his experience. I have thought about his story many times since then.
I have always had so much respect for Chad. I could tell of his love for the Savior by his actions and the way he treated other. His steady and joyful demeanor made him very easy to work with.
I quit working in 2014 when I had my oldest son, but Chad came to visit us before we took our baby home from the (U of U) hospital.
My deepest condolences to Marcie, and the kids. He spoke always lovingly of his wife and kids. I’m sure he is watching over you now. I know I have felt my dad’s influence since he passed away 2 years ago. What a blessing it is to know that someday we can be reunited with our loved ones after this life.
I am so sorry about your loss and wishing you strength in this difficult time. We will miss Chad at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
I was fortunate to work with Chad for years at the University of Utah hospital and at HCH. Chad was always positive, thorough, and trustworthy in his work. He was also quick to laugh. I'll miss seeing him around the campus. My deepest condolences to his wife, children and family.
I had the privilege of working with Chad at Huntsman Cancer Hospital and it was a great collaboration. He always had a smile and kind words and was willing to take time to help me understand our quality reports. He was a wonderful person and coworker. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone he served at the hospital.
My heart is with you all during this tender time. I remember Chad as a sweet nephew and child who grew up to become a good and exemplary man. He left an indelible mark, and there is no doubt he "returned with honor." Until you are again reunited, may you be comforted and sustained with God's love.
We love the Freckleton family! Chad was Jason’s age and they went to school together. What fun times to see these two young men grow up as well as the rest of the family. We are sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the teachings of the gospel.
Love to everyone
Keith & Kathie
My heart is breaking for you and your young family. Chad is such a wonderful person. I loved working with him. He always looked for the positive in every situation. I will miss Chad so much. He mentioned to me what a wonderful and caring wife you are. Ensuring that everyone in your house stayed safe over this past 18 months.
Being a young widow with young children is not easy, but there are so many resources and people around you. Reach out, and don't be afraid to ask for help. The one piece of advice I share is something my uncle shared with me and it helped me so much. People will give you 6 months to grieve, and then they can't fathom why you are still grieving. I just passed my 5 year mark, grief has changed, but always present.
Love your children, Chad is an amazing person, and he will watch over them and be there.
Chad will be greatly missed.
Kimberly Story Kapp
Marcie & Family, we are saddened by Chad's passing. It has been inspiring to watch your family grow from the "little girl next door" to the amazing people you are today. Your family is precious & important to us. May the comfort of the Spirit be with you always. Love, Denice & Larry
Marcie and kids -- We are heart broken to hear of Chad's passing! My daughter and I worked with Chad both at the U Hospital and Huntsman. What a wonderful man, full of integrity and wisdom! We both loved him and cherished his friendship and kindness.
He will be sorely missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Just remember that he is always with you!
Dear Freckleton Family, We are so grateful for our long association with the Freckleton family! We know that the miracles of the past years emphasize how very much Chad put into the yeats he had. He is an impressive and loving example of the Gospel and his and the others of your family inspire many of us to do what the Lord sent us to do and accept the challenges as well. We send our love and condolences and our prayers for the peace you need now and for vivid memories of all the good things and example he left to you and all of us. Love and appreciation,
Kent and Connie
I can still see 12-year-old Chad on his first day of class at John F. Kennedy junior high as a seventh grader in my classroom. Even then he was well-groomed and attentive with such a happy smile and terrific attitude.
I am saddened by his death but pleased to know that his life was one of service and love shared with his family and others. What a joy to know him!
May “the peace of God that passes…understanding” be with each of you as you continue your many experiences.
We send heartfelt love and condolences to you and your family. Your memories will become cherished treasures and you'll be able to draw on those over time. Grief has many stages and it's okay to feel all of them.
Your Mom has been a good friend to me forever. I know she and your family as well as your faith in God will help see you through. Even in our darkest hours we are more loved and held closer.
Hugs to you and your precious children.
No words will replace the loss of a father or spouse. As life continues you will have hard moments where you will wish he was there. He will always be there in the face of your children, the love of your family, and in your hearts. More importantly at some of those times he will be present, you just won’t see him. Praying for your support from our Savior until you are all together again.
Marcie, what a priviledge we have of meeting your sweet family. I know we have always felt Chad's great faith through the messages he share with us. I remember him being one of the best home teachers we ever had. I remember him always coming to visit us all alone, happy to be there for us, even when he was so sick. His skin used to be turning greener as he was getting sicker but he would still come visit. My John John was so little he thought Chad was Hulk and literally asked him. I have never had a better home teacher. Blessings always to your amazing family. We love you. Marcie, you are a strong beautiful person. I pray you feel our Heavenly Father's love surround you and your little ones. ❤ you. Macrina