Kevin Wilson Cloward, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend to all passed away peacefully on July 31, 2020. Kevin was born in McKinney, Texas on April 22, 1993 to Shannon Wilson Cloward and Randal Cloward. He was born with cerebral palsy and other special needs but was best known for his amazing attitude and smile. After moving to Sandy, Utah, Kevin attended Jordan Valley School, and he was dearly loved by his friends and teachers. The family would like to thank all teachers, therapists, aids, administrators, etc., that worked with Kevin over the years at Jordan Valley. The care and love he was given while at school there meant the world to him, as well as our entire family.
Kevin’s parents and siblings loved and cared for him deeply. Although Kevin’s life was filled with health challenges, he faced them with the full support of his family and other caregivers. His mother Shannon was his greatest champion in life. She was his constant companion and devoted countless hours to ensure his comfort and happiness. Despite her many years of battling cancer, she continued to care for him right up to the end of her own life.
Kevin exuded the purest form of love and joy. He had the most contagious smile and laugh. Kevin had a lasting impact on all those who knew him. He gave us a strong understanding of what is most important in life, and he will always be the binding force that holds our family together. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He loved watching BYU and Jazz games with his family and was a superfan just like his Mom. Kevin also loved to be cuddled and tickled, enjoyed music, feeling the wind on his face, riding the bus to school, going for swims, and many things most of us take for granted.
Kevin had the full love and support of his grandparents as well, who were always there to care for him. He also had a large team of friends and neighbors who would help watch him and put him on the bus every morning, as well as friends at church who would graciously take care of him so his mom could have a break each Sunday.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Mission at West Jordan Care Center where Kevin resided towards the end of his life. The amount of love he received while in their care was abundantly clear. His longtime roommate and best friend Chad was also an incredible blessing. It gave our family such peace of mind knowing that Kevin always had Chad by his side. We are quite confident they shared some funny inside jokes together about which they would laugh uncontrollably.
Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, Shannon and Randy, and his grandfathers, Kirk Wilson and Bert Cloward. He is survived by his siblings, Amy (Adam) Sybrowsky, Alison, Paul, and TJ, his niece Ava, his grandparents, Paula Wilson and Jean and Ron Jeppson, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
With gratitude, we will celebrate Kevin’s life and legacy on Saturday, August 8th at Larkin Sunset Gardens (1950 E 10600 S. Sandy, UT 84092) with a brief graveside service at 11AM. Please remember to wear a mask and observe social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Mission at West Jordan Care Center in honor of Kevin. (3350 W 7800 S, West Jordan, UT 84088)