Summit Alexander Rasmussen

2003 ~ 2024

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Summit Alexander Rasmussen, beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle, friend, returned to the loving arms of his Father in Heaven on June 5, 2024. Summit was light, laughter, and love.

Born Summit Alexander Johnson, Summit later in life chose to change his last name to Rasmussen in order to honor his beloved grandpa. As the sixth of seven siblings, Summit brought joy to his family from the first day he was born. His infectious, mischievous grin was a constant presence in our home and he never failed to elicit a smile from us. Whether he was setting booby traps with thread and tape, doing a spot-on impersonation of Nacho Libre or a velociraptor, or inventing and engineering, Summit was a wonder and a delight.

There were multiple occurrences when Summit would put on an improv show of family impersonations and jokes and have us rolling in laughter. How we miss the tears of joy that previously fell from our eyes! He was incredibly bright and had an innate knack for engineering, that he was recently putting to the test in a program at Bridgerland Tech. He was an artist and an innovator, and used digital and physical mediums to bring his ideas into the world. It was not unusual for him to demonstrate a working prototype built from Legos, or wow us with a new skill he had perfected on a program. His quick wit and intelligence meant that every moment spent with him was one where you’d be amazed or amused - and usually, both!

His intellect and ability to create was matched only by his capacity for love. Through the painful torrent that life could be, Summit was our lighthouse and beamed brightly, always keeping a positive and beautiful relationship with the people who loved him dearly. No matter how treacherous the waters or rocky the shores of reconciliation, we could count on Summit to be there to love us exactly as we were. He was an excellent listener and a friend to his family, and was intuitively aware of what people needed.

He was constant in his selfless service to his family and friends. Quick to jump in and help with anything that was needed. He was a hard worker and excelled at running to the aid of his family on a daily basis.

Summit’s sweet and goofy nature created an incredible relationship with each of his nieces and nephews. When he walked in a room, they’d scream his name and jump into his arms with excitement, and would look to him for comfort when they were distressed. It was not uncommon for him to be found on the couch with multiple nieces and nephews snuggled in his lap. He was THEIR person.

Summit was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and wholeheartedly embraced the pillars of his faith by exemplifying Christlike love, forgiveness, charity and service. He was dedicated to serving our Father in Heaven, and we are so grateful that he now gets to serve Him free of pain. There is no doubt in our minds that Heaven’s greatest comedy show is being put on in Paradise right now.

Summit is loved and unbearably missed on Earth by his parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, friends, and innumerable others who his light, laughter, and love reached — it’s impossible to name everyone he positively impacted. To know Summit was to love him.

Summit, we are going to try to do the impossible. We’re going to drink a Coke, eat a cheeseburger and a churro, crack an inappropriate joke at the most appropriate time, and love with abandon, because it’s what we’d do alongside you.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14 at 2 pm in Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, UT 84092. A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 6 pm - 8 pm, and again on Friday from 1 - 2 pm prior to the service.

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My condolences to you and your loved ones

- Paul Haws Jr

I'm so sorry for your loss.
I don't know how to explain how close Summit and I were, because I'm not sure what he would have said. We messaged every once in a while and caught up over dinner a few months ago. He watched me open my mission call just a day before losing his life.
So maybe we weren't the closest, bestest friends. Maybe we were just friends. But we did really care about each other, and we had a deep connection over shared trauma, love, interests, and anxieties.
Hearing about his death shook up my world. It was especially tough, the way that he died. To know that we weren't close enough for me to see the signs. My heart is broken, for my own grief and for the sadness of all those, including his family, who were closer to him.
I'm a bit of a writer, so, in coping, I wrote a sort of poem for Summit a few days ago, and I thought it'd be criminal to keep it to myself. I hope you can see a reflection of the boy you know in what I've written.
My prayers go out to everyone grieving the loss of such a bright and beautiful soul. I'm sure his do, too.


I know you won't ever see them
at least not in the way that you could
but I still send you posts and messages
and I think you would've understood

it's a funny feeling, sending words
to somebody who died last week
rereading the panicked messages I sent
a whole day after you had to leave

I don't think I'll ever get used to
typing your full name into a search engine
every day, hoping to find an obituary
or a memory that might answer my questions

it hurts to realize, but it's true
that I took you entirely for granted
I can't help but feel like you deserved to be known
but I let that slip away when you graduated

I found a paper today in my mom's room
that I filled out when I was seventeen
and in it I listed you as a very best friend
now I try, in vain, to recall what it means

you were the very first friend that I made
on my own, I was so proud to be loved
your smile relieved me in my loneliest hours
and I'd smile back 'just because'

we reconnected recently, that's why it hurts
to know that nothing will become of it
I remembered why you were important to me
but that funny story came to a hasty end

you passed through a veil last wednesday.
I don't know why you did it, or how, or when
I'm still in shock over your disappearance
but I know that I miss you and what could've been

I hope that you know now, for absolute certain
the places you hold in our hearts
and though I might not ever get to know you from you
I try and tell your story through desperate art

time might take away the moments we shared
and the way that you looked at me dancing
but I won't forget your name or your pink glasses
or your crooked ears or your distaste for icecream

and I'll haunt your facebook like you haunt me
and I'll pin our messages and I'll read them often
and I'll scroll through just to smile at your photos
to laugh at your jokes as if you just told them

and I'll write you letters as if you can read
and I'll tell you everything that I ever do
and you'll sit and listen, I know that you will
I just wish that you could talk to me too

I'll meet you someday and we won't waste time
grieving the time that we lost
I'll just come hug you and tell you I'm sorry
and you'll tell me everything's in the past

and maybe we'll part ways, or maybe we'll stay
either way, I'll have closure and you'll hug me back
and we'll know everything to know about each other
and I won't ever have to wonder at that

I hope that Heaven's a happier place
I have no doubt that you're there
and though Jesus wept with us when you had to go
I'm glad that you're safe in His care

- Bria

Sweet Summit. He was always the story teller, comedian as the friend group gathered at my house . Love you Summit. Hugs and love to his family.

- JennyLyn

We were the same age in high school and while I never knew him personally, I always saw him smiling and being so happy at school! My dearest condolences❤️

- Madison Bowen

My heart is saddened to hear of Summit's passing. I have only known him for about a year, but in this short time I have seen first hand the love and devotion that he held in his heart for his family. He exhibited a curiosity and love for learning. He was developing his skill as a talented designer and was looking forward to having a career in mechanical design. I will miss his happy smile and cheery hello each time he attended class. My prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time. Treasure the memories, keeping them close to your heart, and live like Summit!

- Minette Morris

I knew Summit from highschool but I remember I loved coming into class and seeing his big smile. It truly was such an infectious smile. Once he graduated I had lost contact with him but I truly thought about his funny jokes and big smile very often. I send my condolences to his family and we will all miss that big infectious smile

- Abby Olsen

Wow. What an amazing young man.
I had the pleasure of knowing Summit.
The laughter you created was pure joy.
You always knew how to make us laugh until our stomachs hurt and tears were running down our cheeks.
I’m so honored to have known you for the short while I did.
Rest easy, summit. You deserve it.
With love,

- Madison Hanson

It was my absolute pleasure to teach Summit in his program at Bridgerland. All of us here at the school are devastated by his loss. He truly was one of the smartest and most pleasant students I’ve ever worked with. His ability to learn and his knack for the engineering principles he studied here were so impressive. More importantly to me, my meetings with Summit were always such a joy. He always left me feeling happy and uplifted. I was fortunate enough to get to know him beyond just his school work as our conversations would wander to hobbies and family, and whatever came to mind. Getting to know him over the past year really let me see what an amazing person Summit was through and through. Even in hard times he was positive and eager to take responsibility. He always wanted to be held accountable. I can’t tell you how rare that is, and it always fostered in me a tremendous respect for him.

His love for his family was obvious to me, he spoke so fondly of you all. My heart is broken for each and every one of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. Each student I have impacts me and stays with me, I’m lucky to get to teach them all, but Summit will always have a special place in my heart. He will be truly missed.

- Callan Salmon

Summit, was one of my students in the High School Drafting program here at Bridgerland Technical College and also later he came back on the college side. He is such a light to be around. While in my class in the high school side of the lab, he was just a joy to have and all the students just felt his kindness and concern that he had for them. He really brought a lightness to our class and was always positive and happy. When we met one-on-one for progress he would always talk about his family and how much he really appreciates and loves them. He was a very dedicated student and hard worker and just kind to all is classmates, which is a teachers dream. It was a delight to have Summit as my student and he will be missed and remembered. I'm sorry for your lose and my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

- Talisha McGovern