Our sweet baby, Benjamin Taylor Dowse, was born on July 13, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. in Provo, Utah to Richard and Catherine Grant Dowse. He made his debut more than 3 months early at just 25 weeks. He was 13 inches long and weighed just 1 lb. 15 oz. Though small, Benjamin had a noble and strong spirit that was felt by those who knew him. From his first moment of life, he fought like a warrior for every breath and minute he had on earth. A few days after birth, Benjamin suffered massive bleeding in his brain, which made his fight for survival even more of an uphill battle. Still, he continued to hold his ground and we stayed in his corner constantly, along with loving family, friends and the incredible staff in the Newborn ICU at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Our sweet little soldier gave us two weeks, two days and almost 13 hours with him to enjoy. Benjamin spent his final night on earth surrounded by his loving family then passed away peacefully in his parents’ arms early the morning of Saturday, July 30th.
Our arms ache to hold our sweet baby and there will be a hole in our hearts until we are reunited. For now, we are comforted by our knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s plan that families are forever. We will continue to draw strength from our Savior’s love and rely on the enabling power of His grace.
We will be forever grateful for the way that Benjamin has touched and changed our lives. We are incredibly grateful for the love, generosity, prayers, and support extended to us by so many.
Benjamin Taylor is survived by his parents, his siblings: Andrew, Christian, Madeline, James, and Audrey, his grandparents Henry & Judith Dowse, Douglas & MaryAnn Grant, great- grandmother Jeralie Wirthlin and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Pacific Drive 2nd Ward, 507 West 700 North, American Fork. A viewing will be held from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service, with the interment to follow in the American Fork Cemetery.
Condolences may be shared at andersonmortuary.com. Much love to all.
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