May 29, 1991 — March 6, 2014
Hayden Riley Follett, 22, passed away on March 6, 2014 on Whidbey Island, Wash. Sadly, after a recent unfortunate chain of events, he chose to end his life. Despite the tragic circumstances of his untimely death, he will forever be remembered for his infectious smile, humble demeanor and kind heart.
Hayden was brought into the world on May 29, 1991, in Richland, as the youngest of 3 boys. He attended Kennewick schools and graduated from Kamiakin High School, class of 2010, while taking classes at Columbia Basin College and working at Energy Northwest. Following graduation he attended Washington State University, Pullman for one year, fostering his passion for the Cougs.
After much contemplation he chose to join the U.S. Navy in the fall of 2011 to serve his country. Hayden was presently an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handler Airman on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz based in Everett, Wash. He was passionate about serving in the Navy and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow sailors. In December 2013 he returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he experienced port calls in South Korea, Thailand, Bahrain, U.A.E. and Italy.
His gentle spirit and kindness toward others were evident from an early age. As a child his bedtime prayers centered on helping the homeless and each and every lost or stray dog he could imagine. Growing up he enjoyed playing and watching many sports; from patiently watching his older brothers’ games, to passionately cheering on the Mariners, WSU Cougars, Seahawks, and Angels. He played tennis in high school and enjoyed golfing, hiking, skiing and playing pickleball in the backyard. He also enjoyed summer trips with his family to Priest Lake, Idaho.
Hayden had the opportunity to serve others on ministry trips to Portland, and Denver, where he picked up the nickname “Moses” by setting an example as a leader. His compassion for people was evident in his willingness to serve others selflessly at a moment’s notice.
His thoughtfulness, love, and appreciation of others will forever be missed.
Hayden was preceded in death by his grandmother, Roberta Wyckoff Davis; grandfather, Robert Shafer; uncle, John Shafer; and cousin, Sarah Shafer. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Cathy Follett of Kennewick; brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Emily Follett of Denair, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Jordan and Laura Follett of Kennewick; grandparents, Neil and Betty Follett of Walla Walla; grandfather, Dave Davis of College Place; aunt, Marcia Follett of Dixie; aunt, Deb Shade of Walla Walla; uncle and aunt, Rocky and Laura Pasqua of Miami, Fla.; uncle and aunt, Don and Vivian Shafer of Anchorage, Alaska; uncle and aunt, Bill and Esneide Shafer of Visalia, Calif.; aunt, Lori Tucker of Walla Walla; niece, Kinley Follett of Denair, Calif.; and numerous cousins.
The family is having a celebration of life on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Rd., Richland.
In memory of Hayden, donations can be made to Camp Patriot at: www.CampPatriot.org.
The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.