Austin Roy Hennefer, of Carey, Idaho, was taken "home to that God who gave him life" on Oct. 26, 2010.
Austin was born in Hailey, Idaho, on July 7, 1995, to Dennis and MaryAnn Hennefer. Though his life was shorter than we wanted, he lived it to the fullest. He was an exemplary son, brother, uncle, and friend throughout his life. Austin's nieces and nephews were naturally drawn to him and he to them, and their bond will continue forever.
Pinned to the wall in Austin's room is a band that reads "Livestrong," and that is just what Austin did throughout his life. Austin was heavily involved in church and school activities. He was an active teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood and a Boy Scout. In school he participated in drama, To the Max, football, basketball and track, and was involved in 4-H for the past six years. He also loved camping, hunting, fishing, swimming and snowboarding with his friends and family. His favorite camping spot was Little Redfish Lake. Austin was a friend to many and was loved throughout the Carey Valley and Carey High School.
Austin joined our family later than we all expected, and surprised us by leaving us sooner than expected. He is survived by his parents, Dennis and Mary Ann Hennefer of Carey; brothers, Dustin, Nathan (Brandi), Jordan (Keri), Logan (Shalynn) and Shawn (Brandy) and sister, RayAnne; grandparents, Gerald and Lois Hildreth and Marie Simpson; nieces and nephews, Houston, Hagan, Ethan, Mialee, McKenzie, McKinlee, Hunter, Baylee and Tayven; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Carey LDS Stake Center, followed by a graveside service at the Carey Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all who have offered love and support and all emergency responders. We continue to offer prayers and support to the families still affected by the circumstances of Austin's death. Memories and messages can be left at www.woodriverchapel.com.