Chastin Shay Hines passed away peacefully April 11, 2008 at home at the age of 16. He suffered from a life long epilepsy condition. Chastin was born April 4, 1992 to Robert A. Hines and Sandi (Lee) Hines.
He is survived by his parents, and a big brother, Braxton A. Hines; two big sisters, Vanessa and Holly; his grandmother Carol E. Hines; grandparents Darren R. Lee and Jolayene M. Lee, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William T. Hines.
His world was silent, he spoke no words, but he taught so many of us the true meaning of life…when it seemed there was nothing to believe in he led us to believe. When sadness turned into tears he gave us hope. He gave us strength when there seemed only weakness, he gave light when there was darkness. When life seemed to have cheated us, he gave us faith, he taught us there’s a time for holding on and there’s a time for letting go.
He showed us the true meaning of love, patience, virtue, endurance, gratitude, selflessness, compassion, understanding, grief and sorrow. He showed us that we need no grand achievements or certificates of recognition to be able to give the most valued lessons in life.
Sometimes the best gifts given are through another’s unspoken truths, one who asks for nothing in return. Chastin was a teacher. He taught through his silence, that life isn’t without pain, acceptance isn’t without struggle, wisdom is known through knowledge and experience, humility walks hand in hand with grace, peace isn’t without harmony. Death is not the end, it’s a start to the new beginning.
Until we meet again, a bittersweet goodbye, Chastin, our little “mystical traveler.” May you find peace, comfort, happiness and experience in your new life. You are truly a messenger from God. Thank you for the heartfelt messages you shared with so many.
An open house memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane in Moab. In lieu flowers donations may be made at Zions Bank in Chastin Hines’ name.