Our hearts and lives were forever changed on April 12, 2019, when our spunky, vivacious Lauren Connie Gourdin Brandon left this world very unexpectedly after suffering a massive pulmonary embolism. Lauren was born Dec. 5, 1993, in Provo, Utah, to her parents, Vaughn and Jennifer Gourdin. She was a ray of sunshine her whole life and enjoyed being a second mother to her siblings, Justyn and Dylan. She had big beautiful eyes and a fantastic smile with an infectious laugh and personality that filled every room. She could win the hearts of everyone who interacted with her. She loved paying compliments to strangers and smiling at everyone she passed by.
Lauren had a love for sports, learning and reading. She began playing competitive softball when she was eight and tried and excelled at a variety of positions including pitching, and catching. Many family vacations were spent traveling to various states playing tournaments. She graduated from Lone Peak High School in 2012 and continued her softball journey at Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, Arizona.
Lauren received her pharmacy technician certification in 2013 and learned many different aspects in her field that included IV therapy, compounding and retail. She excelled in her jobs and loved working and interacting with patients and coworkers.
She met her forever love, Weston George Brandon, on Feb. 16, 2017. They eloped and were married April Fool’s Day, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the courthouse with only their parents present. The following year, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mount Timpanogos Temple surrounded by family and friends. Lauren and Weston moved to the colony, Texas, in March of 2018 and spread their love and vibrance to their ward and work families.
Lauren loved playing games, watching cooking shows, making yummy treats, snuggling with her husband, singing, laughing and eating cake. Lauren was so excited to be a mom and welcomed their sweet baby boy, Vance Weston Brandon, born March 29, 2019, at 26 weeks, way too early, but tough and feisty like his mom. After 5 days in the NICU, Lauren was finally able to hold her baby for the first time and she could not stop smiling! She only had him in this world for a short time, as she passed away two weeks later on April 12, 2019. She will be watching over him forever. Lauren’s love for life will be passed down to her baby boy through the stories and experiences of family and friends, far reaching. He will know his mother’s love as he learns about her generous, loving and kind spirit.
Lauren was able to continue blessing others in this life through the generous gift of organ donation. She is an amazing young woman and the world is a little less bright without her in it. We will all miss her every day and hope to carry on her great example of kindness and service to others.
Lauren is survived by her husband, Weston Brandon; her son, Vance; parents, Vaughn and Jennifer Gourdin; in-laws, George and Rachel Brandon; grandparents, Curtis and Kandy Sagers, and Joe and Maureen Brandon.
There will be a viewing Friday, April 19, from 7-9 p.m., at Saratoga Springs Crossroads Stake Center, 368 Aspen Hills Blvd., Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Funeral services will be held at the same location Saturday, April 20, at noon, with a viewing preceding from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the American Fork Cemetery, 26 W. 600 North, American Fork, Utah.