Marcel Eduard van Stam, 13, of Stansbury Park, Utah, passed away unexpectedly June 9, 2017. He was born February 11, 2004 in Stansbury Park. He is the son of Eduard Patrick Armand and Marilee (Thacker) van Stam.
Marcel was a member of the Lighthouse Ward in the Stansbury Park Utah South Stake, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has attended Tooele County schools and loved playing the cello with the Clarke N. Johnson Jr. High orchestra.
He loved playing with friends, listening to music, playing board games and studying interesting facts. He loved all sports especially soccer and church basketball. He loved long talks, learning new things, being silly and “eating cheese.”
One of Marcel’s greatest joys was participating with the Boy Scouts of America. Marcel was a member of the Order of the Arrow, El-Ku-Ta Lodge, Sage Chapter of Tooele County. He received his Order of the Arrow sash last fall and was working toward finishing his Eagle project, which will now be organized and completed by his family and friends.
Marcel had a great love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved going to church, passing the sacrament, collecting fast offerings and attending the temple. He loved the scriptures and never missed a day of reading them.
He had a great capacity to love and showed that love daily to everyone he met. One of his greatest attributes was the ability to be a true friend. He had a big heart and loved everyone he met.
Marcel is survived by his parents Eduard and Marilee; his sisters Katelyn and Brooklyn and brother Jesse. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Claude Nile and Gloria Jean (Madsen) Thacker, of Stansbury Park; and his paternal grandparents, Yvonne (Engelgeer) Touw, Anthonie Touw and Willem Dirk Jan van Stam, of the Netherlands.
He is also survived by his aunts and uncles Jeffrey and Jillian (Wilson) Thacker, Allen Thacker; Jason and Julianna (Thacker) Merrill; Michael van Stam and Scarlett van der Lugt; Carsten van Stam; Danielle van Stam; Michel and Esther Touw and children; Wil and Cindy Touw and children; and cousins Justin Thacker; Emily, Beau, Finn and Priya Merrill; Chelsey, Julia and Anouska van Stam; Enzo and Eline te Lindert as well as many friends and relatives.
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the LDS Stansbury Park Utah South Stake Center, located at 240 Interlochen Lane, Stansbury Park, Utah. The funeral will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m., with a viewing an hour prior to the service, also at the LDS Stansbury Park South Stake Center.