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Obituary of Wyatt Delare Strub
Wyatt Delare Strub, age 27, of Olympia, Washington, died at Seattle’s UW Medical Center on March 3, 2023, after a lifelong battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. During his 26 days in Cardiac Intensive Care and in his final hours, Wyatt was surrounded by close friends and family as they shared memories, laughed, hugged, and comforted him.
Wyatt’s celebration of life will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. There will be an after party with Wyatt’s favorite food and drinks. All are welcome to attend, but please fill out this form to RSVP for space considerations and a food service headcount.
Wyatt was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on December 12, 1995, to Rhenda Iris Strub and Michael Delare Strub. He led a short, but meaningful life, where he achieved several notable accomplishments and fulfilled his dreams of performing and singing for audiences around Washington state and the world. Growing up, Wyatt was a years-long member of Olympia’s Capital Playhouse: Kids at Play and Kids in Koncert programs, where he found friendship and purpose and traveled to New York City, Washington, D.C., Disneyland, and Rodez, France, to perform for admiring audiences.
Wyatt was a funny, imaginative, and light-hearted person, adored by many who had the pleasure of knowing him. He enjoyed being on stage, singing, acting, imitating, creating character voices, and making people laugh. His laugh lit up the room—real and virtual. In his later years, Wyatt was part of a small and tight-knit community of video gamers who played alongside each other and supported each other’s endeavors from all across the country.
From a young age, Wyatt took a keen interest in cars and vehicles. He enjoyed learning about cars, going for long drives, and taking road trips in various cars with his dad. They took two such road trips back to South Dakota to visit family and see the countryside. Wyatt’s many other joys included traveling to Disneyland with his family, eating butter chicken with his mom, enjoying his Aunt Nanny’s famous homemade banana bread, eating BBQ with his brothers-in-law, watching anime, drinking Mountain Dew and Peach Snapple, collecting hot sauce, FaceTime calling everyone, and hanging out with his family.
Wyatt leaves behind his loving parents, Mike and Rhenda of Olympia; his doting siblings, nieces, and nephews, Kelly Larson and Corey Larson, and their children, Annabella, Layne, and Vaughn of Olympia, Morgan Stock and Heather Stock of Tumwater, Emma Shepard and Jeb Shepard, their children, George, Finnegan, and Harriet of Olympia, and Shawn Strub of Santa Fe, New Mexico; his beloved aunt, Shirlene Hippensteel of Napoleon, Missouri; his cherished cousin, Heather Ray of Milwaukie, Oregon; and dear family friend, Andrea Lambert of Rapid City, South Dakota, all of whom showed up to support Wyatt and his parents during his hospitalization and passing.
Wyatt also leaves behind a group of close friends who made him feel loved, welcomed, and gave him a sincere sense of belonging. The family wishes to thank Nathaniel Miller of Denver, Colorado, Michael Leeper of Spokane, and Tyler Brazil, Jace Clark, Paul Cade, and Eli Humphreys of Olympia for their steadfast support and dedication to Wyatt, and for showing up for him until the very end.
Furthermore, the family sends its sincere appreciation to Wyatt’s caring Discord community of artists and streamers known as the Fambily, who cherished Wyatt and even ran a Gofundme for him when they learned he was hospitalized. The Fambily described Wyatt as a kind soul, sweet, loving, outgoing, selfless, funny, genuine, and respectful. Thanks to Asti, Aieri, Browning, Pabab Luro, Bee, Nomi, Juna, Mamoru Masae, and Seoully.
Memorial Donations: To honor Wyatt’s life and desire for a cure or better treatments, the family asks that donations be made to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in Wyatt’s name at https://donate.parentprojectmd.org/WyattStrub.
About PPMD: Founded by parents of children with Duchenne the year before Wyatt was born, PPMD helps those with Duchenne live longer, stronger lives by demanding optimal care standards and ensuring every family can access expert healthcare providers, cutting edge treatments, and a community of support. PPMD invests in treatments for Duchenne patients and in research that will benefit future generations. Advocacy efforts have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and won five FDA approvals. PPMD will not rest until it ends Duchenne for every single person affected by the disease.
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Duchenne is a devastating, progressive muscle-wasting disorder that slowly robs those diagnosed of their independence and eventually their life. Duchenne is the most common lethal genetic childhood disorder, affecting one in 3,500 boys worldwide. It knows no boundaries and crosses into all cultures and races. Boys with Duchenne typically lose the ability to walk between the ages of 10 and 14. By their late teens, they lose most of their upper body strength, including the ability to move their arms. They may need respiratory support at night during their teenage years. Over time, their respiratory systems weaken, and they may require more constant support. Most boys typically survive only into their early twenties, losing their battle to Duchenne due to cardiac, pulmonary, and respiratory failure. To date, there is no known cure for Duchenne.
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