I am very sad to say that we lost an incredible member of the family this last weekend. Sarah Knight, Tanner’s wife, passed away in a freak accident while hiking with Tanner and a good friend.
For those of you who hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Sarah, I’d like to help paint a picture of who she was. Sarah was a New York State native who met Tanner back in their home state while Tanner was visiting family. Sarah got her graduate degree in special education and moved to Utah with Tanner back in 2011. Sarah worked countless hours as a Special Ed teacher here in the SLC area for several years. It was always Sarah’s nature to give and support others.
Tanner and Sarah were married in 2012, and from that point Sarah then started a new career with Kuhl, a clothing company here in SLC, where she worked in Customer Service for almost 6 years. Sarah’s work ethic and attitude was noticed early by management, and so she quickly earned more and more responsibility within the company.
When Sarah wasn’t working, she still gave most of her time to support and feed others. If Sarah wasn’t cooking an AMAZING meal for her friends, she was out in her garden tending to dogs, chickens, bees, and vegetables. Sarah was the embodiment of a true pioneer. She created an oasis in the backyard of their home that was right in the middle of a major city. Sarah’s dedication to her family and home is like nothing I’ve seen before. Never did I leave Tanner & Sarah’s house with an empty stomach or some more inspiration for the pioneer life.
Sarah had some fun hobbies outside the home too. If the weather was nice (or not) you could count on Sarah to lead Tanner and the dogs on a hike or bike ride through the mountains. Sarah was quite the nexus of many friendships too. Through Sarah, we met so many new friends from different worlds. The basic rule was…if this person is a friend of Sarah’s then she’s a friend of mine. She was a magnet for great people.
Another Sarah quality that I saw in spades was her patience. She was always so accommodating when Tanner and I would get together. Whether it was a quick Jam-Out or bike ride, Sarah would patiently indulge our stories about how cool the ride was or how great our music sounded. Sarah would patiently visit with Jayme in the living room, sipping on a homemade beverage, while Tanner and I played our instruments like cavemen. As long as we played one of Sarah’s favorite songs, we knew we’d be greeted with a smile when we came downstairs. Sarah’s outlook on the world was so positive and peaceful…it was one of the most beautiful qualities that I’ve seen in a person.
Sarah was the one of the kindest, most unselfish, truly beautiful, inside and out, people I have ever met in my life. If you’ve ever wondered why Tanner is such an amazing person, then know that Sarah has been a big reason for that. Sarah’s contribution to this world will not be forgotten. She has permanently made all our lives better…