WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Hunter Austin Tank, 14, of West Richland, Wash., lost his battle to recover from a bone marrow transplant Monday, June 2, 2008, at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Hunter was born Dec. 21, 1993, in Richland, Wash., to Bruce and Shannon Yaeger Tank. His parents and siblings Logan, Hayden and Haley adored him.
He spent his first 11 years growing up and attending school in Benton City, Wash. He then attended Enterprise Middle School for sixth and seventh grade when the family moved to West Richland. He ran cross country, played basketball and was able to play in his first and only baseball game for the Wildcats. He proudly played the drums in the youth worship band with his brother and was a junior helper for Children's Church. He loved bike rides, skateboarding, fishing, hiking and collecting sports cards and cool memorabilia from his favorite teams and players.
Hunter is survived by his parents; siblings; grandmother Sharon Yaeger; uncle Shawn (Tiffany) Yaeger of Missoula; aunt Tammy Lacey; and cousins Kaden Yaeger and Darby Lacey.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Fred Yaeger and grandmother Grace Johnson.
The celebration of Hunter's life will be held at 5 p.m. Monday June 9, at Richland Assembly of God Church, 1110 Stevens Drive, Richland. Dinner and a reception will follow in the church's activity center.
Donations can be made in Hunter's memory to the family at HAPO Community Credit Union, 601 Williams Blvd., Richland WA 99354, or to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska, 5130 40th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98105.