Tyler Steven Flinders was born Christopher Tyler Cserepes on May 27, 1999 to Steven Victor Cserepes, Jr. and Mary Downward Cserepes in Cedar City, Utah. He was adopted and sealed to Thomas Steven Flinders and Mary Downward Flinders in December of 2008. Tyler attended high schools in Colorado and Okinawa, Japan and graduated from Kadena High School in 2017.
Tyler spent his childhood in Utah, Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina before moving to Okinawa, Japan where he spent his teenage years. His family embraced the many opportunities in Japan to travel, surf, and explore. Tyler loved Japan. People were drawn to Tyler’s smile, good looks, personality, and his kind, welcoming soul. He was surrounded by and loved by his extended family and spent many happy summers in Kanab, Utah and Aspen Grove, Utah. Tyler had many passions, interests, and hobbies. He loved pushing his limits and could be found skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, or just hanging out with friends. Tyler was an adventurer who enjoyed travel, fast cars and meeting interesting people. Tyler loved his family very much and had an especially close bond with his mother.
Tyler is survived by his parents Thomas and Mary of Lake Stevens, WA, biological father Steve of Moses Lake, WA and siblings Brianne, Preston, Ethan, Camryn and Cody. He also leaves his grandparents Mark and Sheri Downward of Kanab, UT; Steve and Wendy Flinders of Burbank, CA; Debra Cserepes of Moses Lake, WA; and Great-Grandmother Dorothy Thuet of Las Vegas, NV. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Ami Eldridge of Japan and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. We sorrow that he is gone so early and take comfort in thinking of our close relationships, many fond memories, and the knowledge that we will see him again.
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LISA HALL saysMarch 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm
I’m very sorry for your loss. My daughters went to school with Tyler on Kadena and hung out with him in Sunabe. They shared with me how fun and sweet he was to them. You all are in my prayers.
Keshawn saysMarch 12, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Tyler was a great kid. In high school we weren’t really close but when he was around he lit up the whole room and brought a smile to everyone’s face. He was fun to be around and always brought excitement to anything we were doing. My condolences for all his family and his girlfriend
Julie Jefferies saysMarch 12, 2019 at 4:23 am
I feel pain. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Miguel A. Soto Pellot saysMarch 12, 2019 at 1:32 am
Good afternoon, my name is Miguel.
I actually use to go to school with Tyler. We both had English class and some other classes together that I can’t remember. He was a really cool dude and we always got along well during school or whenever we chilled with mutual friends. It’s tragic that he passed away so young, it’s almost unreal knowing that a classmate I use to go to school with isn’t with us anymore.
My condolences to Tyler’s family and for who ever loved him dearly. I’m sincerely sorry for your loss. May god bless you and pray that Tyler is in a better place.