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.