AUSTRALIA (News4Utah)- A 19-year-old from West Haven, Utah died while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church officials said.
Gavin Paul Zimmerman had been serving in the Australia Sydney Mission since August of 2017. Church officials said he was and a group of missionaries were at a sightseeing area on Monday when he slipped and fell from a cliff.
The Zimmerman family shared the following statement:
It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we share the news of our son’s passing from this earth to return home to his Heavenly Father. Gavin Paul Zimmerman grew up in Roy and West Haven. He attended Fremont High and participated in both track and football. Gavin was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Australia Sydney Mission. He began his mission on August 16, 2017. Gavin served in several leadership positions in the mission field. He was a great example to us all, and he loved his mission very much. He enjoyed teaching people and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved the Savior Jesus Christ and his family, and we loved him. Gavin was a bright light in our lives! We are so grateful for our Father in Heaven’s plan of salvation. We know that we will be with him again one day. Our family will miss him greatly until we meet again.