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Birch Collins Tuft
April 22, 1982 ~ July 17, 2023 (age 41) 41 Years Old
Birch Collins Tuft was born the eighth child of Frank M. and Kathleen (Kitty) Collins Tuft on April 22nd, 1982.
His parents brought him home to his seven older siblings in Sandy, Utah. Birch loved his large family and their closeness. Birch was diagnosed with learning disabilities from a young age but persevered and learned how to read, do math and write. Birch was later diagnosed with Autism which makes his accomplishments that much more amazing to his family and friends. During his high school years he was a great wrestler, often taking down his older brothers. Birch also participated in track and field doing shot put.
During his leisure time Birch became a great snowboarder. He was a great lover of music and loved to sing and dance. He could really get his move on! He was always walking around with his headphones on, dancing as he went. He was always so quick to laugh at everything.His love of reading stayed with him throughout his life. Birch also developed a love of the arts and eventually became a professional artist. He was especially known for his works depicting flowers.
As an adult Birch decided that he wanted to earn his GED and take some classes at the local community college in Boise, Idaho where he then lived. He worked diligently at this goal and earned his GED. He also took classes at the community college. Birch was also a Special Olympian competing in skiing and swimming.
Birch passed away suddenly on July 17th, 2023. He will be buried in McCall, Idaho.
Birch is survived by his parents Frank M. Tuft and Kathleen (Kitty) Collins Tuft, His brothers and sisters, Heidi (Mike) Moore, Heather (Grant) Humpherys, Holly (Dave) Carlson, Erik (Jona) Tuft, Emily (Tyson) Baker, Hans (Leslie) Tuft, Sarah (David) Adams, and Tyler (Stefan Walger) Tuft and many nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 12 Noon to 1:15 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2023 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Funeral Services beginning at 1:30 p.m. Burial and concluding services will immediately follow in the Finnish Cemetery, McCall, Idaho.
Online condolences may be left at www.mccallfunerals.com