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Tyler James Koerner

02/17/1992 - 11/07/2018
Service Date: 11/16/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201

Tyler James Koerner, 26 years old, passed away in Tempe, Arizona on the morning of November 7, 2018. Tyler was born in Lancaster, California to Steve and Lancette Koerner. His paternal half-sisters are Stefani Hughes and Tiffany Zehring. His maternal half-brother is Jason King. Tyler, though the youngest member of his family, was survived by all the others. Tyler’s love interest and life partner was Sara Cooper, who mourns his passing. Tyler was adored and deeply loved.

Tyler was a quiet man who was most remarkable for his intellect and his consideration and sensitivity to the feelings of others. There was never a moment of hesitation when Tyler was asked a favor. More reliable than most, he applied his competencies to help other people.

As a teen, Tyler was a go-getter. He became an Eagle Scout by accomplishing a gazillion merit badges and doing a special project to aid a homeless shelter. At 15, he became a lifeguard at Big Surf waterpark; he rescued fair maidens there every summer for the next six years.

Tyler graduated with honors from Mountain View High School, class of 2010. He went to ASU on scholarship where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. During his senior year, he worked at Layne Christensen Company as an engineering intern. He excelled and impressed. Upon graduation, Layne promoted him to engineer. About that time, Intel Corporation also recognized his potential and Tyler accepted their offer instead. Tyler took assignment to night shift at a microchip facility in Chandler, Arizona where he did technical work to maintain the operations of manufacturing machinery. Tyler liked Intel and enjoyed the people he worked with. Working full time nights, Tyler simultaneously pursued a master’s degree at ASU during the daytime.

Tyler was a man who worked hard. While his dedication to his budding career and his master’s work constrained his avocational options, he did make time for friends and family. In recent years he has been able to experience skydiving, marathon running, range shooting, snowboarding, and sailing. Eager to explore the world around him, Tyler visited Europe; has seen the beauty of the national parks; snorkeled coral reefs; and learned to soar with his father. Tyler was an avid reader from a very early age and that surely contributed to his lucid writing. Most recently, Tyler had taken up art. He left an acrylic painting of Sara, not quite completed.

Tyler and Sara rescued a high energy boxer mix from the pound just six weeks prior. Whenever Tyler was about, Lucy’s tail swung with such velocity as to bruise those standing too close. If Tyler had a tail, it might have done the same.

With Tyler passing at his prime, humanity has taken a hit. The world will be less than it might have been. Tyler had grand plans interrupted.

The Celebration of Tyler’s life will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:00am at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201. The Celebration will be officiated by Karoline Davidson. A reception will follow at the same location.


  • So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  • Carol And David Chase

    Lancette and Steve, we are so very sorry for the loss of your loving son, Tyler! There are just no words; a parent should never have to feel such pain. Please know you both, as well as your whole family, are in our thoughts, our hearts and prayers. God bless you all.

  • Angie Freeze (Aunt)

    Tyler was the sweetest, most polite kid id ever known. With curly blonde hair and a quit demeaner Tyler was always eager to lend a hand. Tyler had the most infectious laugh! This handsome, kind young man will be missed! I am so sorry for your tremendous loss!

  • Mary Jane Fridley

    Steve, Lancette, and Sara, I am so sorry for your loss and the huge hole Tyler’s passing has left in your lives. He sounds like an incredible young man. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

  • Kandace French Contreras

    My deepest and most sincere condolences. I can’t imagine the loss of such an amazing and beautiful soul. My heart is with you during this tragic and profound loss.

  • Steve and Lancette we cannot begin to express how full of sorrow we feel about the passing of Tyler. He was a good man with great parents. We love you and have you in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Ginny.

  • My heart is heavy for you all.

  • Steve and Lancette, Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the tragic loss of your son. He will be missed.

  • Lancette and Steve, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. Tyler was an outstanding individual and a credit to your role as parents. I wish there was something that I could say to ease the grief you are feeling. Hugs, Jenny

  • Monique Williams

    What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable person who touched many lives with love and kindness. My deepest condolences I’m this time of grief for such a significant loss, and my deepest hope that the joy he brought to your life, and you to his, will remain with you in a very real and comforting way.

  • What a loss for the world to loose such a sweet and caring young man. He could light up a room without saying a word and make all around know that he really cared to hear what they had to say. We will all miss you Tyler. Our hats off to Steve and Lancette for creating and sharing this young man.

  • Turquoise prewitt

    When i read what people say about Taylor he sound like a great guy with a good head on his shoulder. He has alot of people who loves him so much. I want to say that i am so sorry for your loss. But i know he will be watching you guys and will guide you. Taylor will send you messages to let you know that he is there.


  • Kathi Holgersen ( McCord) and Eric Holgersen

    Steve and Lancette, We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. We wish we had the right words, just know we care and share in your heartbreak. We are sending you love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength and comfort during this time.

  • May God’s promise at John 5:28,29 of a future resurrection bring you comfort. Until that time comes, he assures us at Psalm 34:18 that he “is close to the brokenhearted” and “saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So he understands your pain and grief and is eager to help you by giving you the strength you need to cope during this most difficult time. (Philippians 4:13)

  • What a beautiful person who was loved by all he touched, without doubt his condensed physical time spent here was truly expansive and generous of heart. There are no words for the ultimate challenge of a mother to let her son fly higher than ever. I’m thinking of you Lancette and Steve, sending energetic courage and support. Your amazing parenting is the likes of a shiny beacon, and the world is a better place for it. thank you!

  • Tyler was one of my best friends. We met working at Little Caesars in college and became quick friends. Worked together, went to ASU together, and spent free time together. He was adventurous and there was never a dull moment. He was the rare kind of person that actively got excited about what was going on in other people’s lives, no matter how mundane other people found it to be. There was always something to celebrate. He was the kind of person that found the silver lining in dark places, and for that he was the silver lining for the people around him.

  • Hail our Life, our sweetness and our hope. My heart is with you and something tells me that is a very good place to be.

  • Craig & Cathy Freeman

    We are so sad to hear about Tyler’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! We send our love!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking of you.

  • Paul and Sandra Swanson

    So many people feel the loss of Tyler. He was a ray of hope in this changing world. Our thought and prayers are with all of his loved ones

  • Susan and John Kordish

    Lancette, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Matt Fesko and Lori Kluck

    We are so sorry for your loss and sorry for Tyler. Sorry we couldn’t make it this morning we tried to plan to make it but coming from California with the mom and crew and some of us are sick ? we thought it better not to make the trip. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Matt and Lori

  • Tyler was a joy to have on our team at Intel, I was saddened to see him change shifts but glad he was moving into a position he deserved. His passing is a great loss not only here but all around. My deepest condolences.

  • I am so sorry for your lost. Tyler was a good man and inspiration to all of us here at Intel Corporation. My deepest condolences

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