ST. GEORGE — Mason Esplin, the 17-year-old son of Derrick and Andrea Esplin, died Friday from injuries he sustained in a dirt bike accident.
The teen was seriously injured March 7 when he was ejected from his bike on Boulder Springs Road in the Bloomington Hills area. Six days later, he succumbed to the injuries.
Derrick Esplin told St. George News that his son loved to hang out with his friends and ride his dirt bike, which was exactly what he did the day of the accident. He also mentioned the other thing Mason loved was sleeping in, something which he also did on that day. Mason Esplin was a kid that enjoyed the outdoors. His family would go camping and dirt biking. Mason also had a season pass to Brian Head Ski Resort, where he would spend his time snowboarding during the winter.
Derrick Esplin said that if there was one positive that could be taken from the tragic incident, it was the fact that his son was an organ donor.
“We’re going to miss him terribly, but one of the silver linings in all of this is that from his neck down, all his organs were able to be donated,” Derrick Esplin said. “That’s something that Mason wanted. He put on his drivers license that he wanted to be a donor, so we feel like we were able to fulfill his wishes in that way.”
Esplin said that a doctor informed him that Mason’s organs could possibly save up to six lives.
Mason is survived by his parents and his three siblings: Colin, Olivia and Jemma.
“Mason had such an amazing ability to connect with others that were struggling and to be a light and a blessing to those that most needed a friend,” Esplin said in a Facebook post. “Since his accident we’ve seen how many people truly loved Mason and what a true light to others he was.”
There will be a visitation Friday at the South River Road Stake Center, 1762 S. River Road in St. George, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.
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