This is Brexten's story as told by the very best, most amazing person to tell it, his mom- LaMae:
I was asked to write Brexten’s story so people would know who he is and how his foundation came to be. As a mom, I could describe my son for days and still not truly make someone who didn’t know him understand who he was.
So many know him as an amazing athlete. We came to Cashion, Oklahoma when Brex was 5 years old and from the minute we got here he fell in love with Cashion and everything sports. He was truly a gifted athlete. He was a state champion football player and power lifter. He also All-Stated in both of those sports.
He loved baseball and his last at bat, at home, his senior year was a walk off grand slam that sent us to the state tournament. Brexten was blessed enough to get to play football at the next level at Emporia State in Kansas.
Brexten loved everything outdoors as well. He loved to fish and hunt. But the thing he loved most, about all of those things, was he got to spend time with his family and friends.
Our son’s life tragically ended in a cliff diving accident in Dripping Springs on July 2, 2022. As so many would tell you his life ended like it began, living life in absolute abundance. He never did anything in a small way.
He was the person that walked into a room and people were drawn to him. He had a smile that came from the heart and made you know there was just something about him that was different. He had the most amazing curly hair that was kind of his trademark. Even sportscasters mention his “flow”.
I can tell you all of these things and you can get a visual picture but what I can’t explain is his capacity to love. You can talk to any of his hundreds of friends, which is no exaggeration, and what you will hear them talk about is how he loved. I think this was his most incredible gift. This capacity for love came from one source. John 15:11-13 says, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” Brexten’s capacity to love was overwhelming. If you talk to his friends, so many of them will say “he was my best friend”. He truly made everyone feel that way. He was so full of love and joy! God allowed him to live and love so much in his 20 years.
I think how his memory lives on is the real story. The lives he is still changing for Christ, the friendships that have developed between all of his friend groups, and the way this town has loved us (and is continuing to honor him in so many ways). If you lived life like Brex you would work hard but play harder, find something to love about everyone you meet, and share your love for Christ in everything you do. My prayer is that his foundation will carry on his legacy of love and laughter, and reach other’s for Christ so they can know what it means to truly live life to the fullest.