UVU student, 27, dies of coronavirus


OREM – A student at the University of the Valley of Utah has died of the new coronavirus, the university announced this week.Trevor Syphs Lee, 27, was an elder who was due to graduate in the spring of 2021. Lee was taking time off and was not enrolling in any class when he died on June 9.

“According to the state health department, Trevor was suffering from underlying medical problems,” UVU President Astrid Tuminez wrote in an email to the university community.

“n as fellow wolverines, we mourn his loss. Those who knew and loved Trevor are naturally devastated. During this difficult time, we reached out to his family to offer our support and sympathy. Crisis and bereavement advice through Student Health Services is available for students, faculty and staff who may also be affected by the news.

According to an obituary provided by his family, Lee was the third of five children who “loved life and made people happy.” He served a mission in Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2013 to 2015, and the obituary says that “the Christ-like love he gave to this world will always be remembered.”

Lee loved cooking, traveling, video games, arts and crafts, scented candles and holidays, he said.

Tuminez wrote that the university “hoped that this day and this announcement would never come.”

“Let’s continue to be vigilant in our care for each other,” she said.

COVIDE-19 cases in Utah have increased in recent weeks amid relaxed restrictions. Although the vast majority of Utah coronavirus deaths were among its elderly population, the virus also claimed the lives of young people, including 24-year-old Silvia Melendez in March. She also suffered from underlying health problems.

“Trevor’s loss leaves a void that cannot be filled,” Tuminez said. “We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and those influenced by this brilliant young man.”


Graham Dudley

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