The teen was killed when he fell under a trash truck on Tuesday night during routine cleaning of the Tifie camp grounds at Mountain Dell Scout Ranch. Rocky had been at the camp for two weeks as a volunteer training to be a counselor.
Dan Gallup, First Counselor in the Cedar Hills Stake Presidency, said he is speaking on the family’s behalf.
“They’re doing as well as can be expected,” Gallup said of Rocky’s parents. “They have a long way to go. This is a very traumatic experience for them.”
Rocky was the youngest of 12 siblings. He moved to Utah with his mom and dad three years ago.
“Rocky is the only one home so they feel like they’ve lost an only child almost,” Gallup said.
The children in the Cedar Hills community are also grieving.
Stephanie Shaia, neighbor, said her 14-year-old son and a group of boys gathered flowers Wednesday and took them to Rocky’s family.
“These boys are scheduled to go to the same scout camp next week,” she said. “It really hits close to home. It’s a tragedy.”
Rocky was a member of his church’s Young Men organization.
“He always had a smile on his face,” Jared Christensen, a leader in the Young Men organization said. “Everyone who knew him loved him.”
Rocky also loved music and played the tenor sax and trumpet. He also enjoyed science and math, but his true love was service to others.
Gallup said one time he donated three years worth of his earning to a girl dying of cancer at Mt. Ridge Junior High. It is just one of the many stories the Cedar Hills teen will be remembered by.
“He indicated the thing he was most excited about is to serve a mission for the church,” Gallup said. “I just think his mission started a little early.”
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 15 at the LDS Cedar Hills Utah Stake Center at 3950 W. Cedar Hills Drive. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at American Fork Cemetery.
A memorial fund is set up at Mountain American Credit Union under the name Rocky Rhiddlehoover. All proceeds will help fund Rocky’s dream of completing his Eagle Scout project to send school supplies to needy children in Chad, Africa.
“He loved scouting,” Gallup added. “It was his life.”