Sledding accident victim, 10, 'loved everyone and loved life'

Union Leader Correspondent
December 25. 2017 8:28PM
Keyton Marrotte, 10, of Winchester was honored at a celebration of his life in Jaffrey on Saturday. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)

Keyton Marrotte of Winchester was killed when he sledded into the path of a vehicle on Michigan Road Saturday. (COURTESY)

Friends and family of Keyton Marrotte gathered at the American Legion hall on Webster Street Saturday afternoon for a celebration of his young life.

Corey Graves, pastor of Next Level Church in Keene, gave the eulogy and led the mourners in prayer, telling them they “need not mourn like those that have no hope.”

“We celebrate all of the birthdays we get to enjoy each other. We celebrate all of the anniversaries. We celebrate how long we get to be here for.

“God counts it backward. He counts down the days until we get returned back to him and for whatever reason, God couldn’t wait to get his hands on Keyton. It was quick. He left a deep memory in us," Graves said. "God longed for him to be with him. I want you to know that God is thrilled that he is there.”

Graves said Keyton and his mom joined Next Level Church in Keene in October when it opened.

He said Keyton treated others the way he wanted to be treated, and in doing so lived the gospel.

Only a week ago, the 10-year-old was a happy, exuberant boy doing what he loved best in the world — sledding. He was sledding alone on a hill near his new home in Winchester on Dec. 16 when his sled slid into Michigan Street and was struck by a car. 

Keyton and his mother, Belinda Butler, had only been living in Winchester a few months. Prior to that, they had lived in Jaffrey, where he attended Jaffrey Grade School. 

Keaton's father, Kurk Marrotte of Jaffrey, put out a jar to collect money to buy Christmas presents for children in need at Saturday's service, something Keyton would have loved, he said. 

Last Wednesday, the Winchester Select Board released a letter expressing sorrow and grief over the accident that took the boy’s life.

”As we all know, there was a tragedy that happened this past Saturday. A young boy lost his life while sledding. Something that anyone growing up in Winchester has done so many times on that hill... 

“It was a ritual of childhood to climb that hill and sled back down as fast as we can, just to jump off and run back up again. It was hard work climbing up, but oh so much fun sledding down.

“And from what I have heard about Keyton, he loved to have fun. We have seen his picture and his magnetic smile. I have heard the many stories about him and how he was everyone’s friend. How he loved every one and he loved life. Let us remember how to love like that in our own lives,” the letter said.

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