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Trust fund set up for baby who lost father in accident

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Trust fund set up for baby who lost father in accident

Crystal and Tyler Wilson on their wedding day.

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POSTED December 4, 2013 12:05 a.m.

A memorial trust fund has been set up for the month-old baby who lost his father who died in a solo accident on Nov. 22 while hauling rice straw to the areas charred by this past summer’s Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.

The victim, 26-year-old Tyler James Wilson, and his wife Crystal just had their first baby born on November 1. The couple was married in July of last year.

“Any donations to help out Levi would be more than appreciated,” said the boy’s aunt, Nicole Wilson.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can log on to Those who are not ready to donate are asked to be a supporter. The goal is to raise $100,000.

Prospective donors and supporters may also bring their cash donations and other gifts for the family at Eden Garden Supply in Lathrop where Tyler Wilson was working at the time of his death. He went to work there right after graduating from high school. The garden supply company is located on the corner of Louise Avenue and Manthey Road on the west side of Interstate 5’s southbound offramp. The trust fund campaign was started by Aron Seus of Eden Garden. The garden supply company was closed Saturday, Nov. 30, in honor of their employee who has worked there for a total of eight years – both before and after his stint in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Part of the web site’s accompanying message reads: “The money we raise will be going into a trust fund account to help raise Levi. Tyler was a selfless individual that could never say no to anyone who was in need no matter what time of day or night it was. It’s our turn to give back. If you prefer, we can accept cash and other gift donations for the family at Eden Garden Supply in Lathrop.”

Messages of comfort for the bereaved wife and son, as well as words of admiration for the young father whose life was prematurely cut short, accompany the donations and entries on the memorial donation web site.

“I did not know Tyler but my heart goes out to his family for their tragic loss. His efforts on the Rim BAER will not be forgotten,” reads the message left by one donor and supporter.

“This young man died working to prevent erosion from the Rim fire. A worthy cause, this money will go to his wife and infant son,” commented another.

Tyler Wilson was a graduate of East Union High School where he played football, wrestled, and was active in FFA and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet program as a training officer. He was the second oldest among the four sons of Harlan J. and Terry Wilson, owners of HJW Hay in Manteca.

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