Zoe Esther Walton

January 5, 1996 - September 4, 2020

Zoë instilled in others a need for wonder. She was an incredible daughter, sister, and friend to all. Her connection with people was genuine and kind. She would go out of her way to put others at ease, and make sure they were heard, seen, and comfortable. Zoë had a deep curiosity for the natural world; she let spiders crawl on her graceful hands, marveled at a pollen-covered bee in a flower, rescued a hummingbird, helped her pet snake shed its skin. Animals gravitated to Zoë and she to them, always talking to and cuddling with her dogs and cats. She was an adventurer, traveling solo to St. Lucia and making friends over grilled fruit on the beach, zip lining through Costa Rican forests, paddleboarding with her mom, running with the bears on an Alaskan beach, and hiking the Wasatch with her dad. She loved music and made enviable playlists for friends and family that sparked magic in their lives. Zoë saw the world as complex, beautiful, and full of synchronicities. She found perfection in the natural world and inspired us all to take notice. Her laugh, her smile, her strong hugs, her words, her silence and her luminous spirit will always be with us. With the winds, Zoë is untethered, she shook up the world.

She leaves behind her broken-hearted family: father, Mark Walton; mother, Roxanne Joesten; sisters, Kiersten (Michael) Prucha, Carly Joesten, Chloe Joesten; nephews Wesley and Arthur; grandparents E.Bernice Susens, Joseph and Patricia Walton and Cosette Joesten; aunts and uncles Mary Denise Walton, Daniel Walton, Michael Walton, Thomas and Cheri Susens, Pamela Wells, Debra Susens; great aunt Barbara Bilyeu; and many cousins and friends who will miss her.

Preceded in death by grandfather Thomas Susens, and uncles Bill Wells and Barry Susens.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, September 14th from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Millcreek, where friends are invited to bring a single flower. To ensure compliance with current social distancing guidelines, we kindly ask that you call the funeral parlor Saturday or Monday between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM at (801) 474-9119 to make a reservation. Her Memorial Service will be live streamed on Tuesday, September 15th at 5:30 PM MST. Due to local mandates, this service is private however friends are encouraged to attend virtually by returning to this site before the service where a “Watch Service Live” button will appear. With hopes that Zoë’s family will be able to hear your cherished memories at this service, friends are invited to send video messages to reach_us@starksfuneral.com by Monday, September 14th with Zoë’s name in the subject line. Your tributes will be compiled and shared live Tuesday evening. She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions towards funeral expenses may be made by calling 801-474-9119.

Zoë lived day-to-day with a mental illness. You would never have known about it because she rose to every occasion. The family is committed to bringing awareness to the importance of mental health. Please consider a donation to the National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMI) by clicking the "Donate" button above.