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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Caden Tyler Lerbakken
June 25, 1994 - January 14, 2022

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Bellingham, WA formerly of Williston, ND
Age: 27



Caden Tyler Lerbakken was born on June 25, 1994 in Williston, ND to Brandon and Julie Lerbakken. To no surprise, right from the start, Caden threw his parents for a loop. Their expected six-pound baby girl arrived as a 9.5 pound perfect, beautiful baby boy.

As a little boy Caden loved his pacifier, his imaginary friend (Brandon Lerbakken), Elmo and his puppy. His favorite activities were shooting hoops, wrestling his dad, having a full-on baseball game with himself in the living room and golfing with his dad (even though that meant getting strapped to the golf cart by a bungie cord).
Caden loved BIG and loved his family like no other. The love he had for his dad was indescribable… everything Brandon loved, Caden loved and that never changed. He was mad at Brandon one day and told him he didn’t love the Bears anymore, that lasted for one hour. The love between Caden and his mom was incredibly special & deep. He was Julie’s ‘precious’ boy, he knew it and took full advantage of being “Precious”. Caden loved his sisters fiercely. He was their biggest protector and cheerleader but could also easily take on the bratty brother role. That fierce brother landed in school suspension defending Brooklyn and the bratty, playful brother also resulted in an ER visit for Cam. The stories are endless, but they all are filled with his complete love for his sisters.

Caden was an athlete. Every sport he tried he had a natural talent for, even from a very young age. He won a state wrestling championship as a little boy and he told his mom, “Mom, can you believe I am the champion?” while walking through Target proudly displaying his medal around his neck.

In 2003, Caden and his family moved to Arizona and his focus turned to baseball; he spent every moment hitting, throwing the ball into his mitt, or talking about Derek Jeter. Family vacations revolved around baseball tournaments. The Lerbakkens were fortunate to follow Caden to tournaments in Colorado, California, and Wisconsin. The tournament in Wisconsin resulted in his team winning the Babe Ruth World Series.

In 2010 Caden’s family moved to Texas where Caden found a love for Texas football and Texas girls. The next year the Lerbakkens ended up back in their hometown where Caden continued to play baseball and football on the fields his dad played on. He made many friends and graduated as a Williston Coyote in 2013. After graduation, Caden headed to Arizona to play baseball where he was lucky enough to stay with Grandpa Joel, a precious time for which he was so grateful. The last of college baseball again led Caden back to Williston where he played for Williston State College.

A new adventure began, after college with a move to Bellingham, WA. It was there he would reignite his love for the mountains, snowboarding, golf and made many friends. In Washington he continued his passion for baseball as a patient and compassionate coach for young kids. Caden loved the kids and of no surprise to anyone, the kids loved Caden. However, more than anything in Washington, Caden loved his amazing golden retriever, Marley Bob. Where there was Caden, there was Marley.

Caden hated his giant forehead, but other than that he loved himself. He was confident! Everyone joked with him about his cockiness but that made him even more lovable. In all the different places Caden lived, he developed friendships with many. His contagious smile and infectious laugh would light up every room he entered. He was quite proud of all his special tattoos, always positioning his tatted arm on the correct side in any photo opportunities and those arms gave THE BEST hugs.

Caden loved love. He loved everyone that had the pleasure of being a part of his life. He loved his mom and his dad, his sisters and his grandparents, his uncles, his aunts, his nieces and nephews, his cousins, his super family, and his friends. He saw the world full of experience, opportunity and love and when he found something that ignited his passion, he was all in! The world is a better place because Caden is a part of it. He was the best, most beautiful boy.

There is no shortage of words that could be used to describe Caden but it was best said by one of his many friends.

Caden is Caden. There is no one and there will never be anyone like Caden.

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Stacy Huwe Slapnicka (Fargo, ND)
Jan 17, 2022
My heart hurts so much for you. I am grieving the loss of your precious son, brother, and grandson along with you. I am sending my love from Fargo and I will reach out to you later.
Betty & Curtis Anderson (Williston, ND)
Jan 18, 2022
Our prayers are with all who loved Caden. May his precious memories bring you all some comfort.
Stan and Lorraine Brautman (Green Valley, AZ)
Jan 18, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Karen Sillerud (Dickinson)
Jan 18, 2022
Julie, Branden and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength and peace as you deal with your loss. Rest in peace Caden.
Barbara Trogstad (Williston, ND)
Jan 18, 2022
Julie, Brandon, Brooklyn and Camberly: We are sorry for the loss your son and brother. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Dennis Gendreau (Minot, ND)
Jan 18, 2022
Branden, Julie and family, Gramma Marsha and Jim
So Very sorry to learn the sad news about Caden…remember him tagging along with Gramma Marsha in the day. A real cute little guy. Know you are all in our prayers. Dennis and Jeannie Gendreau
Wilson McLaughlin (Dickinson , ND)
Jan 18, 2022
To Lerbakken family, I'm so sorry for your loss, may the Lord guide you through this difficult time. Sending prayers to all who were touched by Caden's smile..
Delores Grimson (Ray, ND)
Jan 18, 2022
My Sympathy to all of Caden’s family.
Gayle Vinger Malwitz (Lakeville , MN)
Jan 19, 2022
Marsha & Family …. I’m so very sorry to hear of your great loss. May God comfort you and wash His Peace that passes all understanding over each and everyone of Caden’s family and friends.
Teresa Horob (Williston, ND)
Jan 19, 2022
Branden, Julie, and Family
My thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time. He will be miss by so many. Cherish the great memories you all made with him. RIP Caden
Netty & Gary Bjerke (Williston, ND)
Jan 19, 2022
Brandon, Julie and all of the Lerbakken family; Our hearts just break for you knowing how difficult it is to lose a child. Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the light of Christ be our guide. With all our Love , Gary Netty, & family
Greg McNary (Watford City, ND)
Jan 19, 2022
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of this fine young man. I grieve for his family and all he touched. He was a genuine young man who always found time to visit when we ran into each other. He made us all better people.
Bonnie Stevens (Williston, ND)
Jan 19, 2022
I was so saddened to hear of Caden's passing. Many will remember that dynamic smile of his when he would greet you. God Blessed you Caden and welcomed you with open arms. I will keep you all in my prayers. RIP Caden
Dale Mischke (Williston)
Jan 20, 2022
thoughts and prayers with the family
James and Tina Rosckes (Glencoe, MN)
Jan 20, 2022
Brandon and Julie,
Caden was such a beautiful presence in this world. His soul has moved on, but he will always be with you. Please know that we are thinking of you during this time. Our hearts are broken for you.
Todd Tavis (Carrollton, TX)
Jan 20, 2022
Brandon and Julie and your daughters, my heart breaks for y'all. I can't imagine what you are going through. My prayers will be with you all during this difficult time.
Carla Olson (Sheridan, WY)
Jan 20, 2022
My heart is heavy for you. A loss of child is something we don't hope anyone has to go through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Melanie Henley (Bellingham, WA)
Jan 20, 2022
Caden was full of positivity and love and put so much of that into the world. I’m thankful for our friendship, and for all the memories we made with him. Sending all our love to Caden’s family and loved ones during this unimaginable time. We are broken over this loss, and love and miss you Caden.
Michelle & Dave Posz (Chandler, Arizona )
Jan 21, 2022
Words can’t express our sadness and heartbreak for your loss. The world is an emptier place without Caden in it. Remember him as we all do, an amazing bright light and shining star. We wish we could be there for you this weekend. Sending you all our love and prayers. Dave and Michelle Posz
carol & craig thomas and family (portland, or)
Jan 21, 2022
Am so heartbroken for all of the family Thank goodness for all the beautiful memories you have of him.
Sidnee Nelson (Ray, North Dakota)
Jan 21, 2022
Sending lots of love and prayers for you all during this time. Caden’s loving and caring spirit is, and always will be, unmatched. Such an unforgettable soul; he always spread kindness everywhere he went! Thinking of you all
Rick & Connie Moe (Williston, ND)
Jan 21, 2022
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rick and Connie
Dale & Pat Luther (Williston)
Jan 21, 2022
So sorry to hear about the loss of Caden - our thoughts & prayers have been with you and we mourn the weight left upon your hearts. Rest easy Caden!
Lois & Lanny Moore (Grand Forks, North Dakota)
Jan 22, 2022
To all the Semingson’s— our hearts are heavy today because you are losing a part of your family.
Hugs and prayers to all of you
Barbara Gates (Gresham, OR)
Jan 22, 2022
You will be missed so much.
Beverley J Sathe (Katy, TX)
Jan 22, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
John and Marlene Sandaker (Williston, ND)
Jan 22, 2022
We are sending love and sympathies to you and all your family.
Nathan Chokey (Gilbert, AZ)
Jan 22, 2022
Caden was a great teammate and a better friend, he will be surely missed
Alex and Shawn Thomas (Fargo, ND)
Jan 22, 2022
I am so very sorry, losing a child is the hardest thing in the world and my heart has been breaking for all of you. Caden is a beautiful soul! Sorry I couldn’t be there for all of you. Sending all of my love and praying to god to give you the strength! We love you all!
Cory Fleck (Williston , ND)
Jan 22, 2022
Caden was a wonderful young man. I enjoyed him in my class just a few years ago. He was always ready for a smile.
I pray for your family.
You will see him again. God bless your family
- Cory & Lonni Fleck
Lucas and Jalen Rissler (Gillette, Wyoming)
Jan 22, 2022
Our hearts and prayers go to the family. Caden will be missed! Blessed to have met and been apart of Caden's journey.
Connie Murphy (Chandler, Arizona)
Jan 22, 2022
We are so sorry for your loss!
Sending our prayers, love and hugs to you all.
Karen Smithson (Mesa, AZ)
Jan 22, 2022
Marsha, Sam and family, my sincere condolences to each of you as you grieve Caden's passing.
Jan Tucker (Minot, ND)
Jan 22, 2022
My heart goes out to your entire family at this very hard time. So many loved Caden and that love will continue in the memories and happiness he brought to others. With deep sympathy on the loss of your precious, perfect son.
Jan Sell (Fargo, ND)
Jan 23, 2022
I worked in the Williston High School lunchroom back around 2012. I always chatted a bit with the kids when they went through when I was running till. One day as we were cleaning up I noticed Caden sweeping the lunch room. Had his head down and I asked him “Did you get into some trouble?” He promptly told me he punched another student for saying something about his sister. I said “well good for you!” He was a very polite young man and we enjoyed watching him play baseball for Williston.
Dwight & Shelli Patch (Williston, ND)
Jan 23, 2022
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the terrible loss of your son. You are in our thoughts.
BP (Montana)
Jan 23, 2022
There will never be another Caden. With that fact, being so undoubtedly true. I am thankful for the beautiful opportunity to have been able to share the memories I have with him. His Ugg boots, that will forever be engraved in my memory!! Always himself, no matter what. Im miss you greatly. Hugs and love sent to everyone dealing with this hard to comprehend, loss. Rest easy, you handsome angel
Jan Tucker (Minot, ND)
Jan 25, 2022
My heart goes out to your entire family at this very hard time. So many loved Caden and that love will continue in the memories and happiness he brought to others. With deep sympathy on the loss of your precious, perfect son.
Carson Dokken (Williston, ND)
Jan 27, 2022
So sorry to hear about this. You guys are in my prayers!!
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