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Boise teen who stepped back from suicide is remembered for helping peers

The program for the Dec. 2, 2017, funeral of Talon G. Owens, 17, of Boise, who died in a Thanksgiving Day car crash in Elmore County.
The program for the Dec. 2, 2017, funeral of Talon G. Owens, 17, of Boise, who died in a Thanksgiving Day car crash in Elmore County. dstaats@idahostatesman.com

Family and friends on Saturday remembered Talon G. Owens as a gentle, upbeat teenager who lifted the spirits of people he encountered and saved lives by sharing with depressed peers how he was shocked out of a suicide attempt.

Talon, 17, of Boise, died Thanksgiving Day in a car crash. He was driving his 1998 Toyota convertible to Grandview with his two younger sisters for a Thanksgiving dinner with relatives. Police say he drove off the right shoulder of Simco Road west of Mountain Home, overcorrected, rolled and was ejected. He was not wearing his seat belt. His sisters wore theirs, and they survived.

Talon had told the Idaho Statesman, several local audiences and fellow teens his story about going to a Downtown Boise parking garage when he was 15. He intended to take his life by jumping off the eighth floor. He stepped back from the ledge after he saw a woman jump from the third floor.

About 300 people came to his funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6032 N. Five Mile Road.

“I hope that when you think of Talon, you will remember to be kind,” said his mother, Tawnia Owens, in a eulogy. She also urged people to wear seat belts: “Everybody has a mother. Your seat belt I want you to think of as a hug from your mother.”

David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats

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