Nakoda Layton obituary, Memorial services for Koda

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Nakoda (Koda) C. Layton, 18, of Troy, will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Temple Bible Church. The service will be conducted alongside his beloved sweetheart, Kayleigh R. Smith, 17, also of Troy.

Tragically, Koda passed away on Monday, July 17, 2023, in Copperas Cove. Born on December 24, 2004, in Temple, he was the cherished son of Randy G. and Shalon T. (Barker) Layton. Koda, a 2023 graduate of Troy High School, had a passion for sports, excelling in football and participating in basketball, baseball, and track. Additionally, he was an active member of FFA and a resilient cancer survivor. His future plans included pursuing a study in Diesel Mechanics at TSTC in the upcoming fall.

In mourning, Koda leaves behind a loving family, including his parents Randy and Shalon Layton, his brother Noah Layton, and his grandparents Estelle Layton, Diane Steele, Melvin Barker, and Max Kennedy. He is also survived by aunts and uncles: Sandra Esqueda and husband Richard, Jadyn Barker and wife Kellene, Gentry Barker and wife Nicole, Rylan Kennedy and wife Elizabeth, Laramie King and husband Adam, and Carrie Steele.

Koda was preceded in death by his grandfathers Gerry Steele and Brig Layton, and his uncle Brady Steele. As family and friends gather to remember Koda, they will undoubtedly reflect on the vibrant spirit, achievements, and enduring resilience of a young soul taken too soon.

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