Caleb James Naylor

Caleb James Naylor, 16, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away in his home on October 4, 2020. Caleb was born on June 22, 2004 in Newport Beach, California, the oldest child of David & Katie Naylor.

Caleb was raised in California, Utah, and, finally, Las Vegas. He loved and respected his parents, who love him and will miss him dearly. His younger brother, Jacob, was his partner in crime. With his family, Caleb enjoyed doing the things he loved most – traveling, playing sports and video games, watching movies, and spending time with extended family and friends. Some of his most treasured activities were spending time at the beach, hanging out with his cousins (especially at family reunions and holidays), exploring the Las Vegas area with his friends, listening to music, and watching his favorite movies, such as the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, and the Harry Potter series. In fact, he loved them so much he had a tradition of watching one of them with his family every week. He was a Boy Scout and was working towards earning his Eagle Scout award when he passed.

Caleb was an avid athlete and sports enthusiast throughout his young life. You could always find him cheering for his favorite teams – the San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Angels. He loved playing sports as well, football and basketball especially. He was in his junior year at Shadow Ridge High School, where he played on the Junior Varsity basketball team and had his sights set on playing Varsity this year. He was committed to continual athletic improvement through his strong work ethic, and not a day went by without him being ready to throw his shoes on at a moment’s notice to toss the football or shoot hoops with his dad when he came home from work.

Caleb had an unparalleled love of music. He went about much of his life wearing his AirPods, listening to music while completing his daily tasks – pulling weeds, unloading the dishwasher, eating cereal, cleaning his room, and doing homework. He shared that love of music with his younger brother. They would often be found racing for the power cord in the car to be the one who got to play his favorite music playlists. He and Jacob loved to play the guitar together.

While Caleb’s 6’5” frame caused others to look up to him physically, he was also looked up to as an example by his friends and family. He prioritized family over everything else, with a particular love of his younger brother
and cousins. He loved rubbing shoulders with his aunts and uncles and learning from them about life. He was truly a joy to be around.

Caleb is survived by his parents, David & Katie Naylor, and his younger brother, Jacob Naylor. He also leaves his paternal grandparents, Gary & Mardelle Naylor, his ten uncles and six aunts (and their spouses), and his 54 cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Floyd & Karen Waldron.

A viewing and memorial service will be held in honor of Caleb on Saturday, October 17, followed by his burial service at the Palm Northwest Cemetery. Due to COVID restrictions, Caleb’s memorial service will be streamed live at 11:00 am, and can be accessed at the following link:

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  • Tamara Griggs
    October 16, 2020 3:26 am

    This was such a beautiful memorial of Caleb’s life. I enjoyed learning more about him. I didn’t know Caleb very well personally, but I always enjoyed the times I was able to be with his parents.

  • The Sousa Family
    October 16, 2020 4:52 pm

    A beautiful tribute to an equally beautiful young man! You will be missed in every way Caleb! Our deepest condolences to Dave, Katie, Jacob, extended family & friends. Rest in peace sweet boy.

  • Denice Fisher
    October 16, 2020 8:40 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to an outstanding young man who both my boys loved and looked up to. Our family will miss him dearly❤️

  • Fisher Family
    October 16, 2020 8:41 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to an outstanding young man who both my boys loved and looked up to. Our family will miss him dearly❤️

  • Caleb, you and you’re brother were the first young men I ever met in this area. I still remember looking up at you when you came to help us unload our moving van, with your beautiful smile, and bright eyes, and I was just so impressed. You were one of the only young men I ever spoke to regularly, and you were always so kind to me. Watching you jam it out when I taught live fitness will always be one of my most cherished memories of teaching. You are, and always will be, a special person. Thank you for blessing me, and so many others, with your light. You are missed. I am so grateful for the knowledge we have of life after death. See you in a while. ❤️

  • I’m so sorry for your tragic loss. There are no words that can be given to you for comfort. No parent should ever feel this pain. I know your son is with the Lord, I’m so sorry he got called home so early.

  • The Place family grieves with you and sends prayers of love, strength, and for His grace and love to envelop your family. We are with you in spirit.

  • Kristy Waldron
    October 17, 2020 5:51 pm

    My heart is breaking for you. I can only pray and send my love. I am so very sorry.

  • Shawna Banagas
    October 17, 2020 8:17 pm

    What an incredible young man. Our prayers are being sent to your family.

  • Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful young man. Caleb you will be missed, lots of love Naylor family.

  • Ryan Longenecker
    October 19, 2020 4:07 pm

    I had the joy and privilege to get to know and spend time with Caleb as one of his youth advisors. In the short year that I knew Caleb I was able to get to know what an amazing young man Caleb was. The beautiful tribute written above is so fitting for the great life that he lived and the joy that he brought to others.
    I recall speaking with him recently about our love of sports, basketball, the beach, Southern Cal, and family. I reflect back on the UNLV basketball game that we attended this past season and how much fun we had together with a few of his close friends. I enjoyed watching him play hoops for Shadow Ridge HS. Those moments will be sorely missed, but I am so grateful for the plan and to know that he will be reunited with his family again.
    Our hearts are saddened by his sudden passing, and his family is in our thoughts and prayers as we celebrate the life of Caleb Naylor and look inward on how to be better people, citizens, spouses, parents, siblings, friends, employees and employers, etc. His passing will not be in vain. Caleb, you will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.


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