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Life Story / Obituary
There was much to love about Cameron Belson. A fun-loving and kind young man, he had a special way of bringing joy and laughter to those around him. Cameron embodied fearlessness from his earliest years. Coupled with his love of learning, he was just as gifted as he was talented. Although gone much too soon from love’s embrace, the memories Cameron leaves behind will continue to be etched in the hearts of those who knew him best.
In the dawn of a new century and a new era, Ron and Brenda (Eggen) Belson of Kalamazoo, Michigan embarked on a new era of their own when on June 4, 2000, they were thrilled to welcome the birth of their little boy, Cameron into their hearts and home.
As a baby Cameron’s parents were overjoyed with his birth and holding him for the first time was truly special. He was a good baby and was known to be quite fearless as a toddler. Being fearless was common for Cameron which was evident from the time he jumped off his swing and broke his collarbone. Of course he later became fearless riding his skateboard. Although Cameron’s older sister, Nicole found him to be the typical, annoying little brother at times, they together shared many good times outside playing ball and later spent hours together playing video games. In time the two siblings welcomed the birth of their younger brother, Kyle who always held a special place in their hearts.
Cameron attended the local schools and received his early education from Winchell Elementary and Maple Street Middle School. While in school he was known to be very kind to others and in elementary school he often gave hugs to the other kids at recess. During his youth he also played baseball with the Millwood Little League. He played ball for 11 years and it was a big part of his life. It was also a bonding time for he and his sister as they would attend each other’s games and cheer for them to succeed. A friend of many and to everyone he encountered, Cameron brought laughter. As a typical teenager, he loved fried pickles and green olives. Although slim, Cameron could pack away Subway sandwiches, Doritos, Hot Pockets and Jack Link Beef Jerky which were among some of his favorites. When it came to music he was into rap as well as old and new rock, and he enjoyed just hanging with friends.
Learning was in Cameron’s blood. He was a very intellectual individual and had the potential to really excel in his studies. He’d even stay up late watching YouTube videos on a variety of in-depth topics and never stopped enhancing his knowledge of things. Unfortunately, his stubbornness sometimes got in the way when it came to his academic performances in school. After graduating from Loy Norrix High School in 2018, Cameron went on to further his education. He attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College with a focus in business, yet with his ambitions and dreams, he really didn’t want conform to societal norms and achieve a degree as he was often set on doing things his way.
Cameron always loved a good bargain but he could be extravagant just the same. He traded items on the internet and always found a good deal. An encouraging force, he was constantly telling his sister, Nicole to buy something nice for herself. Cameron had expensive taste in shoes and clothing and often sold clothes, other fashion items and skateboard items online. He absolutely loved hanging out at the skate park. Skating seemed to relieve a lot of Cameron’s anxiety and worries as he could just skate peacefully which in turn brought him much contentment. Over the years he spent many hours at the Portage Skate Park and the Davis Street Park. He tried to teach Nicole about skate life and style and to do tricks on her skateboard but unfortunately she did not possess the fearless gene that was a trademark of Cameron. He had a huge impact on the local skateboarding community that his friends are organizing a skating event in his name.
Blessed to have some very special people in his life, one of those special people included Izze Fahl whom Cameron met in high school. Having dated for more than four years, Cameron and Izze got each other. They were each good for the other and supported one another through so much during their teenage years. Ever close to Cameron’s heart was his little brother, Kyle. He loved Kyle dearly and was a great caregiver to him. In turn, Kyle looked up to his big brother. Cameron taught Kyle all the newest dance moves and would give him the controller (that didn’t work) to play video games with him to make him feel included. One of Cameron’s dreams was to own a home one day with a big pool for Kyle to enjoy and live in. He enjoyed spending time with Kyle and teaching him new things. In fact, there wasn’t much Cameron wouldn’t do for his younger brother.
Family was always important to Cameron. He not only adored Kyle, but he loved his sister and his parents deeply. As a family they share many fond memories of growing up and special holidays together. Vacations like going to Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Michigan Adventure will always bring back wonderful memories. Meal time at the Belson house was special as they were always spent together and they also enjoyed going to the movies as a family. He enjoyed talks with his Mom and enjoyed going to the shooting range with his Dad.
It was a blessing to have known and loved Cameron Belson. A friendly young man, he expelled warmth and kindness to everyone and was generous with his time and talents. He loved making others laugh with his witty nature. While he possessed so much potential with his smart and gifted ways, Cameron leaves a loving legacy that will be missed by many.
Cameron Belson, age 20, died Friday, July 31, 2020. Members of his family includes his mother, Brenda Belson; his father, Ron Belson; sister, Nicole and brother, Kyle. He is also survived by his grandparents, Ilene and Sonny Bernier and Margie Eggen; several aunts and uncles and by his girlfriend, Izze Fahl. Cameron was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Henry Eggen and Ronald W. Belson.
Visit with Cameron’s family and friends on Sunday, August 9, 2020, from 1-7 PM at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. Funeral services will be private. Please visit Cameron’s personal web page at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you can read his life story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cameron Belson Memorial at Gofundme.com.