Taje Ashley Boyden, 36, of Salt Lake City, passed away at his home April 9, 2013.
Born July 29, 1976 in Price, he is the son of James Boyden and Cheryl Stevens. He attended Carbon High School and studied graphic arts and culinary arts at Utah State University - Eastern, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College.
Taje is survived by his mother, Cheryl Stevens, whom he loved dearly, his father, James Boyden, maternal grandmother, Darlene Stevens, and lifelong friends Gwen Laws and Travis Barrington, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is also survived by his cherished daughter Jazzmyn, whom he emphatically adored, and his son Tate.
A prolific artist, Taje explored a variety of mediums including digital music, and especially visual arts such as sign-making and painting. His art, a reflection of his life, was uninhibited, meaningful and nonconformist. He also liked to dance and was a veteran of the Salt Lake and Denver underground rave scenes, back when it was fresh and unpredictable.
Taje's electric personality, hard work and creativity led him to start several small businesses including Space Net Cafe, which provided services for dance clubs and parties, and a tattoo parlor and graphic design studio in Price called Tajavu Designs.
He was a sharp dresser, often sporting Kenneth Cole shoes and his signature Kangol hat. He loved to cook and made a mouthwatering baklava. He enjoyed trip hop, Pink Floyd, Gorillaz, space aliens, cats, birds of paradise, coffee extra sweet with Irish cream, and wide-ranging music, people and fascinations that endeared him to us all.
Taje was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dwain Stevens, who he enjoyed a special relationship with and his paternal grandparents, Glenn and Myrl Boyden. He was also preceded in death by his beloved little sister, Amber, a loss he mourned deeply.
How we wish you were here, Taje.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Noon at Salt Lake City LDS 10th Ward, 410 S. 800 E. Visitation time for family and friends will be at 11 a.m.
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