SAND, Utah — A tragic hunting accident claimed the life of a beloved mother and educator in the Canyons School District.
Lynette Billeter, 58, lost her life Monday morning in Northeastern Summit County when her rifle accidentally exploded and killed her.
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“She was the kind of employee you could count on to have the best interests of the students at heart,” said Nathan Edvalson, program administrator at Canyons Transition Academy where Billeter taught.
Canyons Transition Academy is for adult students with special needs who are transitioning into the community. Billeter was known and loved as Mrs. Bee.
“She did some of the funniest things. She brought such a spirit to our community,” Edvalson said. “Any task you needed to support the students, Lynette was more than willing to do. She would go beyond.
Billeter’s daughter, Kimberly, told KSL that her mother was hunting with her husband and son and was getting into a side-by-side vehicle and sitting down when her gun accidentally went off. She said Billeter had put the gun on the seat.
Summit County Sheriff’s investigators say it was unfortunately just a tragic hunting accident and do not expect any charges.
“She was an amazing woman who was very caring,” Kimberly said in tears. “She was there to help everyone.”
Her husband said he wanted to remind hunters and others about gun safety, telling KSL to make sure your gun is unloaded, has safety, and is always held straight.
The school now faces the challenge of continuing without Mrs. Bee.
“The heartbreak, the sadness, the disbelief — all the emotions I think could accompany this sudden news,” Edvalson said. “She will be missed.”
The Canyons School District provides counseling and other support to teachers, students, and parents who may need it.