Noreen Carey Macbean
1977 ~ 2015
Beautiful, vibrant, 37 year old Noreen Carey Macbean had an enormous passion for life, children, and adventure. On March 28, 2015, this incredible young woman from American Fork, Utah was tragically struck and killed by a gravel truck while on a group bike ride with friends in Lehi, UT.
Noreen was born on December 21, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Ernest and Lynn Carey. Her four older siblings were excited to get their beautiful baby sister home on Christmas Eve. When she was 18 months old, her family moved to Laie, Hawaii. She loved Laie and, despite her blonde hair and green eyes, considered herself to be a “local girl.” In 1992 she moved to Utah where she graduated from Orem High School in 1995.
Noreen met Allen Macbean in 1997 and from that time forward they were inseparable friends and companions, marrying in the Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple in January 1998. Always up for an adventure, Noreen loved to go flying with her husband, camp, hike, bike, snowshoe, and spend time with her family, friends and beloved dog Chuck. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and especially loved teaching the youth. During her years of service she formed a special bond with many of them.
Noreen was an avid cyclist and triathlete, and a founding member of the Timp Tri Club. Over the past 12 years she had competed in hundreds of group and club rides, and cycling had become her favorite event in triathlon. With her friendly personality and contagious smile, she was instrumental in recruiting people to and growing the Timp Tri Club in its early years and she loved the people she came to know. After taking a brief time off from cycling due to life getting in the way, Noreen was excited in the early spring of 2015 to get back to the sport she loved. She started taking her bike to work to ride during lunch, went on several rides with friends, and joined the ABloc Cycling Team for motivation. It was on her first ride with her new team that tragedy struck and she passed from this life.
Noreen loved children, however she and Allen were never able to have children of their own. Her family and friends have chosen to honor her life by creating the Noreen Carey Macbean Children’s Center in Santa Lucia, Honduras in conjunction with the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation. The Foundation works to protect, serve, educate and mentor neglected youth, providing them the knowledge and skills that will enable them to support themselves and improve their villages. For more information, please visit their website: Hope for Honduran Children Foundation