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    BYU Student Dies while Playing Ultimate Frisbee
    Sep. 22, 2004
    PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Funeral services are planned Friday for a Brigham Young University student who died while playing his favorite game.

    Jake Tyler Whetten, 21, a sophomore from Laie, Hawaii, was playing Ultimate Frisbee at a Provo park Saturday when his heart apparently stopped, his brother said.

    "It caught us all off guard," said Brady Whetten. "He was playing Ultimate Frisbee with his friends like he loved to do, and his heart just stopped and he fell over and died."

    Brady Whetten said an autopsy has been performed but the cause of death remains undetermined.

    Whetten's funeral is scheduled Friday in Orem at the Sharon Park Chapel, a building that holds great meaning for the family.

    "His grandfather, Clifton Whetten, actually built the chapel and my parents attended that ward when they were first married and had the first two kids," Brady Whetten said. "Grandpa built it and was in construction. Jake was going into construction, and they were very close."

    He was born in Honolulu and grew up in Laie, where the 6-foot-7 Jake Whetten played goalie for the Kahuku High School water polo team. His father, Judd Whetten, is the director of BYU-Hawaii's physical plant.
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