Ryan had just
graduated from Citrus College with his AA degree in Arts,
and was busy enjoying his summer vacation. God in his mercy,
had given Ryan the desire to see everyone he knew during
this time. As attested to by all the stories we heard during
the week of his passing and at his memorial service.
week before his home going Ryan called his grandparents and
asked to spend some time with them. Below are some pictures
taken with a disposable camera his grandma gave him to use
during his stay. As you can see by the picture above and the
3 below, they had a grand ole time.
Ryan was really
excited to be going camping at the beach with several of his
friends. He talked about it for days leading up to it. He
had gone to Costco with his buddy and they bought all the
food they could afford because, as Ryan said "We are going
to EAT BIG TIME!." The day he was scheduled to leave, Ryan
insisted on helping his father move some office furniture
into storage. It was an extremely hot morning. Ryan and his
dad spent about 5 hours sweltering in the heat of the un
air-conditioned office. During this time Ryan and his dad
talked and talked about life, God and yes, his camping trip.
About 1:00 in the afternoon Ryan was ready to leave. He
found his dad working at the computer and gently came up
from behind and brushed his whiskers on his dad cheek, gave
a little kiss and said "I love you." With that he was gone.
Below are the last pictures taken of Ryan. They're from the
night before he passed. As you can see he was full of life
and making good on his pact to EAT BIG TIME!
The next morning Ryan
woke up first and full of excitement to surf for the first
time. He woke up everybody and made breakfast for them all.
As soon as they had finished, Ryan said "Let's go surfing!"
He and the group all grabbed their surfboards and ran to the
water. Ryan was bringing up the rear. Only about a minute
had passed while they paddled out, when one of the group
looked back to notice Ryan's board floating alone.
When they got to the board they found Ryan under just 3 to 4
feet of water. (Click to read the
news article for the rest of the story.)
Update: 8 weeks
later and after a rigorous medical investigation and
autopsy, Ryan's death was officially ruled as an
We believe God reached down and took Ryan home as a finished
work and ready for display in Heaven.
family would like to hear from anybody that knew Ryan Please post your
Ryan's Guestbook. Also, if anybody has any pictures of
Ryan to please post them to
Ryan's Photo Albulm.