Alexander Ryan Terral
Alexander Ryan Terral was born March 30, 1987, at Aspen Valley Hospital and lived all of his life in Aspen. He died this week at the age of 17.Alex loved life, his mom, dad and his brother, Matt, sports, his friends and traveling. He was a national merit scholar, was named to the Academic All-State First Team for excellence in the classroom as well as accomplishments in athletics, and was pursuing an International Baccalaureate diploma at Aspen High School. Alex participated in and enjoyed all sports, including football, baseball, hockey and soccer, but his real love was basketball, at which he excelled. He also loved to write and had a real gift for storytelling. He was known for his ready smile, quick wit and great sense of humor. He had a wide circle of friends and will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved him.The family has been overwhelmed with all of the love and support that has flowed from the Aspen community and beyond, without which the family could not survive this tragedy. He is survived by his mother, Susan, his father, Tim, and his brother, Matt. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Elsie Bell Terral, of Lake Providence, La., and his maternal grandparents, David and Patricia Anthony of Marietta, Pa.There will be a private service for family on Thursday at 1 p.m.On Friday, at noon there will be a celebration of Alex’s life at the home of Lenny Weinglass on McLain Flats Road. Anyone who has a story or a picture to share is encouraged to write it down or bring it to the celebration. Friends are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, please contact Mary Ryerson at 429-2105.In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to the Alex Terral Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship Fund, Alpine Bank, in care of Mary Ryerson.
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