Aspen High graduate dies at age 20
August 12, 2002
Aspen lost another recent high school graduate last Thursday, the second death of a local young person in less than a week.
Sara McFlynn, 20, died late Thursday night at Children’s Hospital in Denver. Family friends said McFlynn, a diabetic, died due to complications from the disease.
McFlynn, who graduated from AHS in 2000, was an active member of the school’s soccer and cross country teams. She had just completed her second year at Georgetown University, where she studied English and literature.
McFlynn’s father, Aspen resident Tim McFlynn, is a former attorney who founded public legal organizations such as Roaring Fork Legal Services and Public Counsel of the Rockies. Her mother, Donna McFlynn, is a paraprofessional at Aspen Middle School.
McFlynn was admitted to Aspen Valley Hospital early Thursday morning after a strong seizure. She was flown to Children’s just after 10 a.m. that day.
McFlynn died around 11:25 p.m. Thursday at Children’s, a spokeswoman said.
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McFlynn’s was the second death of a recent AHS graduate in less than a week. Robbie Wade, 19, died last Sunday after being injured during a skateboarding accident.
Nearly 1,000 mourners arrived to share memories at Wade’s memorial service on Friday. Wade’s father, Bob Wade, told the crowd of McFlynn’s death.
A former classmate of McFlynn’s said memorial services are planned for later this week.
Aspen School District Superintendent Tom Farrell said he last talked with McFlynn two years ago during an AHS Senior Skip Day event in Denver. He said he remembers McFlynn’s ease with others and her sense of humor.
“She really was a crackerjack student, just a bright kid,” he said. “We talked all the way back from Denver, and it was like I was talking to a mature 50-year-old.”
After the school district weathers the rest of a “terrible week,” Farrell said district officials will discuss a memorial for Wade and McFlynn.