Ty Tankersley

Obituary
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Former Alaska resident Dr. Ty Tankersley, DVM, died June 10, 2007, in a paragliding accident at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colo. He was 46.
A celebration of life will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Regional Park in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Dr. Tankersley was born Nov. 28, 1960, in Portland, Ore., to Larry and Lynette Tankersley of Soldotna. He moved with his family to Anchorage in 1973 and graduated from Service High School in 1979. He served in the Alaska Air National Guard from 1979 to 1981. Dr. Tankersley received his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1989. At the time of death, he was co-owner of the Hampden Family Pet Hospital in Englewood, Colo.
Dr. Tankersley helped pioneer laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy and ovariectomy techniques and taught and lectured internationally on these techniques. He designed the Tankersley Ovariectomy Hook and the TT Endoscopic Positioner. He was south area director of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.
Dr. Tankersley was devoted to his children and loved being active in their youth sports and school activities. He had a passion for flight and photography. He was a master scuba diver and expert paragliding and paramotor pilot. He attained black belt in tae kwon do. He enjoyed golf, his motorcycle, skiing, camping and hiking, and was an avid fisherman.
He was a very loving and dedicated husband, a caring and committed father and wonderful son. He had a passion for life with an adventuresome spirit and a kind, comical, honest and gentle nature, and was blessed with numerous close and true friends.
Dr. Tankersley is survived by his adoring and loving wife, Lorena; daughters, Brittni and Sydney, son, Hunter; and stepchildren, Lonnie and Antoine Robinson, all of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; mother and father, Larry and Lynette Tankersley of Soldotna; mother-in-law, Carmen Berthier of Mexico City; brother, Troy, and nephew, Tyler, of Anchorage; brothers-in-law, Erick, Omar and Tony Berthier of Mexico City; sister, Laura (Dan) Brodigan of Palmer; sister-in-law, Vicky (Luis) Bravo and niece, Andrea, of Mexico City; grandmother, Maradean Lyon of Malin, Ore.; aunts, Maralee (Rick) Illian of Anchorage, Loudean (John) Elliott of Klamath Falls, Ore., Elvita (Victor) Gomez of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Jeanie Tankersley of Portland; uncles, Rod Lyon (Marie) of Malin, and Jerry (Dot) Tankersley of Wappappello, Mo.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Contributions to the Ty Tankersley Memorial Fund may be made at any Citywide Bank, to money market account 141100494.
The family invites those who knew Dr. Tankersley to sign the guest book at www.bullockmortuary.com.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 19, 2007