Tyler N. West (1991 - 2016)

Obituary
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Tyler Nathaniel West was born on March 19, 1991, to Gregory Neil and Kimberly Ann (Ring) West in Anchorage, Alaska, and died on July 17, 2016. Tyler was a very kind and gentle soul who grew up in Anchorage. He worked very hard at any task set before him. He was a very loyal person, a lover of nature. He enjoyed hiking, gardening with his grandpa and building things out of wood. His love for animals began with his first pet, a gerbil he named Fuzzy. He also loved his cat, Mooch, and the family Chihuahua, Poquito. Tyler once found some young ducklings whose mother was killed by a train. Tyler felt compelled to bring them home and nurse them back to health. When they were healthy, he took them to the Bird Rehab Center, where they grew up and were returned to the wild. His parents were very proud of the compassion he showed for the little ducks. He was also a lover of music - playing his drums and bass guitar. He was very skilled at building computers and figuring out other types of electronic devices. As a lover of knowledge, he would extensively research anything he did not understand. At 14 years of age, he tried to explain String Theory to his father, but to no avail. Tyler also loved the warm waters of Daytona Beach, Fla., where he would visit his grandma and uncle. As a little boy, he especially enjoyed visiting the Disney World Parks and Universal Studios. The dinosaur ride at Epcot Center was always his favorite. Tyler even had the opportunity to walk around and sit in a space shuttle at Cape Canaveral. Once, he tried to count all the alligators at the Gator Land Zoo in Orlando, Fla., not an easy task. Florida seemed like his home away from home. "Our time with Tyler was far too short. We will always love him and miss him. There really are no words to describe our feelings for how much he will truly be missed. Rest in peace, our beautiful sweet boy," wrote his parents. May Jehovah keep him in his memory. (Job 14:14,15; John 5:28,29) Tyler is survived by his parents, Gregory and Kimberly West of Anchorage; grandparents, Ralph and Juanita Ring of Anchorage, Claudette Tripp of Aurora, Colo., and Edward and Kendra West of Bend, Ore.; aunts and uncles, Jack and Sandra Hurd of Anchorage and Vincent West of Aurora, Colo.; cousins, Lexxa and Seth Hurd of Anchorage; and his long time friend Justin Beebe of Anchorage. The family would like to thank the Glennallen Post, Alaska State Troopers for their time and compassion. Any contributions may be sent to MAT+SAR K9 Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 876467, Wasilla, AK 99687. Please visit Tyler's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21, 2016