Ryan Maynard, 28, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 12, 2013 at home with his parents by his side. A loving son and devoted brother, Ryan was released from the pains and struggles of his failing body to once again walk with family and friends who preceded him to eternal life with our Lord.|
He was born on May 15, 1985 in Fayetteville, NC, the oldest son of Joel and Chris (Cutter) Maynard and attended schools and impacted people in Illinois, Virginia, New Zealand and Colorado as the son of an Air Force family. Ryan lived every day to touch others in a special way and leave an imprint on their lives. His success in this endeavor will be a major part of his enduring legacy.
He is survived by his parents, his brothers Jaron of New York, NY and Kody of Greeley, CO and an extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends around the globe.
With an infectious smile and riveting blue eyes, he strived everyday to be a part of everything he could. A member of the school chorus and church choir, he enjoyed sharing his talents and living life to the fullest. As the oldest child, he took his job of looking after his brothers and friends seriously and never wanted to be left out. He was driven by perseverance and an inner strength that endeared him to all he met. From the soccer and baseball fields to the swimming pool and the classroom, he took the challenges head on and led by example.
An avid Braille reader, Ryan had the opportunity to do many exciting and memorable things over his short life. He attended Space Camp in Florida, he learned to sail on the Potomac River, he stood on top of Pikes Peak in Colorado and the Empire State Buildings in New York City, and he had the opportunity to touch and feel the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. An inspiration to many, he saw it purely as doing his best and being a part of the class or member of the team.
The family wants to extend a warm and heartfelt thanks to the many doctors, teachers, therapists and caregivers that provided Ryan with their love and care over the years. You are all special people that we feel blessed to have had as a part of his life.
Arrangements for a Celebration of Life are being made. For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ryan's name may be made to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association at www.bdsra.org.
Published in The Gazette from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013