Ryan Norman "Ballin State" Staton (1989 - 2014)

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Ryan "Ballin' State" Norman Staton

Juneau and Sitka resident, Ryan Staton, 24, tragically passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

His memorial will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 21st at Glacier Gardens (7600 Glacier Highway Juneau, AK). His family invites everyone who loved Ryan as much as we did to attend and share his life with us. There will be a celebration of life in Sitka at a later date.

Ryan was born November 22, 1989 in Juneau to Norman and Donna (Knight) Staton and his two older sisters Katie and Tess. While growing up he attended Valley Baptist Academy, Glacier Valley Elementary, Floyd Dryden Middle School, and shared his high school years at Juneau-Douglas High School and Sitka High School, graduating in 2008. After high school Ryan attended Western Oregon University. Ryan was of Tsimshian decent, a member of the Sitka Tribes of Alaska and a shareholder of Shee Atika and Sealaska. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

From a young age Ryan had a smile that could light up a room and a sense of helping others that he learned from growing up in his mother's classroom and on his father's teams. He had a spirit for life that would take your breath away. He always loved to make those around him happier with his hugs and his outgoing sense of humor.
Ryan will forever be remembered for his vibrant red hair and beard, unforgettable laugh, and infectious smile.


Like his father Ryan loved sports. Ryan played Gastineau Channel Little League, where his team won the Alaska Junior State Championship, Hoop Time Basketball, and Floyd Dryden and Juneau-Douglas High School basketball. His sophomore year of high school Ryan moved to Sitka to play basketball and baseball. Together his team, Sitka High School won two state baseball championships. His senior year Ryan pitched against Juneau and his childhood friends for the state championship. By playing for both teams throughout high school, Ryan brought players who had deep rivalries into everlasting friendships. He enjoyed basketball, gaming, weightlifting, frisbee golf, slow pitch softball and working at Landscape Alaska for the past few summers. He cherished his grandmother's gold Sebring convertible and while in college made many long cruises with friends in search of fun and adventure. Ryan thoroughly enjoyed spending every minute of his day with family and friends. He had expressed a strong desire to return to Juneau after college.

Ryan is preceded in death by his grandfather's Norman Staton Sr. and William Knight, his great aunt Angelina Salvato. Ryan was taken from this world way too soon and we as a family, friends, and community are left to find a way to continue on without him. He will always be greatly missed and never ever forgotten.

He is survived by his parents, Norm and Donna, his sisters Katie (Justus) and Tess (Kyle), grandmothers Ethel Staton and Audrey Knight, uncles Kim (Dawn), Randy, Gary (Mari) Knight, aunts Candi Barger, Shirley (Cliff) Robards, cousins Heath Barger, Gerri and Holly Chambers, Tuffy Robards, Michelle Kohinka, Robert Leighton, and many more, along with countless friends from all over Southeast Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, his family has set up a memorial fund at Wells Fargo to support the sports he loved (Ryan Staton Memorial Fund).

Published in The Juneau Empire on July 18, 2014