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A beautiful, brilliant force of nature named Byron Ligon jumped in and blew through this life so quickly, so deftly leaving his mark on everyone he touched - and then left for the next almost as quickly as he came in. The song tried to warn us against it, yet indeed, we must have blinked, for it was all too short. 
Byron Caleb Ligon was born Jan. 29, 1988, in Las Cruces, and opted out on Dec. 25, 2007. He attended schools in both Las Cruces and Cloudcroft, graduating from Las Cruces High School in 2006, then attending University of New Mexico for a year before returning to Las Cruces.
A multi-talented young person, Byron's greatest gift was his music. He possessed an innate ability to pick up an instrument, create an instant bond with it, and consistently compose a new language of both music and lyrics that can only come from the soul of a natural. His music possessed him and vice versa from an early age - and it will thankfully outlive all of us.
Equally soulful was his gift with the written word. But natural talent was no stranger to Byron - he just as effortlessly picked up skiing, frisbee golf, drawing, dancing (yeah, we gotcha on film, Byronee), welding and hamming it up for the scant audiences with whom he felt genuinely comfortable - lucky ones all.
Byron leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Shawna and Ernie Yarbro, of Cloudcroft; his father and stepmother, Mark and Gretchen Ligon, of Las Cruces; sisters Brianna Ligon, of Breckenridge, Colo., Bonnie Ligon, of Las Cruces, Maggie Colson, of Philadelphia, Megan Armijo and husband Tom, of Bosque Farms, and Kristin Tofani and husband Alex, of Moses Lake, Wash.; brothers Joseph Colson and Joshua Colson, both of Las Cruces; and soulmate Elissa Hutson, of Las Cruces. In addition, he is survived by grandparents Sam and Marcella Smith, of Ruidoso, and David Ligon, of Nickel Creek, Texas; great-grandmother Millie Giles, of Pearce, Ariz.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, all fans.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador, in Las Cruces, and a celebration of Byron's life will be held there at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.
For those who wish to donate in lieu of flowers, an account for the Byron Ligon Memorial Fund has been set up at First National Bank, account No. 93174820, 301 Burro Street, Cloudcroft, NM 88317. Funds collected will go toward an event or organization in Byron's name. To sign the guest book, go to www.lapaz-grahams.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 1 to Jan. 15, 2008
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