Jeffry Bryan Reed, 45, lost his bitter eight-month battle with Burkitt's lymphoma on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at a hospice in Fort Worth. Celebration of life: Will be held after the first of the year. Y'all leave January open. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219. Jeff was born April 30, 1968, in Denver, Colo. Jeff was a curious, mischievous, fun-loving kid and never really grew out of that. He was always quick to amuse and to confuse. He would often leave you shaking your head. He could talk politics and guns 'til the cows came home. He took every opportunity to mentor young gun enthusiasts in the hope of passing on a continued appreciation of the right to bear arms. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved the outdoors and all its beauty. He loved his country and would do anything for his fellow man. He knew a lot about a lot. He could talk to anyone about anything and often did. Jeff could have died a long time ago from any one of the crazy things he had done. He pulled numerous stunts in the military, though the stories are likely exaggerated. He worked for a spice company in his younger days and was electrocuted. (There is a funny story about muscle relaxers.) He had his share of motorcycle wrecks but always refused to go to the hospital. He had some close calls while hunting and generally causing trouble. Jeff was very proud of his accomplishments in spite of what he felt was not a great childhood. He moved to Texas in 1986, after graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colo. He then saw himself straying down the wrong path and joined the Army-Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant E5. He attended Mountain View College on the GI Bill and received his associate degree in applied science. Jeff worked on helicopter avionics for Masco Service for 12 years while also pursuing his own successful computer business, Aftermath Computers. He switched careers in 2001 and joined Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants full time as the one and only IT administrator. Jeff married his second wife, Reta, in 2001. She faithfully put up with him for their 12 years together. He taught her that people are not scary and it is OK to love everyone. He taught her the value of a good hug. She taught him that dishes don't put themselves in the dishwasher, and there's no such word as "squoze." Jeff calmed a bit with the birth of his son, Travis. They were best buddies, though Jeff never got to teach Travis all he wanted his son to know. He always told him to do his best and to be a good boy. He did manage to demonstrate the art of the belch, many times. Jeff's military brothers stood by him and remain dedicated to his family -- James Cobb, Carlos San Martin, Ray Martinez and Lupe Del Torro. They, too, should probably have died long ago from lack of good judgment in their youth. Good thing they pulled each other through. The family would be completely lost without the love and support of their friends and neighbors (thank you for maintaining eye contact when encountering Jeff in the yard in his boxers) and adopted family of Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants. Words cannot express the gratitude for everything done and said on Jeff's behalf and for the family. The family wishes to thank the expert, caring, talented nurses and techs of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Harris Tower 7th Floor, Med-Surg ICU unit and ER Department. They made Jeff's stays more than bearable. Big hugs to all. And to his oncologist, Dr. Sanjay Oommen, you really should try to come up with good news once in a while. Just make something up. Seriously though, Doc, you did your best with what you had. Jeff extended his family far and wide in his last few months -- reaching out to online strangers with his story. He was embraced with unfathomable compassion. Jeff looked for a shoulder and instead moved a community to strive to become better people, to love one another, to hug loved ones a little tighter. Jeff's life truly had a purpose and he served it well. Complete strangers have provided more than just words of encouragement and prayers. They provided a world-wide heartbeat from which love and brotherhood will beat eternally. Jeff's family is honored to include the members of AR15.com
as members of the family. Jeff was preceded in death by his good friend, Edward Louis Silva. They met in the hospital and became fast friends. They are partying now at the biggest tailgate party ever! Survivors: His wife, Reta of Fort Worth; son, Travis; stepdaughters, Alex and Kristen Ramirez; mother, Cheryl Puchrik (Tony) of Camas, Wash.; best friend, James Cobb of Garland; Reed family in Denver, Colo., father, Gary Reed, and siblings, Eric Reed, Crystal Reed, Sean Reed and Craig Reed; aunt, Jeanene Myers of Brownwood; and multiple cousins.