In Loving Memory of Andrew Dyer
Andrew Wayne Dyer, age 31, passed away April 12, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 21, 1986. He moved with his family to Divide, CO in 1993. Andrew was a student at Summit Elementary, Woodland Park Middle School and graduated from Woodland Park High School in 2005. He went to Pikes Peak Community College and completed his Baccalaureate in English at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2013. He recently worked at Luce Research and lived in Colorado Springs.
In May 2005, Andrew suffered an anoxic brain injury that resulted in a form of epilepsy that was difficult to control. He fought fiercely to release himself from its relentless grip, enduring a diet of powerful medications and submitting to numerous brain surgeries. Fortunately, he was under the care of an amazing team of doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, who cared for him deeply, advocated for him staunchly, and always gave him hope and respect. Unfortunately, he could not survive a final, massive seizure that took his life on April 12, 2018.
Against seemingly insurmountable odds, he crafted a fine life for himself. He was a talented writer, an excellent drummer, and an artist who wove humor into his drawings and renderings. Andrew was witty, wise, passionate, and intensely engaged. He was thoughtful, loving and kind, proudly sarcastic and spiritedly intellectual. He cherished his friends and family and adored his pets. Andrew loved to laugh and was ignited by a good political debate.
Andrew was a wonderful and authentic man, of whom his family will always be profoundly proud. His tenacity, courage and strength inspired many. Andrew is survived by his parents, Mike Dyer and Helen Risner Dyer (Divide,CO), his brother Ian Dyer (Colorado Springs, CO) and a large clan of aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. His friends and family are working together to create a private celebration of his life – an event he would want attend.
Additionally, his family is making donations to organizations that Andrew supported. In lieu of donations or flowers, his family requests that we all take a moment to to tell our loved ones how much we care about them, be generous with hugs, and spend time together laughing.
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado www.returntonaturecolordo.com