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[sticky post] Terry Lee Mathews, 1974-2013

Terry MathewsThis is a sticky entry (i.e., it will always be shown as the top entry on my latest entries page) about Terry Lee Mathews, known on LiveJournal as mountain_hiker. Terry passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was a 1993 graduate of Widefield High School and a 1999 graduate of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor's in Geography. An avid mountaineer and photographer, he is survived by his parents, Louis and Yong Chi (Nancy); a brother, Tom; three nieces and a nephew; his cats, Luna and Menchi; and numerous friends. Terry's ashes will be scattered in the mountains he loved so much.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 27th at Garden of the Gods. Mark Hayes Photography covered the memorial event; online galleries are available on Facebook and on his website, where you may purchase prints. He also wrote a blog post about the event.

Terry's ashes were taken to the summit of Crestone Needle in August. Britt Jones made a video from that trip; it's viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk1lGUmrPvs

There is a a memorial page for Terry on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial-To-Terry-Lee-Mathews/221868637964121


Terry, elsewhere on the Internet: obituary | 14ers.com profile / memorial thread | Google+ | LinkedIn | State of Euphoria (personal website) | SummitPost


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Jul. 14th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.. *hug*
Jul. 14th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Is it okay if I repost this to facebook? I will link to it via lj as well.
Jul. 14th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Please do. I figured it's easiest to have a sticky entry for the most updated information.
Jul. 14th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
I really appreciate this.
Jul. 14th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for making this difficult post. I just cannot believe he's gone. I do not want to believe it.
Jul. 16th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm in southern California and won't be able to make the ceremony. If you could, please relay my deepest, most heartfelt condolences to Terry's family. Thank you.

[I don't use Facebook]
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
I have made arrangements with a professional photographer to cover the service. There will be an online gallery afterward.
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! You are a really wonderful person. *hugs*
Jul. 19th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
I am able to host any/all photos you or friends and family want on my photo gallery. Terry would get his own album and it could be set to public or password protected. http://lylith.com/zen/ Just an option if wanted or needed.
Jul. 19th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the offer. Hosting is part of the package from the photographer so that's set. If someone wants to purchase a full set of digital files, I can ask about mirroring or hosting elsewhere. (I may later since Terry's dad has mentioned wanting to make a printed memory book.)
Jul. 16th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
We are so sorry for the lose of 'Terry' he was a great friend he did a lot of pictures he did our wedding pictures and we will have those to remember him by he will be missed as he leaves us,Hoes now in gods arms we will miss you Terry Mathews..Carrie and joey
Jul. 19th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
I just found your entry after hearing of Terry's passing. Im so saddened for his passing. I will share this with some other people who knew him if its ok.
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Please feel free to share the contents of the post with anyone that you think might want to know.
Jul. 22nd, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Since I can't access LJ from work and have very little internet access at home, and my LJ is practically innactive, it's been months since I last logged in. This morning I was thinking about writing on my LJ to speak about my recent engagement with political activism and human rights. I thought of writing on LJ because he was basically the only active member on my friends list and I thought he would like to read about it.

Then this. I feel so sad because he was such a smart, funny and generous man, a great friend, an excellent human being. I still have a happy holidays card he sent me once - he signed "Terry Mathews - [_|_]". He is gonna be missed, because people like him are so very rare... and so very needed.
Jul. 24th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
I want to thank you, both for calling the CSPD and for telling us of Terry's passing. I've known him for 12 years online so I don't know what to say.

I was talking to him in my journal comments on the 10th about a game we both liked, Shining Force 3. I can't believe that he's gone.

I'd like to know that his cats are being cared for, since he thought a lot of them. Do you know who's taking care of them?
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've been at a loss for what to say too. Since I'm geographically close enough to help a bit, I booked a photographer for the memorial service (a gallery will be up soon afterward for people that couldn't attend) and I'll be cooking at base camp when his ashes are taken up into the mountains in August by an impressive group of fellow mountaineers.

I exchanged texts with him the day before he passed away. It's surreal.

I believe that his best friends, who he asked to take care of things after his passing, are caring for the cats. They live in the same neighborhood so I think the cats only had a minimal distance to move.
Aug. 11th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
I just found out about this yesterday.

This is just terrible, absolutely terrible.

Last I knew things were getting so much better for him. He and I have talked about depression several times. He knew I would always talk if he needed someone.

The world has lost a good person.
Aug. 11th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
I thought you were on someone's list to notify and just... didn't know. I'm sorry.

I know it's been years since we last saw one another, but if you want my cell phone number, drop me an e-mail (oddharmonic at gmail.com) and I'll send it your way.
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