Soldotna resident Earl James "Ryan" Colton died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle from Neisseria meningitis. He was 20.
Viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Mr. Colton will be cremated following the viewing. A memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Bishop Frances Hurley will celebrate the Mass.
Mr. Colton was born June 18, 1984, in Anchorage. He graduated from Skyview High School in 2002 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
While in high school, he worked for his dad at Colton Underground Sprinklers and at Kambe Theaters. He most recently worked at Alaska Steel in Kenai.
He was a member of the church, where he was an altar server. He also was on student council during high school. While attending UAF, he was an active member of the Associated Students of Business and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
"Ryan had many special qualities that he used to his advantage to make people around him laugh and be happy. His outgoing, creative, upbeat personality had also touched many people throughout the span of his life. He was loved by his family and girlfriend, Rhyme. He is going to be missed so dearly by all family and friends and the many people he had touched throughout his life," his family said.
Mr. Colton is survived by his parents, Michael and Theresa Colton of Soldotna; brothers, Blake and Matthew Colton of Soldotna; grandparents, Dr. Earl and Elsie Colton and of Lakeside, Mont., Mary Colton of Richland, Wash., and James and Beverly Pavel of Yuma, Ariz.; uncles and aunts, Melissa and Randy Henry of Arlington, Wash., Dan and Connie Colton of Newman Lake, Wash., Bill and Bonnie Colton of Lake George, Colo., Steve Pavel of Kenewick, Wash., and Randy and Cathy Pavel of Suffield, Conn.; and cousins, Bruce, Crystal, Jessica, Amber, Erin, Katie Jo, Jeremy, Christopher and Cassandra.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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