It is with extremely heavy hearts we share the news that our technician, Tyler Justice, passed away the morning of Thursday, October 19th in a motorcycle accident.
Tyler had been with us at Techvera for just over a year, and quickly became a loved and valued teammate. When someone needed help, whether IT-related or not, he was the first to volunteer. Always ready with a joke for his coworkers or clients, it seemed to be his mission to brighten the day of everyone he came in contact with. Tyler’s humor, intelligence, wit, caring, and spirit will always be remembered. We are honored to have known and worked with him.
In situations like this, we don’t get the chance to say a proper goodbye. So instead I’ll leave my last words to Tyler here.
There has never been a sadder day at the office than last week when you passed. I had the responsibility of sharing the news with the team. It was so unexpected, shocking, and tragic. Our team is heartbroken. Life never prepares you for moments like this. Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about you a lot.
The office isn’t the same without hearing your booming voice and that dry sense of humor that always got laughs from both clients and coworkers. I always got a kick out of how you could converse with our clients. You solved their issues while making them chuckle and feel good about working with you. It was a rare, incredible trait you possessed that I really admired in you. You were intelligent, funny, and had an infectious smile – I wish I would have told you these things more often.
You were one of the most brilliant technical minds we’d ever seen and were affectionately known around the office as “T2.” Since the office closed at 5, but your shift ended at 6, you and I got to spend some time together and talk shop quite often. I enjoyed our end-of-the-day conversations, where we spoke about our future and the next big SQL project you had on your plate. You gave our team the confidence to pursue new endeavors because of your amazing database talents. Your “can do” attitude always lead you down the path of success when solving technical challenges. We were so fortunate and proud to have you on our team, Tyler.
I think the most important thing to remember about you wasn’t your technical expertise, it was your kind and caring heart. I remember asking you one Friday evening what plans you had for the weekend. You told me that you were headed to your grandmother’s house after work to mow her yard. I know you did this regularly. That’s not something you hear every day from a young man on a Friday at 6 PM.
Another example of that kindness is how you loved and cared for your pets. Just a few weeks ago, you had adopted a dog that was rescued from Hurricane Harvey. I remember hearing about this and thinking about how lucky that dog was to find his way to you. Your friends and family are making sure that all your pets find good, caring homes. I hope that you know that.
It was a personal honor and privilege to call you a friend and team member.
We love you, man. Rest in peace, Tyler.
Tyler’s friends and family have set up memorial funds with a few organizations that reflect his passions in life. Contributions to any of the great causes below are truly appreciated.
Child’s Play – Seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity and kindness of the video game industry and the power of play.
Extra Life – Unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
ASPCA – Aims to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation, National Motorcycle Safety Fund – Works to eliminate motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through research and training efforts and motorist awareness efforts.
Lewisville ISD Education Foundation, Tyler Justice Memorial Scholarship
Credit card donations can be made here (please specify that the donation is for the Tyler Justice Memorial Scholarship): www.lisdef.com/donate
Check donations can be made out to the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation and mailed to 400 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75057 (note on the memo line that the donation is for the scholarship fund).