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On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Dylan Orlo Crosby of Parker, Colorado, passed away at the age of 28. He was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He is survived by his loving mother, Kimberly Blinn; father, Frank D. Crosby; sister, Jessica Crosby; brother, Frank Crosby; grandfather, Roger Garberding; grandmothers, Sandy Garberding and Elaine Crosby; step-father, Jeffrey Blinn; step-sister, Staci Blinn; step-brother, Joseph Blinn; his aunts Kristi, Angie, Julie, Pam, Roxy, and Liz; uncles, Bill, Pat, Jeff, and Cory; as well as his many cousins. Dylan was born on April 20, 1991 to Kimberly Blinn and Frank Crosby as the youngest of their three children. Dylan grew up in Colorado with his mother, father, and older siblings, Frank and Jessi. He graduated from Lakewood’s Bear Creek High School in 2009 and at the time of his death he was a shift manager at Garbanzo’s Mediterranean Grill where he worked with his brother Frank. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, including Cody the family dog, whom he cared for deeply.
It is hard to imagine that there has ever been anyone loved as deeply and widely as Dylan. Many people lose touch with those they knew in their childhood and teenage years, but Dylan did not. His relationships with his family and friends were his top priority, and he held a uniquely special place in each one of their hearts. He was outgoing and authentic in a way that seemed effortless and he made friends everywhere he went. He had the ability to make the people in his life feel valued, and he loved them with his whole heart. He enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and playing Frisbee golf. Dylan was a huge hockey fan, his favorite team being the Colorado Avalanche (of course). He was passionate about music, and was an avid follower of his favorite band, Umphrey’s McGee, whose concerts he attended on countless (over 50) occasions. Their music just jived with his whole being. When he wasn’t at their shows, he would watch their Facebook page in hopes of a “live stream” that would allow him the opportunity to hear them play. He appreciated the variety of their songs, instrumental talent, powerful lyrics, and impressive light displays, but mostly the effort the band put into connecting with their fans, which emphasizes the values he found most meaningful in life.
Dylan will be remembered for many things, but most importantly for the genuine kindness and love that radiated from his soul. Dylan’s sense of humor brought so much laughter and joy to the world, but especially to those that needed it most. The depth of loss felt by those mourning his death is accentuated by the memory of him making them smile, even threw dark times. Dylan’s presence was calming and assuring, and even without saying a word he could provide comfort. He was a breath of fresh air in a world consumed by deadlines and to-do lists, and he intrinsically knew what mattered in life – it was ingrained in the core of who he was. Dylan loved and was loved more in his 28 years than many people who live to be 100. He will be so very missed by so many, but especially by his loving parents and his siblings. He will be remembered in death with the same love he gave to others in life, and his life will be celebrated daily.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (https://rmcrisispartners.org/home/donations/)
A service for Dylan will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
7691 S University Blvd.
Centennial, CO 80122
Reception to follow