Evan Gardner, 35, of Fort Collins passed away January 10, 2020. He was owner of Painting Solutions, a painting contractor operating in Northern Colorado. Born in Winfield, IL he is survived by his parents, Michael and Joanne Gardner of Wheaton, IL and his two cats, Fat Boy and Little Girl
Evan loved eating; hiking; working out; animals of any kind; children, especially those with special needs; comedy performances; any team playing against the Broncos; all kinds of music including Yanni which he blames on his mother. He will be remembered for constantly cleaning his hands but dropping his trash anywhere, really caring about people and for living his life in flip flops. He hiked 3 fourteeners in Colorado in flip flops.
In his younger years he worked as a special education aid and did respite care for autistic children. It was his dream to become a special education teacher.
He learned to love travel in recent past years for which his mother is eternally proud of him. He leaves behind amazing friends whom he dearly loved and wishes he was more honest with them and could have stuck around longer. He also wishes he could have cast his for vote for whoever is running against Trump.
His smile, laugh, hugs and sarcastic wit will be dearly missed.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of these depths”.
Evan knew them all and almost made it out. His ashes will be unceremoniously spread up on Horsetooth Mountain by his friends where he can continue to enjoy the Colorado sunrises and sunsets.
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There is a wonderful piece written by Tim Wise about loss. https://mailchi.mp/ac957cd2f1cc/lifeisfragile?fbclid=IwAR3En_WB2YABfUE1f_F0D0nP6TsgmpQwxAFEsMZeQvoATlLIfvBsDsjRB1g