Dillon Egger

Durango resident Dillon Pearce Egger died on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Swedish Medical Center in Denver from injuries he suffered in a one-car accident on Wolf Creek Pass three days earlier. He was 18.

Mr. Egger was born to Bob and Debbie Egger in Durango on Oct. 16, 1990. He graduated from Durango High School in May 2009.

His family said Mr. Egger accomplished a lot in his 18 years. He was an avid snowboarder and enjoyed playing his guitar, listening to music, tubing down the Animas River and playing golf with his father and friends. Mr. Egger was active in the parish of St. Columba Catholic Church.

Mr. Egger most recently worked for The Durango Herald and Directory Plus. He was looking forward to attending Fort Lewis College. His ambition was to study medicine and become a plastic surgeon.

"Dillon will be remembered for his happy-go-lucky attitude, his mischievous smile, his baggy pants and his kind, gentle spirit," his family wrote. "In Dillon's giving, generous and unselfish nature, it was his wish to be an organ donor. For those of us who knew him best, we have been truly blessed to have had him in our lives."

Mr. Egger is survived by his parents, Bob and Debbie Egger, of Durango; brothers Timothy Pearce of Cortez and Justin Egger and Troy Egger, both of Madison, Wis.; sisters Kayla Pearce and Shelby Egger, both of Durango; grandmothers Doris Pearce of Durango and Donna Egger of Farmington; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at St. Columba Catholic Church. A service will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, also at St. Columba. A reception will be held after the burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adopt-a-Student Program and sent to Kathrene Frautschy, St. Columba School, 1801 East Third Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

The family requests that parents take the time to hug their children and let them know how much they are loved.