CHAMPAIGN – Aaron Christian Easter, 31, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., died Jan. 24, 2012, in Denver as a result of a snowboarding accident.
Aaron was born in Urbana on April 23, 1980, the son of Robert A. Easter and Cheryl K. Easter (Williams) of Mahomet. He graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in 1998 and attended Parkland College before transferring to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He completed a B.S. in Forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
After graduation, Mr. Easter served as an assistant golf course superintendent on courses in Illinois, Indianapolis and Wisconsin prior to moving to Colorado last year to work in forestry.
Mr. Easter married Amanda (Henderson) of Indianapolis in September 2008. She survives.
He was baptized in the Christian faith at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Urbana and was later a member of Grace Church in Mahomet.
He was a rugged outdoorsman, a lifelong enthusiasm that grew as he advanced through the ranks in Cub and Boy Scouts. It is probable that his decision to follow a career close to nature came during an extended hiking adventure in the Philmont Scout Ranch of New Mexico. For more than a decade he traveled extensively in the U.S., camping in national forests and parks. He enjoyed backpacking, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Aaron was on the Mahomet-Seymour golf team and a member of the Bulldog Marching Band that was selected to participate in the 1996 Rose Bowl parade.
Mr. Easter is survived by his parents, Robert and Cheryl Easter of Mahomet; his older brother, Brian Easter and his wife Sara (Marx) and their children, Brennen and Tyler, of Champaign; and his sister, Johanna Robinson (Jeff)) of Mahomet and their four children, Katelyn, Andrew, Olivia and Josie; as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, V.B. and Willie Williams of Clarksburg, Mo., and paternal grandparents, Edward and Hazel Easter of La Pryor, Texas. Aaron is also survived by a network of close friends who attended the Mahomet schools and are now spread across the planet.
Long ago Mr. Easter had made a decision to become an organ and tissue donor and had recently reaffirmed that decision when he moved to Colorado. Through the gift from his death others will live.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Grace Church, 800 W. Oak St. (Route 150) in Mahomet and funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Grace Church. Elder Bob Whattoff of Stratford Park Bible Chapel (Champaign) will officiate. Interment will follow the funeral service at Mount Hope Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Gift of Hope, the organ donor network of Illinois.
Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is in charge of arrangements.
The family extends grateful thanks to the ski patrol rescue team and medical staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs and to the Surgical Intensive Care Team at Denver Health Hospital as well as the many friends and colleagues from the community and around the world who have offered prayerful support and encouragement.