Harrison Kyle Smith—son, brother, friend, writer, and talented soccer player—died on Monday, January 19, 2015 at his family home in Pueblo, CO. He was 17 years old and a senior at East High School.
When Harrison was asked to describe himself in a word, he chose "sesquipedalian," because "If it has to be one word, it might as well be the one that means a lot of words." Born on January 25, 1997 to Harold and Wanda Smith, both English professors, Harrison was always known for his quick wit and love of word play. By age 10, no one would play Boggle with him. By age 15, he was already enrolled in AP English and dreaming up his first full-length novel, an epic fantasy inspired by his love for J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert.
Harrison was an engaging and social teenager who loved sports nearly as much as a good book. He helped take his school varsity soccer team to the championships twice in his goalie career. He loved taking part in school pride functions and assisting in pep rallies with his girlfriend, Jenny, whom he adored.
As a young man with both passion and an intense sense of empathy, Harrison was also subject to depression, which he battled for several years. He chose to end his life just days before his 18th birthday. He is survived by his parents; his older sister, Kelsey; his younger brother, Jacob; his paternal grandfather, Marcus; and his maternal grandmother, Mariam. He is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Carl; and his paternal grandmother, Laura.
Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Pueblo, CO on January 22, 2015. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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