September 26, 1974 ~ July 25, 2007
After living a full and wonderful life fighting against all odds, Tyler finally passed away late Wednesday night, July 24, 2007. Born with a congenital heart defect that would have taken many others, Tyler survived his first Blaylock procedure at the age of 4 days old, a second Blaylock at 2 1/2 years old and an open heart surger at 12 years old. He had a heart transplant on his 30th birthday and looked forward to a long and happy life. He had proposed to his girlfriend, Carrie, on Valentine's Day 2006 and took on her two kids as his own. Tyler also had a great custody arrangement with his son, Austin, from his first marriage to Jennifer. Tyler enjoyed the kids so much that he became an AYSO soccer coach to be with them.
In the past years, Tyler enjoyed Boy Scouts and camping, cowboys and rodeos, and Civil War reenacting. He worked as a truck driver, a tow truck driver and was schooled as a Chef at the Culinary Arts School.
Tyler was preceded in death by his brother Travis James, Grandmother Mary, and is survived by his son Austin Travis, his fiance Carrie, her kids Austin Patrick and Cassy, his sister Heidi, mother Lauretta, father Jim, stepmother Georgia and her kids, Brett and Jessica as well as an extended family of Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins that he loved and loved him right back. We miss him so.
A gathering for family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday August 1, 2007 from 11:30am to 1pm. The service will begin at 1pm, followed by a reception in the LIghthouse Reception Room at Rice Mortuary
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