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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  1. I was so very sorry to hear of Tylers passing. His life was so short. He will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Mary-Ann Fick & Bob

  2. To the whole Ellingson Family: Our hearts are breaking for all of you. Tyler was lucky to have all of you in his short but full life. We are thinking and praying for you, we love you all so much and wish we could be there to give each of you a big hug, Laura & Greg

  3. To Jim and the entire Ellingson family, words cannot say how sorry I am for your loss of Tyler. He was loved by so many. I will always remember him as a little boy. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  4. My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Tyler Ellignson. During my time in the Boy Scouts with him I can always remember him giving all he could and more no matter the challenge that was presented. He always had a positive attitude and an energetic demeanor that was infectious among those he was with. It was his perseverance and determination that inspired me to always overcome my own challenges no matter what odds were stacked against me. He was a prime example of the scouting spirit and a great person to be around. It was a privelage and an honor to have known Tyler and his family.

  5. To the Ellingson family, Chuck and I want to extend our warm thoughts to your family during this difficult time. We know Tyler led a challenging life, but he faced it with courage and inspired others. He will surely be missed, but never forgotten. Our thoughts are with you, Chuck and Pat King (Charlie King’s parents from Boy Scouts)

  6. Dear Jim and Family, We were saddened to hear of Tyler’s passing. While we have not had the pleasure of visiting with Tyler and his family in many years, we were occasionally updated by Jim during more recent times. We will always remember those early years when our babies, Sunshine and Ty, were little. Tyler was always in our thoughts and we wished him well in his ongoing struggles. It appears that he lived a productive and successful life in his 33+ years. We are not able to attend his service but we send our sympathy and will be there in spirit. Michael and Judith Borrett

  7. I will always remember Tyler as a beautiful little boy who faced all his doctor’s appointments and surgeries with more courage than many adults. I remember when you told me about his first surgery at 4 days old and we did not know if he would live even two more days. I am happy that he had more than 30 years. I know that he educated his doctors and caused them to rewrite their text books. He defied all the known rules and statistics for babies with this same condition. What a strong young man he became. I am fortunate to have known him and you are blessed to call him your son and brother. Love to all of you. Lisa Johnson

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