Patrick John Vawter-Beaird passed away on April 24, 2012, after a tragic accident in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 22 years old. He was born in Denver, on Aug. 3, 1989. He is survived by his parents Kathy and Jim Beaird of Palm Harbor, Fla; Brothers Matthew and Andrew Vawter-Beaird, Jason and Jimmy Beaird; Grandfather Glenn Vawter; Grandmother Mary Linda Vawter; Uncle John Vawter; Aunt Linda Vawter Costa; Cousins Sydney and Colin Vawter, and Daniel Bullard and his family; Grandmother Avril Beaird; Aunt Peggy Beaird Thompson; Nephew Aaron Beaird; and Niece Shannon Beaird.
Pat, as his friends called him, was raised in Summit County. He graduated from Summit middle and high schools, and attended the University of Colorado in Denver where he majored in business and economics. In Summit, he participated in wrestling, football, ski team and he volunteered on Summit Historical Society restoration projects. He worked as a waiter at the Arapahoe Cafe. Patrick loved to travel and see new things and made new friends where ever he went. He cherished his cousins, nephew, niece and the Belcher children who called him "my brother Pat." Pat loved the mountains where he grew up. He will be sorely missed by the Vawter, Haberl, Beaird, Murata and Barney families, his many friends and "extended family".
A memorial honoring Pat's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday May 5, at the Dillon Community Church, 371 East La Bonte Street, Dillon. All of Pat's friends are invited to attend.