Talk to anyone about Carl Enyeart, and you'll hear the same story - that he was friendly, likable and easy to joke with. That he was a top student. That he had a good heart.
Life was progressing as usual for the 15-year-old sophomore at Summit High School, who as most kids his age was focused on passing the driving test for his permit. Then fate threw one of its inexplicable curveballs. On Nov. 8, a trip to the doctor diagnosed Carl with cancer. It had already reached an advanced stage, with tumors on his lungs, kidneys and liver.
Carl underwent surgery a few days later, and moved to Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver to begin chemotherapy in an effort to save his life. He was put into a coma to help ease the chemo treatment. While Carl fought his battle, another cruel twist of fate struck the Enyeart family. Agnieszka (Aga) Enyeart, his mother, unexpectedly passed away early Thanksgiving morning. The cause of her death is still unknown.
After nearly a month of fighting to survive, Carl succumbed to his illness Tuesday morning. He was surrounded by family members.
Rod Oliver, teacher of world geography and history at Summit High School, remembers Carl as a bright and engaging student.
"Carl was always a go-getter," Oliver said. "He always gave it his best effort. He never complained."
Oliver had taught Carl's civics and economics class the previous year, and said that they grew close.
"I really got close to him last year," Oliver said. "We had a good rapport because I could joke with him."
Carl also got along well with his fellow students. While he wasn't necessarily the class clown, he was always good for a joke or a laugh, or even just a smile.
"He was always just himself. He didn't try to be different so he'd fit in with the group," Oliver said. "All the kids that would sit around him, they would just know that he was going to be a positive smiling face in there every day, no matter what the situation. He was always upbeat."
Annie Lindsey, a close friend of the family, remembers Carl's passion for caring for animals.
"His best friend was Daisy, his dog. He wanted to be a vet when he grew up," Lindsey said. "He worked with horses over the summer at the stables. He was in heaven working with the animals. He was a bright young man, and he will be missed."
A joint memorial for Carl and his mother will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Father Dyer church in Breckenridge, with a fellowship to follow. Carl is survived by his father, Mike; brothers Bartosz, Tomasz and Bruce; uncle Brady; aunt and uncle Tomasz and Jolanta; grandmother Mary; and cousins Sabrina, Michal and Hubert.