SHS grad Andy Proctor lived a life of adventure |

SHS grad Andy Proctor lived a life of adventure

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

At 18, most people are just figuring out what and who they want to be. Andy Proctor had already decided that, several times over.

He was a cowboy who loved horses and grew up at the Keystone Stables where his father works. He was an outdoorsman, fisherman and hunter who once shot a five-point bull elk before his first class of the day. He was a champion cyclist, a wrangler at Copper Mountain Stables and a recent Summit High School graduate considering a degree in engineering or geology.

“He had a spark,” Andy’s father Jeff Proctor said. “Every moment he was coming up with something exciting to do that made you wonder where he got the energy.”

On Saturday, Andy was killed in a dirt bike accident near Summit Cove after he apparently rounded a corner too fast, went off the road, into an embankment and was thrown from the bike. Andy, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, died of trauma to the head and neck, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

A nearby homeowner heard the crash and called for help.

Colorado State Patrol is still investigating the accident, but officials said speed is believed to be a factor.

Andy was born in Vail and spent much of his life in Summit County, where he learned to ride horses and got into competitive cycling. He graduated from Summit High School this year and planned to work on the oil rigs in western Colorado before heading off to college.

“He was just a wonderful kid, loved by everyone,” said Leslie Miller who owns Copper Mountain Stables where Andy worked through high school. “I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face.”

Always prepared for the next adventure, Andy purchased his first car at the age of 14, but by the time he was old enough to drive he was over 6 feet tall and would have been too big for it. He later bought a truck big enough to hold him and the gear he needed for whatever he was doing that day.

“He gave (his friends) the confidence to do things,” Andy’s mother Grace said. “He could walk into a room without saying a thing and the whole room just lit up.”

Andy’s family set up a memorial fund in his name at 1st Bank. Donations will be used to support the cycling needs of Summit County youth, in honor of Proctor’s passion for the sport.

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