Ryan Alexander Westover was born on March 30, 1989, in Denver, Colorado to Herschel and Cynthia (Burkhart) Westover and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on June 9, 2022.
Ryan was the middle of three boys and was raised alongside his brothers, Blake and Lance with whom he loved to play baseball in the backyard, go on family vacations and spend summers in Ohio at their Grandparents. He also grew up spending much of his time with cousins on both sides of his family. He comes from two very close-knit families and spent many summers, holidays, and vacations forming bonds and memories. Ryan was known to be the first one to get a sun burn or to get sick during family gatherings. He was known as an energetic, goofy, fun, and loving person. He had a passion for sports since the day he could walk and spent many of his childhood days playing in the backyard with his dad and brothers.
Ryan graduated from Dakota Ridge High School in 2007 where he played four years of baseball and football and earned varsity letters in each sport. He then attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE where he achieved his dream of becoming a college baseball player. He spent his first year at Creighton and then played at Colby Junior College in Kansas for two additional years. He was offered a scholarship to play at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR which is where he successfully finished his college career and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
After college, Ryan moved back home where he began his successful career in sales and continued to play the game he loved so much. He and his oldest brother Blake played for Denver’s National Adult Baseball Association (NABA) where they enjoyed playing together. In April 2018, Ryan happily accepted the role of assistant coach to his oldest nephew’s (Bryson) baseball team. He helped coach the Lake Monsters for two seasons. He was a fun, patient, loving, and kind coach who the players and parents loved and respected.
Ryan is survived by his parents Herschel and Cynthia, brothers Blake (Victoria) and Lance, nephews (Bryson & Nolan), and many extended family members.
Ryan was not solely defined by baseball. He was a loving son, a supportive brother, a caring nephew, a witty cousin, and a wonderful uncle.