110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Jan 8, 2014 - 11:32:29am
The 4-H community statewide is mourning the loss of Trysten Carey, who died Dec. 31. His mother said the 11-year-old died as the result of a seizure, only the third seizure he had had in more than three years.
"The doctors worked on him for six hours," Diana Carey said. "He would flatline, and they would bring him back ... it was so hard to hear the doctor say that they couldn’t save him."
She talked about her son, and the beautiful life and legacy he leaves behind.
Trysten joined 4-H at age 6, and his family said his dedication to animals, and his thoughtfulness when it came to his companions, touched lives across the state.
“He was so beloved by his 4-H family from across the state," Diana Carey said.
Trysten raised chickens and showed them in competition. This year, and last year, he won an award for his work at the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show.
"He raised birds on The American Livestock Conservatory List — critical — he worked to save endangered birds," Diana Carey said. "We stood behind him 100 percent."
People’s memories of Trysten, and the outpouring of love from the community, have been a comfort to Diana Carey.
"He used to man the “ask me” booth at the fair," she said, "where the kids sit with their chickens and people can come up and ask about them. He encouraged other children. One girl said that she wouldn't have joined 4-H if it hadn't been for Trysten."
Diana Carey said Trysten had moved up and was showing a small sheep.
"He showed that sheep everywhere," she said.
Trysten's aunt, Chris Singleton, said her newphew and her grandson, who are the same age, frequently played together at her home.
"He was just a very sweet little boy," Singleton said. "He was just sweet, polite, all of his teachers have said how wonderful he was."
Trysten enjoyed playing cowboys in the woods near the Singleton home.
Singleton said the entire family is devastated.
"It's a tragedy to lose a child this way," she said.
Singleton thanked the community for its warm support for the Carey family, and for donations that will help with Trysten's final expenses. Friends established a bank account; donations can be made at any Fifth Third Bank branch, to Account No. 7442242785.
Trysten was active with the Volusia County 4-H program, called the Ranch Raiders. He was a fifth-grader at Blue Lake Elementary School in DeLand.
He is survived by his parents, Chad and Diana Carey; brothers Jarek Straka, Andy Freeman, Austin Carey and Dakota Carey; paternal grandparents Carl and Carolyn Carey; maternal grandfather Anthony Straka; uncles Conway Carey, Anthony Straka, Jr. and Andrew Straka; aunts Chris Singleton, Cheryl Pry, Peggy Coffin and Ginger Straka; and numerous cousins.
A funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Allen-Summerhill Memorial Chapel in DeLand, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Michael Schmidt will officiate. Interment will follow at Ponceanna Cemetery in Paisley. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the local Volusia County 4-H chapters, in care of the University of Florida Extension Service, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724.
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