Tyson Arthur Preyer
July 29, 1979 – July 18, 2020
Tyson Preyer was born on July 29, 1979 at Rose Medical Center in Denver to Adele and Carl Preyer. He was raised and grew up as a Mormon in Denver/Centennial and attended Greenwood Elementary, West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. He was active in scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. At Creek he was active in the business club and was selected to attend a DECA competition in L.A. with his friend and teammate C.J.
From a young age, Tyson showed a great deal of interest in music and every kind of electronic device having to do with music. That love grew into a love of all things electronic. He loved to comb through catalogs whose contents consisted of amplifiers, speakers, head phones, computers and other devices. He would rattle off the specifications of them all and was able to explain what they meant with ease and enthusiasm. He also loved cars and could do the same with them whenever he spotted something exotic or interesting.
He attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a masters in accounting. During the summers he ran a window washing business with his friend Kevin. After graduating he traveled aboard backpacking through Europe with his friend Marsh.
After the European adventure he moved to Los Angeles and found work in accounting with a hedge fund. Near the end of his stay in L.A. a friend found a job for him that introduced him to the film/video industry . It wasn't a glamorous job, but driving equipment and doing odd tasks for various T.V. shows allowed him to spend time on sets and to see the behind-the-scenes side of video production. At one point, Tyson and this friend traveled to a small island to film a documentary on the indigenous people that lived there. These experiences ignited Tyson’s never ending interest in photography and video.
After living in LA for about a year he returned to Denver where he continued to pursue accounting. He worked for a public accounting firm, a real estate firm and then for a non-profit that helped underprivileged inner city teens graduate from high school. After several un-enjoyable years working in accounting he was determined to find another career path, but first he took his savings and once again headed to Europe. As it turned out he spent the next three months driving around Eastern Europe during one of the coldest winters on record. He recounted many memories of that trip for years to come.
Returning to Denver, Tyson moved in with his brother Kyle with whom he lived for the next 4 years. Tyson was determined to develop and to follow his passions for photography and video. Through his own efforts, he acquired a wealth of knowledge on these subjects. He started a videography business focusing on videos for other small businesses to publish on their websites. He also worked weddings, produced some videos for nonprofits, and did some work on documentaries.
He found that his true passion and desire was to produce his own documentaries. He spent a great deal of time accumulating the skills and knowledge necessary to position himself to be a video cameraman so he could enter the documentary field. He spent a year in New York City seeking to find a path into the business while living with his college friend Rick and Rick's two young children.
Unfortunately documentaries for him were not to be. Returning to Denver he had several part time jobs and spent time helping care for Louis, an old friend of the family.
Tyson passed away in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2020.
Tyson was a lover of animals who also loved him. His love of all types of animals is evidenced by the number of pictures he took where animals are the main subject. In fact, Tyson was always taking photos. It was rare to see him without a camera in his hand, pocket or around his neck. Tyson took thousands and thousands of pictures. A great many were of his friend’s children with whom he had great relationships.
Tyson loved to travel and was able to go on several trips to Europe and on a to trip Peru. He wanted to travel more - much more. As his solo trip to Eastern Europe in the dead of winter shows, he was fearless in his traveling endeavors and desires.
Tyson struggled to make a way for himself in this world, suffering from mental illness, of one form or another, for the majority of his adult life. He lost his mother to cancer in February of 2020, and it was especially hard on him because they shared a very close bond with one another. It is a tragedy that Tyson was not able to accomplish all that he wanted and all that he had the potential to do. Tyson’s complexity, knowledge, passion and love will be missed by all that knew him.
A slideshow video for Ty can be found at https://youtu.be/l1VczX9En6k
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Tyson Arthur Preyer
July 31, 2020
I met Tyson in college through a group of my very dear friends. Together, we were the type of friends that people dream of having. I am very blessed for having known Tyson and sharing a group of friends. Some of my happiest memories were shared with Tyson.
Ty had a personality that was effortlessly cool. A fun, easy going guy. People talk of “that laid back” friend. Tyson was the most laid back person I have ever met. Not in a “hippy dippy” sort of way, but in a way that made everyone want to share in his energy. Ty was open to anything in the world. He was friendly, kind, and never judgmental. I imagine Ty to be a friend to all walks of humanity.
Tyson had a really great, authentic laugh. I have fond memories of Tyson letting out a really rich and boisterous laugh at one of our audacious stories or nights out in the world together. I remember if Ty laughed during a story I told, it was such an authentic and warm laugh. He could lift up his friends just by enjoying a story, a conversation, and a great day together.
Tyson was a dear friend to many and I am blessed for the time I shared with him. I met him through my other best friends at CU during the greatest times of our lives. I will never forget Tyson. The friendship and laughs we shared will be with me forever.
July 28, 2020
I did not know Tyson well, but I was good friends with Adele and I heard about Tyson and Kyle through her. She loved them deeply and though this loss is so sad, I am glad to know they are together again. Best wishes and condolences to the family!!💐
July 24, 2020
We went to the Virgin Islands in 2008- we were on a video safari in hopes of catching the elusive Jost Van Dyke chest of history. We diligently taped and catalogued the rich cast of characters in their natural surroundings desperately hoping one of them could give us direction. When we weren’t working we were helping the locals and some occasional tourists diminish and liquidate the spirits. We were blessed with good luck and safe adventures as we explored the rich beauty of the island. We had a lot of deep conversations as we normally did no matter where we were on the planet. I always felt that he was one of the most intelligent and deeply caring people I knew. He was a gracious and powerful person and I think about him a lot. I hear his voice and see his smile clearly.