Zachary Alexander Eschrich

March 1, 1990June 13, 2013

Zachary Alexander Eschrich, “Alex,” went home with the Lord on June 13, 2013, at the age of 23. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Alex was born in Thousand Oaks, California.

He is survived by his parents, Leslie Orth and Zachary Eschrich; step-parents Rob Orth and Katie Eschrich; brothers Chris, David and Jackson, and his grandmother, Francis Gleim. He was greatly loved by his aunts and uncles, Lynn Peterson, Robert Kidd, Ted and Nancy Hunnicutt, and Shane and Dustin Brown.

Alex graduated from Westlake High School in 2008. For the past two years Alex worked as a Marketing Coach for a company in Camarillo. His favorite pastimes were dirt biking, snowboarding, and cooking, all of which he did in the company of those closest to him.

Alex lived his life with a never ending smile on his face. He was a constant source of love and laughter. During the last six months of his life Alex showed a patience and grace of spirit that was humbling to all.

Memorial celebration will be held on June 21, 2013, 11:00 A.M. at Crossroads Community Church in Camarillo, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Alex’s name to UCLA Jonsson Cancer Research Center or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 21, 2013

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Bryan Lazar

July 1, 2013

RIP to one of the funniest kids I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Alex Eschrich, anybody can say that you were such a nice guy and knew how to make any person smile. This world is an ugly place.

Bryan Lazar

July 1, 2013

RIP to one of the funniest kids I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Alex Eschrich, anybody can say that you were such a nice guy and knew how to make any person smile. Even when I wasn't with you i still would crack up at things you would say at previous occasions. You were such a funny dude. I'll really miss you man.


June 26, 2013

Every day you're not here is harder and harder. I miss you more than anything and I hope you know how much I love you. I am so grateful for every second I got to spend with you. You will always be my brave little toaster.
Forever and ever I'll love you,

Kathy Angel

June 24, 2013

Alex thanks for your encouragement.
Once we went snowmobiling in Mammoth, we split up the kids amongst us and how lucky was I to have Alex as my co-pilot I think he was 12 or 13. At some point I asked him if he wanted to drive (sorry Les) that was the most fun, he drove that thing better than me. On another day we had a ski day planned and I had not skied in years, I was so afraid I forgot how to ski and was worried I would fall trying to get off the lift. Upon getting off the lift successfully he looked at me and said see? You will be fine. He stayed with me the whole way down the mountain gracefully snowboarding as I plowed my way down the mountain. I had my own little snow angel giving me the courage I needed with the added, see, I told you so. On another trip to Lake Powell, I was just learning to wake board and not so successfully either. It was late in the day, everyone had gone out earlier; I procrastinated all day to avoid the face plants that were inevitable. Uncle Rob said it's your turn and I declined, Alex stood up and said you have to do it, I was like no, you go, this went on for a few minutes until Alex said to me, you can do it, just get in, and then stated that we were not going to start the boat until I did, he said we will just sit here. Well the water was glass and I had the best ride I ever had to that point because of Alex's persistent encouragement. In the water I remember looking up at him and hearing him say…see you can do it, with that beautiful smile of his.
Alex, you are a gentle soul who has left footprints on all of our hearts with your kindness.
Thank you for being my friend, you always made everything more fun. I will miss you in my heart but will see your smile every day of my life and hear your encouraging words to just do it. My love to you always and forever.

Nancy Hunnicutt

June 23, 2013

I was blessed to be Alex's “Nauntie” for 23 years and thanks to my wonderful sister Leslie, I was allowed in the delivery room when Alex was born – a gift words cannot express. While I'm so sad the Lord called Alex home so soon, I'm so grateful that I knew him and was blessed with his love and presence. Alex, you are and always will be one of the great joys of my life and I know you're making the angels in heaven smile just as you did all of us here on earth. Thank you for allowing me to be your Aunt, your Godmother and your friend – I love you more than words can say and will miss you everyday until we're all together again.

Greg Webb (brother)

June 22, 2013

Alex was a charming young man. I had the privilege of watching him grow up over his adolescent years. I remember when he was born. Beautiful boy with that California blond hair. He and my sister became instant best friends. Now as an older brother, I should be protective of my younger sister but heck this was Alex. I loved him and he was a blast to be around. His energy was contagious and heart as big as his hair.

Our families grew up side by side and we spent a lot of time with one another via vacations, holidays or just getting the Webb's and Eschrich's together. Trips to Mammoth and Roberto's for dinner in the evening (where apparently every other family in Mammoth also attends.). Alex would supply the entertainment while we waited for our tables. Christmas dinner spent at Lawrys where we ate like kings or family BBQ's.

However, my fondest moments with Alex came while we were at their Westlake home. Leslie and Zack many years ago asked if I would watch the boys (babysit while they went out to dinner.) This is where I got to really know and love Alex. I looked forward to watching/ hanging out with the boys so much. On a regular basis I would watch Alex and his brothers. We had such a blast playing video games, watching sports etc. Alex and I would play Mario Cart over and over. The only problem was eventually Alex would have to go to bed but we were like two kids wanting to stay up just a little bit longer.

We talked sports, played basketball (Horse) and endless hours in the pool. Alex was a great athlete and seemed to do well in almost everything he tried. However, at the Acton house it was baseball or the awesome playground set in the Eschrich's backyard that occupied our time. Alex was always so upbeat and happy.

Alex will be missed more than I can express. Alex will always be my little brother. Although I'm frustrated that he is no longer here, I know that he is with you Lord- PAIN FREE. I look forward to the chance of seeing my little brother again and maybe playing another round of Mario Kart before he introduces me through the gates of Heaven. We will have a lot to catch up on. I love you Alex.

Julie Ardissoni

June 22, 2013

We nurses on the 4th floor fell in love with the kind, patient, snack-loving guy Alex was. No matter what was tossed at him, it was either thumbs up or thumbs down. No complaining. Even when his Aunt took a photo of him in the air on the sling.....good sport he was but he vetoed the green hat. :-) May all of Alexes family and friends find comfort in the memories of how he made you feel. Julie RN

Morgan Berliner

June 21, 2013

Before we really got to know each other, Alex and I took trumpet lessons with Frank together. Frank used to have us compete against each other with whole note contests, and every week I'd ask how long Alex held the note for so I could try to beat him. Early middle school we also had to perform buglers holiday, but we could both barely make it through the piece, so when it came time to put it together we spent more time goofing off than rehearsing. We also sat next to each other playing trumpet all through middle school and high school. Looking back, all those years seem like the blink of an eye. I remember some days we'd get in so much trouble for goofing off all the time, but he made it so much more fun. One time we threw a pencil at each other and I honestly thought we were going to get thrown out of rehearsal. I looked forward to band because I knew that sitting next to Alex it'd always be fun and an adventure, and that guaranteed I'd never be bored. My prayers go out to the family, and I will always remember and cherish the memories.

June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013