Kyle Tietze Will be Missed by Many

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 12:36am -- Ernie Page
May 1, 1984 - November 13, 2010 Kyle was an avid outdoorsman who enthusiastically enjoyed skiing, hiking, and climbing with his friends and family. Kyle was greatly beloved by those who knew him. Kyle was the son of TUNA stalwarts, Becky and Chris Tietze. Becky is a long time Wasatch Citizen's Series volunteer. For the past few years, Becky has been responsible for our post race lunches. Chris is a masters racer, and a former TUNA Board member. Many TUNA members remember Kyle's two brothers Eric and Niels and Kyle's sister Johanna. Kyle, Eric, and Niels were all strong TUNA Junior racers. Kyle went to Junior Olympics and skied the Birkebeiner with Chris. The day before he passed away, Kyle defended his masters thesis in meteorology at the University of Utah. Fortunately, his whole family was able to celebrate his success at this happy occasion. A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Church (569 South 1300 East) at 4:30 on Saturday, November 20th. The Tietze family has requested that in lieu of flowers, people donate to the Himalayan Cataract Project in the name of Kyle. The Himalayan Cataract Project ( www.cureblindness.org ) is dedicated to reaching the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. Their innovation and determination have made possible a life-altering cataract surgery for only $20 which reaches the most needy patients in the world’s most remote places. It sounds like a great cause, and a cause that should be near the hearts of all of us who enjoy mountains and snow. I particularly enjoyed the following quote from Kyle's Facebook site: "Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" -- Dr. Seuss
Kyle Climbing
Chris and Kyle Tietze on Mt. Olympus
Kyle Tietze and Ruckus on Mt. Olympus