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Jonathan Andrew Cyphers

- February 24, 2019

~~Jon was a gift to us on Father’s Day, 1984. He was welcomed by his parents, older sister, grandparents and extended family. Jon lived in Evergreen and was well known in the mountain communities.

Jon spent his early years as most little boys with trucks, cars, army men, legos, lincoln logs & playing outside. When he learned to walk, mom nicknamed him “man on a mission” because of his zeal and enthusiasm about all things. Jon was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age four, but he never slowed down.

He was engaged in a great many activities and had a reputation for leadership in several organizations. Growing up, Jon attended Conference Baptist Church (now Aspen Ridge Church) and was involved in Christmas plays, AWANA, Family Fun nights (with unique costumes usually including wheels), youth group, Dare2Share, retreats, a mission trip to British Columbia, and many church gatherings. He participated in Cub Scouts and won many Lad-Dad Cake Bake Awards with truck and race car style cakes. In middle school, he earned a science fair ribbon for a working hovercraft he created with his friend Zach- which he actually “rode”!    

Jon attended Evergreen High School. Jon skied with the National Sports Center at Winter Park and competed in Special Olympics, winning four gold medals in slalom and giant slalom.  These medals, along with other Special Olympics awards, earned him the privilege of an athletic letter and wearing an EHS Letter Jacket. He was granted the Principal’s Award as a senior and graduated from Evergreen High School in 2003.

After high school, Jon was active in community events. He served as president of Blue Spruce Kiwanis Aktion Club and was given the honorary title of “Chairman” of Teen Lunch Club.

Throughout his life, Jon participated in fundraising and telethon events for MDA, including a TV spot with news anchors Bertha Lynn and Ernie Bjorkman at Denver Fire Station #1. He received former Denver Bronco Dan Neil’s Leadership Award from Albertson’s Muscle Team, discussed politics with Shannon Sharpe, met numerous firemen, sports players, cheerleaders, rodeo queens and other celebrities over the years.

He approached life with his adventurous spirit. As young kids, Jon and his younger sister once put on their camo rain suits and crawled through the yard stalking a herd of deer. He loved to go to Easter Seals Handicamp for outdoor camp activities every summer. Bandimere Speedway was a favorite, especially “Night of Fire and Thunder” and Kids of Courage events, even racing down the track in several official dragster race cars.

In his many travels, Jon crossed the country to visit National Parks, important landmarks, military & historical museums, family, and friends. Family trips to the Northwest and Canada, the Southwest, Washington D.C., Southeast States,  Disney Land & Disney World, and the Mountain States were grand adventures. As a man who loved music, he experienced memorable concerts: meeting the Newsboys at Red Rocks, Carrie Underwood at the Pepsi Center, many artists at the Country Music Association (CMA) concert in Nashville, Tennessee, and Ned Ledoux at the Grizzly Rose in Denver.

Jon experienced the outdoors in tents, tipis, trailers, motor homes, and cabins.  He was always an outdoorsman, greeting the weather, travel, and discomforts with patience and contentment.  For many years, he camped at Lake McConaughy in July with a group of families from church. The boating, beach time, fireside gatherings and lingering sunsets are lasting memories.

Jon and Dad fished wherever they could find water, especially with the Mountain Pathways group.  They hunted ducks, antelope, deer and elk in Colorado, turkey in Nebraska, deer in Texas, and pheasants in South Dakota.  Jon was invited to harvest deer (whitetail & axis) at Selah Springs Ranch in Brady, Texas. Along with his grandfather Maynard, they went to Tumbleweed Lodge in South Dakota to hunt pheasants in style for two years. The guides at the Ranch, appointed Jon the position of “Honorary Guide” for his fortitude and strategic savvy in the field.

For the past several years, Jon travelled to Paxton, Nebraska to work with his friend and brother Matt Lake on the ranch.  This meant helping with ranch chores, moving cattle, target shooting, fine food and family time. The highlight of these trips was the “Combine Demolition Derby” at the county fair.  The time to be ranch hands was a rich memory.

As strong and determined as he was, Jon also had a kind and loving side. He always looked out for his younger sister. Jon loved children and would offer rides on his chair.

       Jon was a stellar example of courage, perseverance, and resilience, but above all, he brought joy and laughter to everyone who knew him. He expressed that he wanted to live a life pleasing to God and to be an example. In his words, “God’s got me here for a reason.”~~

He is survived by his parents Stephen & Sandra Cyphers of Evergreen; sisters Amber (David) Leatherwood & Amanda Cyphers; nieces Autumn, Isabel, & Emalee; grandparents Maynard & Joyce Peterson; many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents Vince & Phyllis Cyphers.

In lieu of flowers as a non-profit community ministry…
Mail to: 
Elevator Fund for Mtn Community Pathways
c/o Church of the Hills
28628 Buffalo Park Road
Evergreen, CO 80439
Payable to: Church of the Hills 
Memo: Elevator Fund


41 Responses

  1. Kim and Rusty Thulin says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the Cyphers family. May our Lord comfort and carry you during this time of sadness and grief, and may he sustain you in the days ahead as you begin the hard work of learning to live without someone you love so much. Praising Jesus for eternal life, and that you will all be united again forever!
    Kim and Rusty Thulin

  2. Susan Brinkhuis says:

    Dear Sandy, Steve, Amber, Mandy, Joyce and Maynard,
    Though I’m far away, my HEART goes out to you! Jon’s life is an inspiration and those who knew and love him won’t forget him! My sincerest condolences for such a great loss.
    Susan Brinkhuis
    Caluire (Lyon), France

  3. Bobbie Reitz says:

    It was a blessing to have gotten to know you through Mountain Community Pathways. A gift to have gotten to work with you

  4. Linda Rickstrew says:

    Jon was one special man who I didn’t know before your family became part to First Baptist. When I saw him always made me smile, feel warm and welcomed. Although he was quiet in nature, he helped with the children at church, and he made them feel loved. The children loved him so right back. He truly was a blessing and served God with he qualities of life God gave him. He’ll continue to be in my heart as will the rest of your family. We pray for comfort and God’s peace upon all of you as you will so terribly miss him. Your care for him for so many years has been your substance and concern. May God direct your path as you wait, as all of us do, for our time to be with the Father and Son in heaven.

  5. Ruth Ann Schmieden says:

    Dear Steve,Sandy and family. So sad to hear of Jon’s passing. He was a joy to be with. May Our Lord hold you all tight during the days and weeks ahead and fill you with Gods peace. Love and blessings always. Ruth Schmieden

  6. Keith Wright says:

    Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will be able to celebrate Jon’s life and find the peace of Christ in your grief.

  7. Suzi Burger says:

    He was such a great guy I’m so bummed that I won’t be able make it

  8. Kris (Willis) Gohlke says:

    Although I didn’t know Jon, he lived an amazing life. I wish
    I had known him-I’m sure he would have enriched my life.
    To his family I am sending my sympathy and prayers that
    your memories of such an amazing son, brother, nephew sustain you during the difficult times and help you smile as you celebrate his life.

  9. Ralph & Sherry Page says:

    Sending our love, thoughts, and especially prayers of comfort to you and your family! What a beautiful story and celebration shared about Jon’s life!

  10. Linda Lovin says:

    Blessings and peace on the Cyphers family during this difficult time. I remember Mandy and Steve speaking so lovingly and proudly of Jon.
    With kind regards, Linda

  11. TerriCook says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May your family find peace and comfort from “the God of all comfort”(2 Corinthians 1:3&4) during this difficult time. My deepest condolences

  12. Lauren Weber (Gallup) says:

    Prayers for all of you at this time. John was an amazing guy who touched so many people’s hearts. I’m thankful to have known him. ❤

  13. The Van Inwagens says:

    Though filled with sorrow at his departure, we rejoice with John in his new body and home with his savior Jesus. Steve and Sandy, we stand beside you both along with the rest of the church family in praying for your comfort in your time of loss and grief. John will be sorely missed!

  14. Jim and Betty Astle says:

    As teachers at Evergreen High we both remember Jon’s vitality and enthusiasm well. He was generous and fun loving and will be missed. We are sorry to miss his service but know it will be inspirational.

  15. Debbie Riedel says:

    May God’s comfort be with you all. Have many memories of Jon since he was 3 years old. He always had a smile for everyone. Glad he is in heaven running with the Lord and no longer confined in his earthly body but know how hard it is for love ones left behind.

  16. Arturo and Barbara Gutierrez says:

    Sandra and Stephen,

    Our sincere condolences in your recent loss. Jon will always be remembered by so many. Barbara noted that a divot in the wall behind the main office desk will always remind her of Jon (made by his wheelchair) and his smiling face. Jon was a blessing to many teachers and even many more students. May he rest in peace and enjoy his Heavenly freedom. We offer our blessings to the entire Cyphers’ family.

  17. Rhonda Dern says:

    Sandra and Stephen,
    My heart is so heavy tonight. I am sending you all of my love and know Jon went from your loving hands to God’s.
    rhonda Dern

    • Sandra says:

      Oh Rhonda,
      You were such an important blessing in Jon’s life. We were privileged to get to work with you! Thank you for reaching out to us. You are one of our favorites and I know Jon loved meeting with you! Fun memories!

  18. Eric & Karen Marshall says:

    Parents want so much for the children and it appears that you gave John a very rich and full life that any child would dream about. Now he is free.

    Romans 8:18 (ESV)
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

  19. Mary Clark says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Loosing a sibling is so hard, I’ve lost one too. I remember visiting Jon in the hospital a few times over the 10 years we’ve known your family and been in Colorado. His attitude was always amazing. He was cheerful, friendly and always had a smile on his face. He led quite a full life! His story is amazing. It’s impressive how much he did and saw and his challenges didn’t slow him down. He will be missed by so many. I look forward to seeing him in eternity. Prayers for all of you.

  20. Stacey denny says:

    I’m so sorry for ur lost. John was a great friend who will be missed. I’ll will miss his smile and his laugh. I enjoy his company at the program. He’ll always be in my heart. He will always be loved

  21. Sarah Wesonga says:

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for writing out Jon’s story. This brought back many memories. I will always remember that mission trip to B.C., and Jon’s incredible attitude when I would see him at the hospital or at Life Care Center. I am praying for the whole family as you mourn his loss, and rejoice that he is with our Lord Jesus.

  22. Marla Sonksen says:

    So sorry for your loss Mandy. Thinking about and praying for you, your dad and whole family during this time. What a great story of Jon’s life, faith and impact on so many. Blessings & love….Marla

  23. Jean Kelly says:

    You all are in our prayers as you miss Jon. I know he is home and whole with the Lord…doesn’t make it any easier as you miss him.

  24. Shelly Donahue says:

    Dear Steve and Sandy, May Holy Spirit cover you and your family with His warm blanket of Peace on this cold winter night. You are dearly loved by your family and friends. God bless you, Shelly Donahue

  25. Karina Murphy says:

    Oh how many times I think about you and Jon. I just have the words to say to let you know you are loved during this time!! I’m so sorry for your loss and think about all the wonderful memories I have of Jon! Just know you are loved! And that Jon is sitting in Jesus’ lap! I love you!

  26. Graham Marshall says:

    Sorry for the sorrow you must be feeling at this time. I knew Jon as a kid and he was such a good natured and funny guy. I hope for healing for your family in its time pray for rest.

  27. Janiece and Steve Gallup says:

    Blessings for your family. John was a great guy

  28. Zachary Harlow says:

    I know it’s been many many years since I have talked to Jon but he was a true friend. Most of my childhood in Evergreen was spent around Jon he always brought joy to anyone around him. I am truly greatful to have had the opportunity to get to know Jon and his family.

  29. Donna Fitzgerald says:

    I just heard…I am so, so sorry for you all. My heart hurts. I pray God will surround you with his love and comfort. Please let us know how we can help.

  30. Brenda runsick says:

    I am so sorry Jon always made me smile. I know how happy he must be free and enjoying many things he was not able to do!, God gave him to wonderful parents because he was a special guy and you gave him the best possible. Life!! May God bring you peace and many good memories!!, love you both!,

  31. Rebecca Loose says:

    I’m among so many others who are feeling for you during this time of loss. May Jesus be a comfort to you and bring to mind an abundance of sweet memories.

  32. Danelle Helget says:

    Steve and Sandy, I am so sorry to hear this. I have such fond memories of Jon. He always made me laugh. I will never forget my first white water rafting trip with him! Such a brave boy! Sending love and prayers to you.
    Danelle, Jared, Brooke and Taylor Helget

  33. Greg Kitzmiller says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. I pray that a river of peace wash over your family during this time.

    From all of the Kitzmiller’s.

  34. Mycena Dickerson says:

    Dear Parents, our children will always be our children no matter how old they are. I too have grown children older than yours and I can’t imagine then having a prolong illness then to fall asleep in death. We want them with us always. So may I comfort you with this promise found in Revelation 21:3-5. This is something for you to hold on to doing this time of grief. I’m so sorry…(jw.org)

  35. Tim Hall says:

    Dear Steve and Sandy,

    May the Lord of all comfort, comfort you as you deal with the emptiness and void of Jon’s passing. We have hope and faith that he is in a much better place rejoicing in the freedom of Christ as he awaits a new body with no more limitations. It will be glorious to see him dancing in heaven. Through our prayer and thoughts, we are with you in your sorrow and grief. God Bless You!

  36. Ron Rex says:

    Steve, my heart is with you in this time of grief. You were the consummate dad. God bless you buddy and lift your heart.


  37. Gary Ewen says:

    As Steve has always been a big brother to me, Jon was always a big brother to my son, Travis.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  38. Thorne says:

    Jon Cyphers was a blessing to me. I did not get to know Jon very well directly. But I know from what others have told me about Jon that he lived with a kind heart, quiet courage, and great spirit. I know Jon did the best he could throughout his life. I deeply admire Jon for that, and for his work to counsel and encourage others with physical challenges like his. I have the highest regard and greatest respect for Jon. I take comfort in my faith and trust that by the grace of God someday I will see Jon again, and I look forward to that day. May he rest in peace. And may Steve and Sandy and all concerned know the peace that passes all understanding.

  39. Tom Drews says:

    Jon is finally free of his Earthly body which must have been like a prison to him. I picture him flying like an eagle through Heaven. We are missing you, but by God’s grace we’ll be with you in Heaven. Prayers for your wonderful family and your numerous friends.

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