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Arlo Roberto Tejada

Born: 6/15/1980, Fort Collins, Colorado
Death: 12/5/2014, Salt Lake City, Utah

Arlo Tejada died peacefully in the early morning hours of December 5 at the age of 34 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Arlo's passing came after surviving a long illness and long battle to continue his life as he enjoyed. He was a life-long river rafter and had co-owned Sheri Griffith River Expeditions since 2003. Arlo loved exploring and photographing the landscape of his home community, and running rivers, mountain biking, moonlit hikes, and camping were just some of the ways he found joy in his life. He loved these activities almost as much as he loved his large network of friends and family.

Arlo is survived by his father, Jose Tejada, brother, Obe Tejada, and sister, Emma Tejada, of Moab, Utah, as well as his mother, Liz Ford, of Colorado Springs. Arlo was born on Fatherís Day, June 15, 1980 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Jose and Liz. His family moved to Moab early in his life, and Arlo attended Grand County High School, graduating in 1998. The next step in Arlo's life took him to Westminster College, from which he graduated with a dual degree in business and marketing in 2002. Arlo found his way back home to the community he loved after graduation, where he would live for remainder of his life.

The family requests that flowers not be sent, but they suggest offering support in the form of donations to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or National Foundation for Transplants. At Arlo's request, a cremation will take place, and a memorial service in his honor will be held sometime next year


12/9/2014 - I'm so grateful that I got to know Arlo during his illness. I worked for his medical oncologist, and always looked forward to his visits. Arlo had the most positive attitude and amazing strength. He also had one of the greatest smiles I've ever seen. He took everything in stride and handled his trials with true grace. I can only hope that the next life offers him never ending river expeditions in the beautiful settings he showed so much appreciation for. To say he will be missed is an understatement. He definitely made the world a better place. May God Bless Arlo's family during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. - Jodi Livingston

12/9/2014 - sad to hear you lost your battle ; thought about you once and a while .... [ far away in holland , europe ] i did not know you very well , but i do remember you as a great soccer player , fast , powerful and a lot of feel for the game rip - marco vandewater

12/9/2014 - Arlo was honored on December 3rd by America Outdoors Association for his long service to the outfitting industry on the America Outdoors Association Board of Directors. While we knew Arlo was fighting for his life We did not know he would be leaving us so soon. Arlo was the youngest person ever elected to the AOA board and was serving his 3rd term. His intellect was apparent at board meetings and during our annual trips to Washington, DC. He served the industry well with his quick grasp of the issues, his communication skills and his bright smile. We only wish we could have done more for Arlo who did so much for all of us. Goodbye Arlo. We will miss you. - David Brown

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