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Dylan Reeder, born in Arlington, VA, entered this world brimming with energy and an insatiable appetite for life. From a young age, he embraced various athletic pursuits that would shape his vibrant spirit and leave an indelible mark on his journey.
At the tender age of two, Dylan discovered the thrill of skiing, a passion that would accompany him throughout his life. However, at the age of eight, he eagerly transitioned to snowboarding, sharing countless exhilarating rides with his beloved brother, Grant. Whether carving through terrain parks or exploring the backcountry on powder-filled days, Dylan's natural athleticism and love for adventure were always on full display.
His athletic prowess extended beyond the slopes, as Dylan embarked on a successful swimming career at the age of seven. Representing NVSL (Northern Virginia Swimming League), he honed his skills in freestyle and butterfly strokes. Dylan's connection with water and his unwavering dedication to improving his speed and endurance kept him immersed in the sport throughout his life.
Dylan's competitive nature shone brightly in his passion for running, which ignited at the age of seven. From his early years as the fastest runner in school to participating in 5K, 10K, and half marathon races, he continually pushed himself to excel. His drive to surpass limits and his unwavering determination fueled his success.
Motocross, another passion ignited by his Uncle Billy during his formative years, became an integral part of Dylan's life. Moving from Virginia to Eagle, Idaho in 2003, he immersed himself in the sport, becoming a member of the Owyhee Motocross Club (OMC). Racing motocross on bikes ranging from KTM and Yamaha to Honda and Kawasaki, Dylan's need for speed found its home on the dirt tracks. Riding alongside his brother and close friends brought him immense joy and created lasting memories.
Dylan's educational journey led him to graduate from Eagle High School in Eagle, ID. During his summers, he engaged in sales, showcasing his tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit in various locations such as New Orleans, Hawaii, and Arkansas. In 2012, he joined Compass in Texas, where he proudly earned his CDL License and excelled in truck driving. A new chapter unfolded in 2013 when Dylan ventured to North Dakota, working as a fracker. His thirst for knowledge and growth led him to attend Tulsa Welding School in 2015, where he graduated and became proficient in structural and pipeline welding. As a member of the esteemed 798 Union in Tulsa, OK, Dylan embraced the challenges and rewards of his work, contributing to projects in West Virginia.
Dylan's work history is a testament to his diverse skills and strong work ethic. He began his professional journey at Elite Security, where he excelled in the field of summer sales. Seeking new challenges, Dylan ventured into the oil and gas sector, working as a snubber and rig hand for Trinity Energy in North Dakota. He then went on to join Alpha Oil and Gas, Sentry Crane, and Precision Pipeline LLC, where he developed his expertise in the pipeline industry.
Rockford Pipeline became a significant milestone in Dylan's career, as it marked his association with Local 798, an esteemed union of pipeline workers. He proudly contributed his skills to various projects undertaken by Michels Pipeline, one of the industry's most respected contractors. Throughout his journey, Dylan mastered several welding techniques, including stick, TIG, and MIG, showcasing his remarkable talent and dedication.
In 2019, faced with the challenges brought about by regulations impacting the pipeline industry, Dylan embarked on a new path. He embraced change and reinvented his career by founding Roll Tide Frenchies. This venture demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to adapt, creating a lasting impact in the world of French Bulldog breeding.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dylan will be remembered for his warm heart, infectious smile, and genuine love for those around him. He had an uncanny ability to connect with people, making friends wherever he went. Dylan's compassionate nature and willingness to lend a helping hand endeared him to many, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.
Throughout his life, Dylan exemplified resilience, passion, and an unwavering commitment to his goals. His infectious energy, competitive spirit, and love for adventure endeared him to those fortunate enough to cross his path. While we mourn his untimely departure, we hold onto cherished memories and the lasting impact he made on our lives.
Dylan will be deeply missed by his loving family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to know him. May his soul find eternal peace as we carry his spirit forward, embracing the same fervor and determination that defined his remarkable journey.
In addition to his parents, Stephen Crawford and Becky (Stevens) Reeder, Dylan is survived by his brother, Grant Reeder of Denver, Colorado, an aunt; Sheree (John) Kapusta of Port Vue, uncles; William (Pam) Stevens of New Alexandria, Edward (Heather) Stevens of Latrobe, and Geoff (Sherry Reeder of Alabama; and many cousins.
Dylan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lt Col Eugene P. Reeder, Carroll Reeder, and Shirley Burd.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on July 24, 2023, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Inurnment will follow at McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com. Charles Danforth, Supervisor