In Memory of Tyler Skaggs: Always and Forever an Angel
By Ryan Falla
Tyler Wayne Skaggs was born on July 13th, 1991, in Woodland Hills, CA, to Debbie and Darrell Skaggs. His mother Debbie was a well-respected softball and volleyball coach for Santa Monica High School, Tyler Skaggs’ future stomping grounds, and his father Darrell was a former high school shortstop.
Every parent wants their child to be a star who impacts the world around them in the best way possible, but little did they know the true impact Tyler Skaggs would have on the world, and the people, around him.
It is fitting to think that it was always Tyler Skaggs destiny to be an Angel. He never had to wait to step into his purpose, he was an Angel from the moment of his birth and even now he will continue to be an Angel always and forever. It’s so much more than his placement on an MLB team named the Angels, his career with the team was only a stamp on his purpose in this world. To be a light for everyone to look to; not just his family and teammates, but to the fans and all those young athletes looking to follow in his footsteps. He was a light to everyone in this world
Tyler Wayne Skaggs tragically passed away on July 1st, 2019 and in his wake has left what seems to be a permanent void. It may seem that way for now, and probably for a long time, but when we look to appreciate the spirit he carried around on a daily basis and the lessons he’s left to us we’ll be able to understand that his spirit is still there with us. Though it may not be in the physical it is not any less complete; Tyler Wayne Skaggs will forever be with all of us, his lovely spirit, his motivating energy, the dreams and hopes he had for his loved ones, all that he’s left to us keeps him complete in our hearts and minds. For his loved ones he is still there everyday cheering them on, motivating them to be the best that they can be, encouraging them to live the fullest versions of their lives, and all the while cradling them in a love that will never go away.
For his teammates he will always be there as a reminder of how to appreciate and approach the game with youthful spirit, how to bond with the athletes that become your brothers over the course of the season, and most importantly how to be a positive role model to the community and to your fellow athletes.
For his fans he will live in our hearts as an Angel for life.
Tyler Wayne Skaggs was born to be an Angel in spirit and during his life journey he became an Angel in the most literal sense. His existence is nothing short of universal poetry. The circumstances surrounding his passing are heartbreaking, yet beyond the tragedy of his early passing there is a beauty in knowing that his destiny is one that will keep him with us all forever.
Tyler Wayne Skaggs; an Angel at birth, an Angel in life, and an Angel for eternity.