On Oct. 31, 2011, Lance checked into the hospital with a 104.3-degree temperature. He thought he had the flu. It was discovered that he was afflicted with Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML) and a rare lung disorder, Diverse Aviolar Disease. Eight days after being admitted to the hospital, he passed away.

Lance was an avid sports enthusiast, but two things rose to the top of his list. He loved the Broncos and he was an avid water skier. From a young age, he spent countless summer days at the lake. He loved being on the water, enjoying time with family and friends on his boat.

Lance was also a “doer.” If someone asked him for help – whether it was moving, gathering chairs and tables for a get together, dealing with car trouble, or anything else that most people would have considered a “nuisance” – Lance was there. Always.

He was just that kind of person. Lance was unassuming, so he had no idea the affect he had on others. But his smile would simply light up a room.

Lance was a hard worker, the kind of person who was reliable, dependable and always did a good job. He worked for more than 12 years at Adams County Parks and Recreation, maintaining the trails and working on the annual Adams County Fair.

His memory lives on through the Lance Grady Foundation. It was created in his honor.