Zachary Michel Albert Maddux died June 2 at his home in Woodland Park. His family and friends held a celebration of his life and a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 5, 2006 at the First Christian Church in Woodland Park. Pastor Galen Beaver will conduct the service. Zachary was born April 26, 1988 in Colorado Springs to Michel Albert and Roberta (Bertye) Lee Schmehr Maddux and was a life-long resident of Colorado. He was the third child and the first son. After being home-schooled through the first five grades, he attended the Woodland Park school system through high school. He was a passionate skate boarder and an expert fly fisherman. In a family of musicians, he had proven to be an expert on drums and a natural on electric guitar. He consumed difficult books and tasks with gusto. He worked diligently as an apprentice chef in a major restaurant and had a bright future with several career paths. Zach "Xaq" had a thoughtful, kind, and loving personality. Zachary left behind his grandmothers: Carol Maddux of Manhattan, KS; and Dixie Schmehr of Hill City, KS; his parents, two sisters: Kathryn Michelle and Ruth Marie; his younger brother Joshua Vernon; niece Liora Veronika and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceding him in death was his grandfather Albert Glenn Maddux. A fund has been established in Zachary's name at the National Institute of Mental Health Gift Fund 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8104, MSC 9655, Bethesda, MD 20892. Please include with your gift a letter indicating the donation is to be used for depression research and acknowledge the Maddux family at 925 Forest Edge Place, Woodland Park, CO 80863. After years of struggle, Zachary succumbed to an unreasoning depression, against which he had no defense.
Published in The Gazette from Jun. 7 to Jun. 11, 2006.