With deep sorrow and love, we mourn the death of Adam Bryan Debrecht, 21, beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin, and friend, on Sunday, January 7, 2024, in Golden, Colorado. He died at home, peacefully in his sleep of an accidental overdose.
Adam lived his life to the fullest, from his earliest years to his death, he had only two speeds—Mach 1 and asleep. He loved sports, from hockey, to soccer and snowboarding, and exceled at all. A car and motorcycle enthusiast, he enjoyed working on things and getting his hands dirty. Until a recent motorcycle accident, he worked in the oil and gas industry as a derrick hand, first in North Dakota and later in Midland, Texas. He was in the process of applying for mud school to become a mud engineer and was planning to return to work in the oil field.
Adam was born September 1, 2002, in Washington, Missouri. He lived briefly in Grapevine, Texas before moving to Duvall, Washington, where he lived until he was 9. He played soccer and snowboarded, starting skiing at age 3. He then moved with his parents to Reston, Virginia, where he also began playing ice hockey. Following a move to Colorado at age 15, he began playing hockey seriously, competing on a national level and eventually playing in Canada. After a back injury and COVID, he returned to Golden, Colorado.
Social and outgoing, Adam had friends all over the world and kept up with friends he had known since childhood. He was a good friend, blunt and direct, and a loving son. He loved music, Juice WRLD and Zach Bryan being a couple of his favorites, and always had music blasting. He was thoughtful and loyal, and we will miss him terribly.
He is survived by his parents, David and Johanna Debrecht; sister Erica (Debrecht) Gervais, Sudy Gervais and niece Naika; brother Trevor Debrechtabel and wife Damianne, niece Roan; and birth mother Tiffany Diebling, and sisters George and Eloise Montero. He is also survived by his grandmothers Zenna Smith, Donna Debrecht, and Carol Mattingly, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Glen Mattingly and Bernie Debrecht. He leaves behind many dear and close friends.
Funeral services will take place at Horan and McConaty Funeral Home at 3101 S. Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood, CO on Saturday, January 13 at 10:00am. Cremation will be private for the immediate family only, but a brief reception will be held following the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Reston Raiders Hockey Club in Reston, Virginia for their 30 for 30 initiative (https://restonraiders.sportngin.com/register/form/158741149 a 501c(3)) to support scholarships for youth hockey players that cannot otherwise afford to play. (Create an account to donate.)
Adam had a short life, but he lived it to the fullest. He lived on his own terms, determined from an early age to make his own way in the world. We ask that you honor his memory by living your life to the fullest and finding joy in every day.