Tristan Clements

March 27, 2020


Tristan Michael Clements

Tristan Michael Clements of Denver, Colorado died peacefully in his home on October 4, 2020 at the age of 24.   
Born March 27, 1996 in Birmingham, Al, Tristan lived in Denver, Colorado where he rose from sales intern to Senior Business Development Representative to Commercial Account Executive within three short years at two Denver-based SAAS start-up companies. His work ethic and drive were defining characteristics of his short, but fast-tracked career path.  
When it came to business, Tristan was a quick study – his determination and hustle never went unnoticed. He enjoyed what he did, which meant it really wasn’t work for him. As a people person, Tristan enjoyed accepting a challenge and making new connections. There was little he would not try for the sake of success. 

Mentor Brian Mayfield describes the reciprocal lessons he learned after mentoring Tristan: I showed you what I could about being a successful businessman, but you were the true teacher. You taught me how to not sweat the small stuff, how to have fun, how to enjoy instead of stress.  …I’ve envied your hustle, your determination, your infectious positive attitude for so long. You were meant to do great things, and we were all robbed of the show. I love you, brother. You will be missed greatly. 

It was apparent to all who knew him that the lessons of Tristan’s favorite childhood story, The Giving Tree, reverberated throughout his entire life. From the tattoo on his arm to the kindness and love he made us feel with his big hugs and smile-provoking grin. Each of us has great memories of ‘M.E. & T,’ and while Tristan was a lot of things to a lot of people, above all he was a GIVER.  

He was like a big brother, but with a little brother’s birth order— which essentially made him Morgan’s conjoined twin. They were joined at the hip— ‘ballers’ on trips to Thailand, the Missy B or with mutual friends at Bonnaro. But more deeply, Tristan was always there for Morgan, and vice versa.  Tristan was the yin to his sister’s yang. They were each others’ rock. 

As a son, Tristan was his mom’s sun, always beaming and always bright. Tristan was a steadfast fan of football, never missing a chance to cheer on his Miami Dolphins with his brother Greg and his Dad.  
To those who knew him best, he was a truly caring soul who exuded positivity. He would check in on friends, hold them accountable, and always made himself available when someone needed him at the last minute. He showed them kindness, support and a kindred spirit whose love was limitless. And Tristan knew how to have fun and leave the stress behind. His laughter was as contagious as COVID, his sense of humor, hilarious. His circle of friends became one big family.  

To Hannah, who Tristan planned to marry, he was her biggest fan, her dance partner, hand holder, life coach, her life support, her HOME. 

Tristan was a bright beacon, always trying to broker a deal selflessly trying to improve the relationships of others. He was a gentle boy, yet expressive with his whole body when he moved or spoke, and he captivated us with his passion for life, his adventurous spirit, even when he at times flew too close to the sun.  

The quintessential  music lover, traveling to a festival or catching shows at Red Rocks, Tristan would never hesitate to catch a show with friends or family and wasn’t above showing someone younger his tricks of navigating the venue to get the best possible vantage point for others. 

Even to a stranger, Tristan was a giver, planning early to give whatever he could to help others through the simple act of signing his license as an organ donor. As a result, his life will live on in the eye sight he will improve, increased mobility for amputees and heart value transplants benefitting pediatric patients.

Tristan is survived by his parents, Michelle Clements of Denver, Colorado and Mike Clements of Destin, Florida, his sister Morgan Clements, his brother Greg Clements and sister-in-law Miranda Clements and Tristan’s future fiancé-to-be Hanna Grothe. He leaves behind his grandparents:  maternal grandparents, Sharon and Grady Burrow of Birmingham, AL and Mitchell Sieniawski of Denver, CO; and his paternal grandparents Alicia and Buddy Clements of Birmingham, AL. He also leaves his 22 cousins and 17 aunts and uncles, a goddaughter, and so many friends who love him. 

Private services will be held at Horan & McConaty and via Zoom on Thursday, October 8, 2020  at 11 am MT. Please contact a family member for more information. 
Memorial contributions are welcome to benefit Tristan’s second love, music. Please contact the family for more details. 

Tristan was the embodiment of kindness and compassion – a bright star dimmed too soon. His family and friends will forever remember the indelible mark he made in each of our lives.  He once left a message scheduled on his Mom’s computer which continues to send an automated reminder on the 6th of every month that simply reads: Tristan loves you. Well Tristan, we have a message for you:  Your family loves YOU, and it’s clear your friends adore you, as is evident from Mariah, the mother of Tristan’s godson, who said: “There will never be a more radiant, gentle soul.”

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