April 21, 2011By Greg Duggan Observer correspondent
Teens, parents, teachers, coaches and others who knew Dylan Peters came together on April 13 at the Bolton Valley base lodge to remember the life of the Williston teen.
An 18-year-old student at Champlain Valley Union High School and Burlington Technical Center, Peters died April 7 following a single-car accident on Oak Hill Road. A preliminary investigation by the Williston Police Department attributed the accident to “excessive speed along with loss of control of the vehicle,” according to a press release.
Peters’ passing prompted hundreds of family members and friends — many of them wearing purple, the teen’s favorite color — to pack into the Bolton Valley lodge for the memorial.
“It’s good to be here with you guys to celebrate Dylan’s life,” Zach Hoag said to open the ceremony.
Hoag, a Bolton snowboard coach, led the ceremony. “Happy persistence” was the phrase he used to describe Peters’ efforts to become a better snowboarder. The persistence paid off, as Peters excelled at the sport, winning competitions, earning sponsorships and making close friends.
Peters’ brother, Dustin, and another friend, Evan Engisch, played Green Day’s “Time of Your Life.” The band Problem Child also performed two songs.
Peters’ parents, Jim and Susan Peters, shared stories about their son, as did several other friends. The memories caused mourners to laugh, sniffle and dab their eyes at reminiscences of the teen’s snowboarding feats, raps, artwork and mischievous escapades.
The Peters family plans to remember Dylan with the Dylan Peters Art of Snowboarding Fund, which Sue Peters wants to use to benefit snowboarding and art endeavors for youth. Contributions can be made to the Dylan Peters Art of Snowboarding Fund, c/o Sue and Jim Peters, 1102 Ledgewood Drive, Williston, Vt. 05495.