April 22, 2003 – September 14, 2022
Nineteen-year-old Alec Avery Thomas Contreras died September 14, 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Alec was born on April 22, 2003 in Fort Collins, Colorado to the late Mandy Cochran and Emiliano Contreras. Alec was well loved and torn between two families after the death of his biological mother. He was the eldest of his five siblings Reagan, Radley, Ryder, Whitley and Oaklie. Alec was educated in the Wiggins School District as well as Fort Collins Public Schools.
Throughout Alec’s life he touched many different lives. He was an unpleasant child who always knew how to have fun. He liked to pretend to be a cowboy, with his boots and hat always on tiptoe. He had a way of convincing his brothers to find him something sweet to snack on in the middle of the night, no matter how many times they got caught in the act. He spoke well and could get himself out of trouble just by smiling.
Alec bounced around from Wiggins and Fort Collins for most of his life. While at Wiggins, he lived with his parents Ryan and Amanda Thomas. Some of Alec’s favorite hobbies included working cows with his family. He honed his ranching skills while working a few summers for his grandfather Dan Stanley. This is what really sparked his passion for breeding. Alec was fearless and was always the first volunteer to entertain the mom of a newborn. He could jump on a horse and sort a bull in the middle of a pasture in no time, and he took great pride in being the best rider of all the Thomas boys. He spent a lot of time hunting with his brothers. They spent hours walking around scaring off the unfortunate birds and rabbits. Alec was also very fond of fishing, he could spend hours on the water casting a line. Alec was a thrill seeker of all kinds. Every weekend you could find him stirring up dust on a quad bike or dirt bike. He was definitely a jack of all trades. While in Fort Collins, he lived with his father Emiliano. He spent time working for his family’s restaurant. He enjoyed expanding his knowledge of music and DJing. He also spent time honing his skills on a skateboard. He enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles and spent time as a mechanic. Alec has extended family in Mexico and would like to visit them every year for the holidays. He was fluent in English and Spanish. He was always surrounded by lots of family and friends and enjoyed being the life of the party.
Alec enjoyed one of his first jobs as a pen-back at the Cattle Exchange showing off his skills on a horse. He also spent time working for RWT, the family construction company, a pizza cook at Just 1 More and a meat cutter at Cargill and Your Choice Meats. Alec has always known how to light up a room. He wore an unforgettable smile wherever he went. He had a very unique ability to easily fit into any crowd or situation. Alec loved his siblings with all his heart and made sure everyone knew it. He was extremely proud to be the older brother. In such a short time, Alec has lived a unique and fulfilling life. We miss him a lot and we will think of him often.
Alec was predeceased by his mother Mandy Cochran, his maternal uncle Randall Cochran, his maternal grandparents Ellwyn and Wilma Cochran, and his grandfather Dan Stanley.