TRUCKEE, Calif. — Visit Alex Odt's personal Facebook page, and the list of emotional messages written on his wall from his many friends seems to never end.
Like Brett Bosshart's post: “The world will miss a great skier, and one hell of a kid!”
Or from Megan Sheeley: “I look forward to skiing with you again someday in heaven.”
And some are as simple as Caitlin Simson's words: “I'll always love you.”
Nelson Alexander Odt, who was known by family as “Alex” and by friends as “Al,” was killed in a single-vehicle collision early Saturday morning on Glenshire Drive in Truckee. He was 25.
The outpouring of sentiment from his friends was true to the person Odt was, said his mother, Susan Odt.
“He liked to live his age, and he was really full of life — and he loved his friends very much,” Susan Odt said. “It was friends first, skiing second and then music.”
Alex Odt was born Nov. 13, 1984, in Minneapolis. He was a graduate of Minnetonka High School in 2003 and Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. He had lived in Truckee on and off the past six years.
Skiing was one of Odt's passions. As a freshman in 2000, he was a starter on the Minnetonka varsity alpine ski team that won a state title, and he eventually skiied for Sierra College, where he competed in the National Championship races in Vermont.
“Al was one of the most adventurous spirits I've ever known,” said Truckee resident Jason McHone, friends with Odt the past six years. “His true passion was skiing; he loved being in the park, loved having that attitude of ‘I'm better than you,' then he'd pull off a better trick. ... He was just a great guy; not too outspoken, but he'd love to make people laugh when they're having a bad day.”
Odt also enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing and playing on the local Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District kickball and softball teams.
Hours before he died, Odt, a member of the Toe Jammers kickball team, enjoyed a 16-5 win on Friday, Aug. 21, to win a local kickball league title. The team has dedicated the 2009 season “in memory of their loyal friend and teammate Al Odt.”
Another of Odt's passions was underground hip-hop, whether it was going to a show or playing his turn tables.
“It was the soundtrack to his life,” his mother Susan said.
Odt's sister, Liza Odt, said her brother will be greatly missed.
“He was always stoked on life, he was always stoked about what's coming up next in his life,” Liza Odt said. “He wasn't a man of many words, but when he spoke, he spoke with wisdom.”
Odt is survived by parents Nelson and Susan; sister Liza; grandparents Harry and Shirley Winters; grandparents Heman and Dee Odt; aunts Laurie Jeter and Chris Odt; uncle Mark Jeter; cousins Emily Odt, Wyatt Jeter, Maggie Jeter and Anna Jeter.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Westwood Community Church, located at 3121 Westwood Drive in Excelsior, Minn. 55331. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
Locally, Odt's friends will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, atop the old Highway 40 bridge near Donner Summit.