Graesyn Spiers

Obituary of Graesyn Lawrence Spiers

Graesyn Lawrence Spiers born June 9th, 1994. Graesyn tragically passed away on February 29, 2020 at the young age of 25 while furthering his studies in Guitar at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Graesyn was attending their Master’s program on a Graduate Service Award Scholarship.

He now joins his baby sister Elle Morgan Fina who passed away in 2012 and his Great Grandparents Virginia and Paul Pillsbury in Heaven.

Graesyn previously studied at the University of Arizona after receiving an Academic Scholarship. Graesyn graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2017, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Performance with an emphasis in classical guitar while studying under Tom Patterson. An exemplary student, he graduated Cum Laude, with Honors. During his studies at the Fred Fox School of Music and Bolton Guitar studio at the University of Arizona, Graesyn was the prize winner of both the Wolfe and the Scheffer Competitions.

Additionally, he was awarded a scholarship at Domaine Forget in Canada, where he studied classical Guitar.

Passionate in music, he spent time studying and playing with the classical guitarist, David Russell, who is widely known for his near flawless tone and diverse repertoire, is one of the most distinguished and accomplished classical guitarist in the world and won a Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist in 2015.

Graesyn also proudly studied Classical Guitar with Sergio Odair Assad who is a talented Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger who received a Grammy Award for best contemporary compositions in 2008.

Prior to attending the University of Arizona, Graesyn graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School with Honors. In his free time, Graesyn taught guitar to several students privately, in both Tucson and Kentucky. He worked at Guitar Center teaching the art of music. Ever so talented and committed to his love of music, Graesyn learned the art of tuning the Steinway Piano, a skill that for most struggle a lifetime to achieve.

Dr. Mattingly at the University of Louisville described Graesyn’s beautiful nature best. He said, “Graesyn’s presence was not merely witnessed, but felt. His emotional and kinetic energy was rich with life’s full spectrum and potential expression. For this, among many other reasons, we are all fortunate to have known him. Graesyn shined brightly among us in brilliant color. As a teacher, I learn from my students, and while Graesyn has transcended this world, we are all still learning from him.” One thing Graesyn taught us is his unwavering bravery to be vulnerable and to take risks. Graesyn is a unique piece of our musical fabric and he will continue to leave his lasting impression on us all. His compassion and love was unmatched and he will be greatly missed by many. May he Rest In Peace both now and forevermore.

Graesyn Lawrence Spiers is survived by his loving Mother, Tiffany Huffman-Spiers, Esq., Father, Lawrence Earl Spiers, Jr., Captain with the Tucson Fire Department, Step-Mother, Laughlin Hoskinson, Grandparent’s Ricky Lee Huffman and Nancy Huffman, Gloria Jean Garrett, Charlie and Sharon Schaefer, and Kelton Glasscock Sr., his Aunts and Uncles, Christopher Raymond Huffman, Kelton Glasscock, Jr. and Sara Glasscock, John David and Sheena Love, Charles and Michelle Spiers, Rachelle Spiers, Joy and David Norman, Sandy and Michael Collins, Kristi Elizabeth Kribbs, Darlyng Caballero, Clint and Leah Hallman, Diane and Ross Jones, Laurie Garrett, Betsy McKenna, April Messer and many more cousins, friends, and countless others whose lives were greatly touched by him. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request a donation to the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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