Alec Jacob Torchon, our wonderful son and Jackson's 19-year old brother, is incredibly well loved by family ,friends and all who knew him. He loved his brother, loved his parents and loved his family - and he knew and felt how much we all loved him.
He finally got to the point where he was excited about his life, his future and there was no doubt that he was the happiest he may have ever been.
We are compelled to say that he died accidentally from a foolish mixture of alcohol and a drug that we suspect at this time was a painkiller. As the Santa Barbara Sheriff told us, he does not understand why college students continually ignore what they know about mixing drugs and alcohol - it kills. This is something that happens to other people, other parents and other families. Yet, this happened to our son AJ, who was on his way to making this world a better place.
We understand no words can express the heartfelt pain we all share. Jeannette, Ric and Jackson wish to thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.
Please help make AJ's death less wasteful than it already is by warning your teenage friends and family that if they ever see someone at a party drinking and about to put another drug into their body, to stop them and tell that person, "I know of a wonderful young man named AJ that did what you are about to do and he never woke up, never lived the rest of his life, and his family and friends will always miss him."
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
The Alec Torchon Foundation has been created in loving memory of our beloved son whose life was taken from the World far too soon. The mission of the Alec Torchon Foundation is to educate college students and their families on the deadly consequences of alcohol and drug use as well as to ensure that college students have access to the proper level of counseling, support and guidance.
We love and miss you AJ. You are loved by so many, and we each will carry you in our hearts forever.
A Little About Our Beloved AJ
AJ was someone who excelled at everything he put his mind into doing. He was an excellent student and graduated from Novato High School in 2011 with a GPA above 4.0. He was part of the Marin School of the Arts program, where he played drums. He was an excellent musician, in part, due to his overall love of music. From there he went on to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was majoring in BioPsychology. AJ had a passion for many things during his all too brief life; a love for his family, his friends, his music and so much more. He may leave us in body but his spirit will live on within us forever.
A Few Of AJ’s Favorite Quotations
“You don’t want to be overlooked, but you don’t want to be looked over too much.” -- Aesop Rock
“When you’ve never been moved its really hard to move on.” -- Michael Larson (Eyedea)
“You can lead a horse to fresh water but you can’t teach it how to be okay when you decide to leave.” -- Eyedea
“Its beautiful the way agony connects us to the living. I think of the world when I hurt, and keep on existing in the now.” - Eyedea
“I wont forget the times you helped me find my feet when I was buried in my head.” -- Eyedea