Maximus passed at the age of 17, peacefully at home, Montrose, CO, from Treatment-Induced Glioblastoma after battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since the age of 22 months. He is survived by his mother, Bobbi Browner.
Max was born in Ridgway, CO, and would have been a senior at Ridgway High School this year. Max was an active member of Black Canyon 4-H Club and was highly successful with training mustang horses in the Wild to Mild TIP Challenge, training his dogs for obedience and agility, and showing and breeding rabbits. He enjoyed fencing with Ouray Swordplay, drama with Magic Circle Theater, attended Wapiyapi, Round-Up River Ranch, Nighthawk, and Sky High Hope Camps, and participated in many activities with the Montrose Rec Center. Max had a keen knowledge of dinosaurs and owned several reptiles. He loved camping, nature, and all activities involving water. He enjoyed archery, shooting guns, skiing, gaming, building Legos, traveling, and was interested in any kind of medieval lore. But his favorite thing to do was hang out with his friends. He was loyal, protective, bright, compassionate, gentle, generous, and had a fun, sarcastic sense of humor, and a contagious laugh. Max loved deeply. He left us bravely, with a courage that made him more concerned about those he was leaving, than about his own loss.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Maximus on September 25th, from 2:00 – 7:00, at the Ridgway State Park Group Events Facilities, which are at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance. There will be a slide show and pot-luck, and a chance for people to share stories and memories. A State Park Pass or Day Pass will be required, and car-pooling is encouraged. All are welcome.