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Dylan Jarsma, Colorado Visitor, Fell to His Death While Trying to Get Better Photo

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Dylan Jarsma's last Facebook profile pic, posted a week before his death. More photos below.
Yesterday, we told you about Dylan Schuetz, a gymnast who miraculously survived a 100-foot fall from Saint Mary's Glacier, albeit with gruesome injuries to his legs. Dylan Jarsma, a 22-year-old from Kalamazoo, Michigan, wasn't as fortunate. Authorities say he died near North Clear Creek Falls after losing his footing while trying to get a better photograph. Details and additional images below.

See also: Photos: Dylan Schuetz's Gymnastics Ability Helps Him Survive 100-Foot Glacier Fall

Adding to the heartbreak: Jarsma's family appears to be having trouble raising the money needed to transport Dylan's body back to Michigan for a funeral. Hence the creation of the Help Bring Dylan Jarsma Home account and multiple Facebook event notifications touting a fundraiser slated for this weekend.

The assorted pages include images aplenty of Jarma, many of them spotlighting his love of photography. Here's one example....

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...and another, with the second shot featuring falls in the background:

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A profile of Jarma on MiLive.com notes that he spent two years in the Navy, a stint commemorated in this image:

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On August 11, the MLive account notes, Jarsma and his girlfriend, Taylor Whisman, left Kalamazoo for Colorado. Both planned to enroll at Colorado Springs' Peaks Peak Community College, with Jarsma interested in splitting his focus between training to become a smokejumper and photography courses.

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Another Facebook photo of Dylan Jarsma.
These dreams came unraveled on August 15, when Jarsma and Whisman were visiting Rio Grande National Forest. Hinsdale County Sheriff Ron Bruce told the Alamosa Valley Courier that Jarsma had already taken shots of North Clear Creek Falls from assorted angles when he moved to the top "to get a better picture." Shortly thereafter, he slipped, falling what MLive.com estimates at 200 feet to his death.

The Help Bring Dylan Jarsma Home page notes a raffle taking place at Parchmont School District Middle School in Kalamazoo this Sunday, and two separate event reminders -- access them here and here -- detail other events. One describes the get-together as follows:

Donation bake sale to help family pay funeral expenses . If you would like to bake stuff we will be there at 11, or early drop off @ 1805 mckinley parchment mi 49004.Friday thru Sunday. Please help by baking or buying bake goods.also will have a drive by bucket to donate. And raffle for lots of different stuff magician. Movie. Food. Hair cuts etc. Dylan fell taking pic of waterfall in another state family has to pay to return him home and proper service. So let's help get their lovde one home.
Contact the individual pages if you'd like to help. In the meantime, our sincere condolences to Jarsma's friends, family and loved ones.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


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47 comments
Nicole Mills
Nicole Mills

Respect nature as she will win every time.

Michael Merrifield
Michael Merrifield

Are you some kind of authority on transporting dead bodies or is it just a hobby?

Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

Right Carrie like I said you can't just pop some one in the trunk and drive with body in a car. My guess the permit is to ensure that people can't just drive around with bodies in the vehicle. Things like it has to be refrigerated vehicle, and no you can't just rent a ice cream truck. Hopefully all sorts of regulations,preventing all sorts of horrible and stupid scenarios.

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

By contacting a local funeral home and with proper permits you can!

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

No it's not with proper documentation from a local funeral director.

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

If he was in any type of military services.

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

No actually he's correct. With the proper permit from a local funeral director you can. (Im a f.d.)

Heidi Hilzer
Heidi Hilzer

So sad, family should set up some kind of nationally accessible kind of donation site, like gofundme? It's probably hard to ask strangers from outside of your local community for financial assistance, but with some major news network coverage it could probably be met in a couple days, and the family members could get back to helping each other heal from this terrible loss. Accidents happen, even to skilled professionals, those who are making unnecessary rude comments will learn that in time, everyone does.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

People are dumb. Colorado ain't the only place you can fall to your death. I've almost done it several times in Illinois. And transporting a corpse in a rental? Yeah, okay.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Look at me Dr. Darwin -- No Hands!

Taylor Denn
Taylor Denn

A lot of these photos are him hanging on to rails leaning over cliffs to get pictures?!

jayjaystripes
jayjaystripes

thank you so very much, the prayers and support we have received are so overwhelming

kmalkema
kmalkema

As a friend of Dylan Jarsma's mom and little brother, it has been overwhelming hearing from people in Colorado that genuinely want to help the family.  For those that do, thank you for your kind words.  here is the link to the fund it site http://www.gofundme.com/d6mqqc


For all those negative people who have posted comments on something they don't know anything about, let me take the time to tell you a little bit about Dylan you don't know....

Dylan was an experienced climber and photographer.  He knew taking pictures on the falls wasn't like "taking a stroll around the local lake" like Jason Suess commented.  He spend time in Hawaii while in the Navy, so he knew how to climb the mountains.  Dylan was looking forward to staring his life in Colorado as a fire fighter, he took care of himself, to think pot was involved like Jough commented, is not in his character.  

Taking pictures of running water can cause vertigo.  It was a tragic end for a wonderful man!


Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

My condolences to his family and all who knew and loved him. R. I. P.

Marge Barry
Marge Barry

Dear Michael we're not all stupid so and so's. Just interested in helping. You rude so and so!!

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

This is tragic, but has anyone else noticed that a lot of these folks that are getting lost and dying are from the Midwest? Hiking out here isn't like taking a stroll around your local city lake!! Dangers are around every corner when your out here in the Colorado wilderness!!

Bill Alan Doak
Bill Alan Doak

The railings are there for safety. I feel bad for his family. He was however taking risks. Putting yourself at risk sometimes leads to horrible outcomes.

Michael Fenstermaker
Michael Fenstermaker

No not all. That is illegal. You can't just drive around the country with a dead body in you're car. God people are so fuckin stupid.

Jough
Jough

Have they blamed pot yet?

Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

Marge, transporting human bodies in rented vehicles is illegal.

Brad Porterfield
Brad Porterfield

Anyone else think it's absurd that if he had met a similar fate in, say Europe, the country there would do the right thing and fly the remains back to the family in the states?

Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica Gonzalez

I hate to say it but it's like people leave their common sense at home before climbing up a mountain... How many times do we have to read stories like this before people use their head and realize... If I get too close to the edge I could fall... I learned that when I was a kid.

Marge Barry
Marge Barry

The family could rent a suitable vehicle and transport him home. Not intending to be disrespectable just saying this would get him home

Jake Coolby
Jake Coolby

fuck you westword, I didn't want to start my day like this

kmalkema
kmalkema

For all those negative people who have posted comments on something they don't know anything about, let me take the time to tell you a little bit about Dylan you don't know....

Dylan was an experienced climber and photographer.  He knew taking pictures on the falls wasn't like "taking a stroll around the local lake" like Jason Suess commented.  He spend time in Hawaii while in the Navy, so he knew how to climb the mountains.  Dylan was looking forward to staring his life in Colorado as a fire fighter, he took care of himself, to think pot was involved like Jough commented, is not in his character.  

Taking pictures of running water can cause vertigo.  It was a tragic end for a wonderful man!

kmalkema
kmalkema

For all those negative people who have posted comments on something they don't know anything about, let me take the time to tell you a little bit about Dylan you don't know....

Dylan was an experienced climber and photographer.  He knew taking pictures on the falls wasn't like "taking a stroll around the local lake" like Jason Suess commented.  He spend time in Hawaii while in the Navy, so he knew how to climb the mountains.  Dylan was looking forward to staring his life in Colorado as a fire fighter, he took care of himself, to think pot was involved like Jough commented, is not in his character.  

Taking pictures of running water can cause vertigo.  It was a tragic end for a wonderful man!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Virtually all of those who die are killed either by falls or by exposure, both of which are avoidable.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"You can't just drive around the country with a dead body in you're car."


Why not? ... they're DEAD!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so who forced you to read the story?

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