Tiger Lacey's Family Fund
This fund was set up to help Dana and Lynx through this difficult time. Please help by sending a blessing or a contribution in the coming days... let's share the love that we all have for such a kind and talented man. We'll miss you Tiger Lacey, and will do our best to help your loved ones.
So any friends or family that would like to share stories or photos please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ty was an amazing young Man, our hearts are broken. We believe God has a plan for everyone but this is a tough punch to take. Thank you all for the love and support you have for our Daughter Dana and Grandson Lynx. Blessings to each and everyone of you. Live life today! Love to you all Blake & Teresa
Thank you all my husband was the best daddy and a awesome person the love of my life I will always remember our memories of how we always had laughs and jokes to always make us happy.even when we went threw bad times I would tell ty we had a house and food on our plates and we had a awesome little family. The things me and ty would do we bogged lived for bot money we never needed money we were always happy with just being in love and having a little bit completed our family. All I can tell people is ty traveled the world he lived his dream never needed a real job he got married and had a baby ty lived his life young and did a lot more then any of us got to do tiger is in peace and I am happy for that and he gave me the best gift he could he gave me a little son my pride and joy I will make tiger proud of me. Thank you guys for all the support I could keep going on about tiger but all I can say is I miss my husband and no amount if money will bring him back but thank you for all the donations I was scared when I knew I had to unplug life support and had to financially raise my son .thank you all for the donations tiger would be so happy how many life he has actually touched just living as we call it tiger world lol love you all and thank you for the little stories and the donation love you all from the lacey family... Sorry if some of this doesn't make sense my mind is still clustered
The last time I spoke to Tiger was a little over a year ago at the big pre-Washougal night race at Portland Int. Raceway. I was watching the 450 Main event from the infield and we had a funny moment I'll never forget. Tiger had gotten an uncharacteristically poor start and was struggling just inside the top ten with a few laps left in the 20 lap race. I guess he'd been injured recently and so his fitness wasn't all there. Maybe Daniel Blair can help me out with that part. Anyway, he crashed right in front of me on the front straight and was trying to start his bike, but was in a blind spot on the track between a couple of huge jumps. I hadn't seen Tiger in a few years and I always liked him, so I ran up to him as he was pushing his bike off the track after kicking for what seemed like a full minute. He just handed the bike off to me and said, "Here, you start it!". I was wearing shorts and tennies and have limited experience starting over-heated modern 4-strokes, but somehow I fired it up with one kick and handed it back to him. He was smiling his ass off, looked at me to thank me and only then recognized me. He started apologizing, saying he didn't know it was me when he asked me to start it, etc. I just laughed and told him to get back out there and finish the race. It was funny to me because I was there as a fan, happy to help out and poor Tiger was concerned that he might have been disrespectful when he tossed the bike my way....that's just the kind of person he was.
I hope this is a place to also reflect. Tyson Ty Tiger Lacey #221, The news that he has passed away is shocking to say the least are just a few words that came into my mind. The world has lost another motocross professional athlete, a very nice young man that I met when he was so very young. He also just had his 31st birthday on December 4th. I am proud to say that I watched him and his brother Race Lacey, grow up in The Pacific Northwest. I am reminded by a song called Footprints in the Sand sung by Leona Lewis who had won The X-Factor back in 2006. The song comes to mind, as Tiger Lacey made many footprints around the world with his racing motocross. He walked beside me at many motocross races and now he walks in heaven along side of the best motocross riders, mechanics and promoters that I knew, like Danny Chandler, Danny Hamel, Russ Fletcher, Nathan Woods, Kurt Caselli and Eric Cleveland and promoter Jannice McAlister. I have lost so many motocross friends that I am missing them very much. As a young man, when Tiger was around 15 and was protested for being too fast and aggressive as an amateur, his dad, Larry came over to me that day at The Albany Motorsports Park in Albany, Oregon and said something like, Don, I know you watched that race. Do you think my son was riding too aggressively? Since you write for the magazines, I am wondering what you think or what you will write? Oh yea, I remember first writing articles in Motor Sports News, Cycle News, Motocross Northwest and The 4-Stroke Nationals with Royal Publishing and Ty was certainly awesome to watch even back then. I always called him Ty when he was an amateur, and then when he turned Pro, he became Tiger to everyone. He was another great individual that used his physical and mental abilities to achieve what only a percentage of motocross riders ever attain, dominance! I also remember answering Larry that day. I remember writing a letter to the sanctioning body and I know that letter helped Tiger. Tiger Lacey handled a bike as good as any top amateur or pro that I had ever watched. He was not a rider that would force anyone off the track or slam them to the ground. He was so happy when he raced. Similar to Bubba Stewart, you could see Tiger smiling inside his helmet when he sped past me. He was super happy that I wrote articles about him and took his photos all these years. Soon after that ordeal was laid to rest, I was helping announcing at an Arenacross Event at The Portland Coliseum. I happened to turn around while sitting there with the microphone, and there was Race and Ty sitting directly behind me smiling and tapping me on my back. Those two boys could light up a dark room with their smiles even back then. A few years after that, he became Pro and signed up to race The 4-Stroke Motocross Nationals that I was very fortunate to be organizing. He told me that he would always come to my races and he always did over the years. The last week I saw Tiger was a wonderful memory that I will share. Thursday Night Motocross was holding a $10,000 dollar Pro night at The Portland International Raceway and I was there taking photos and again writing articles. I ran into him that evening and then again at The Open House at MotoSport Hillsboro, Oregon on Friday with seeing the entire top Pros signing posters and flyers. It was a great evening talking to Tiger and his wife Dana. As Scott Russell and Terry Boyd were announcing prizes for all the attendees, I was talking with Tiger about the possibilities of bringing back the 4-Stroke Nationals next year and he said, I promise you that me and all my friends will be at all your races Don. You put on the best races ever and we get paid. Wow, how could I be humbled as I stood there and asked him if it was okay if I could take their photo? I sigh and have a heavy heart writing these words, he will be missed by me so much. I can not say goodbye in person or on the phone. I have cried tears of anger as well as tears of joy that I knew him and he was my friend. His father and his brother were the three Laceys that I shared motocross passion with. Tiger Lacey lit up my life when I saw him. You will be honored by me as well as by thousands. God Speed to you Tiger, you touched our hearts! My prayers for Dana and their son Lynx, as well my prayers to the entire family. Song by Leona Lewis, Footprints In The Sand : http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=AL94UKMTqg-9DWtnEWgAqL8OCKtbzz-9hr&feature=player_detailpage&v=dCsZNalcaXM#t=5 You walked with me, footprints in the sand And helped me understand where I'm going You walked with me when I was all alone With so much unknown along the way Then I heard you say I promise you, I'm always there When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair Ill carry you when you need a friend You'll find my footprints in the sand I see my life flash across the sky So many times have I been so afraid And just when I have thought I lost my way You gi