A.J. was born Andrew Joseph Dyk on August 27, 1982 to Mel and Cindy Dyk. Named after his two grandfathers, Andrew Dyk and Edward Joseph Legere. He joined three siblings that August day, Melanie, Melissa, and Matt. Growing up in Thorp, Washington in an old farm house was something he was proud of. You would often hear him comment that he lived in one house for 18 years, only moving out for college.
As a child, A.J. played t-ball and soccer. In the
summer months you would find him in the hay fields despite his
asthma. He enjoyed riding the three wheeler around the family
He attended Morgan Middle School where he began to make close friendships that continued into Ellensburg High School. Being involved in Kittitas Search and Rescue displayed his caring personality towards others. He was also involved in FFA and especially enjoyed shop class.
Graduating with the class of 2001, was one of the happiest days of his life. Each of us remember sitting at his graduation and seeing this HUGE smile. He was glad to get out of there. That fall he moved to Kennewick and attended Columbia Basin Community College where he enrolled in the welding program. A.J. had plans of one day owning his own farm and continuing the farm life he so much enjoyed.
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