Our precious Dillon, 15, peacefully passed away in our arms Wednesday, July 1, 2009. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family. Dillon’s long and difficult battle with brain cancer finally ended with God relieving him and receiving him into Heaven. Our brave hero never gave up the fight. It wasn’t who he was. Quitting was never an option. Amazing courage and strength enabled him to overcome incredible odds as well as many medical and physical challenges. He carried this burden like a man. Dillon was born Wednesday, April 27, 1994, in Oklahoma City, and resided in Moore. He attended Broadmoore Elementary and Highland East Jr. High School. Dillon was known for his infectious smile and humorous demeanor. He loved playing games, listening to music, fishing and cheering on his beloved Sooners and Braves. His true passion was baseball; he treasured his time on the diamond with his friends and dreamed of his next chance to play ball. “Selfless” is a perfect word to describe Dillon Riley. Many loving people cared for him, yet it was he who was the most caring. Always concerned about everyone else’s happiness, Dillon was happiest when others around him were smiling. He was pure goodness. Family is what Dillon valued most. He cherished the intimate relationships with each of his devoted family members and they are honored to be his family. It was a privilege to know this young man and we are all better for having Dillon in our lives. Dillon’s life was a magnificent gift to all that knew him. His beautiful spirit and remarkable attitude touched all who encountered him. He will be deeply missed every day and will forever remain in our hearts and memories. Dillon is survived by his loving mother, Darla Graves; his devoted father, Damon Graves Sr.; his loving older brother and protector, Damon Graves II; his adoring younger sister, Ashley Graves; his extremely proud grandparents: Linda and Witold Bycko, Moore; Cheryl Graves, Chandler; Bill and Pam Graves, Oklahoma City, and a large extended family of caring aunts, uncles and cousins. The family expresses sincere gratitude to the community of Moore, the remarkable staff of Moore Public Schools, and the personal colleagues of Darla Graves for all their unselfish acts of kindness and support through Dillon’s nine-year struggle with cancer. Additional heartfelt thanks go to the compassionate medical teams at The Jimmy Everest Cancer Center, OU Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. A memorial service celebrating Dillon’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 at Fresh Start Community Church, 309 N. Eastern Ave., Moore. Family and friends visited Monday, at Primrose Funeral Home in Norman. Flowers, plants and condolences may be sent to Primrose Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be donated to The Dillon Graves Benefit Fund at The Oklahoma Educator’s Credit Union in Moore. Primrose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on  July 8, 2009