WARRENTON — Locals are grieving after the loss of Timothy Pior, 15, a Warrenton High School freshman who died March 10 from complications related to the flu.
Hundreds gathered at Gateway Community Church on Sunday to honor Pior, who was active in athletics and theater. He is survived by his mother and father, Jonathan and Candy Pior; siblings, Elizabeth, Nicolas, Victoria, Alexandria and Josiah; and grandparents, Weldon and Dorothy Pior of the Long Beach Peninsula.
Pior participated in wrestling, football and soccer, as well as the high school’s choir department. He was well-known in local acting circles, most recently playing Tevye in the high school’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He also acted with the Peninsula Association of Performing Artists, appearing last summer in the “Beauty and the Beast” production at Fort Columbia.
Matthew Kelley, a representative for the family, told KATU the family is heartbroken but heartened by the community support. No one in the family thought the illness would turn deadly, he said.
“We’d been talking the night before about making plans to go to the movies the next day or two when he was feeling better,” Kelley told the station.
“Flu virus infection of the respiratory tract can trigger an extreme inflammatory response in the body and can lead to sepsis, the body’s life-threatening response to infection,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. This cascading illness can be particularly deadly for previously healthy young people, whose robust immune systems can rev out of control.
The family held a well-attended public service for Pior March 17 in the Warrenton High School gymnasium.
The family has created a GoFundMe page in Pior’s honor. Donations will go toward Pior’s passions, including high school athletics, the choir and local arts groups. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/timpior.