On Nov. 16, 1995, Triston “Shorty” Taylor Green came screaming into the world. On Oct. 18, 2015, Shorty peacefully slipped away from us. And that was about the only thing he did peacefully.
If you did not have the honor of knowing Triston, you missed out, man. Musically inclined, business-minded, persistent and clever, Triston, who preferred being known as “The Man”, was destined for great things before he was taken from us too early.
Triston attended Colony High School in Palmer before finishing his studies in Ketchikan at Ketchikan High School in 2013. Upon graduation, he moved to Orlando, Florida, for a short time, returning to Alaska to experience work on the North Slope. According to his friends, he spent his time up north wrestling polar bears and swimming in the Arctic Ocean. These accounts have not been corroborated, but are widely accepted as truth.
He decided to attend college at the University of Nevada Reno, where he majored in debauchery, nefarious deeds, hedonism, and being the best friend and musician that he could possibly be. Oh, and also legitimately studying business. You see, Triston was a phenomenal human being. His short life was abundant with obstacles and challenges. And he met each of them head on with a stubborn tenacity that only Greens possess. He was a hero. He was a lover and a fighter (mostly fighter). And he was a true warrior. He is a legend. He stepped out of his terrestrial body, but his legacy will never die.
On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 21, Shorty made the tremendous leap from earthly BAMF to ultimate superhero status when he selflessly donated the gift of life to five complete strangers through organ donation. It is no surprise that everyone who knew him said that he was their best friend. On that morning, five people gained a new best friend. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Triston is survived by his mother, Rebecca Green; stepfather, Kelly Turney; sisters, Paige Frey, Maddy Turney, and Chase Thein, all of Wasilla; father and stepmother, David and Nora Walker; brothers, Patrick Meader, Mathew Walker and Dylan Walker, of Anchorage. He is also survived by his grandparents, Bill and Donna Green (“Pops” and “G”), of Wasilla; girlfriend, Terra Malcolm, of California; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and about one zillion “best friends” from one corner of the country to the other.
Memorial services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla on Friday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow at Mat-Su Central School auditorium at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Shorty’s name, Triston Taylor Green, through Alaska USA FCU. Account number 1996822.
Rest easy, Shorty. We got it from here.