We are sad to announce that Tracy Alan Dyck, 62, passed away from a car accident on October 6, 2023.
Tracy was born April 8, 1961 in San Antonio, Texas as the fourth child of seven to David Dennis Dyck Sr. and Alice Marie Hollibaugh. As the middle child he had lots of energy, endless curiosity, and a knack for driving his siblings crazy. The son of a military man, Tracy spent his childhood on the move – living in Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. He graduated from the Entrepreneur program at Barnes Business College in Denver in November 1989. He always had a love of cars and discovered he had gifted hands and a love of machinery, kickstarting a career in auto mechanics. He spent his career working for Jiffy Lube and KBR as well as starting his own car repair shop; he was always willing to help a friend and often his lawn was covered in cars in various states of repair.
One day at a bar Tracy saw the bartender Mary Ann Hudson and it was love at first sight. After years of dating they married in February of 2003 in Colorado Springs. After their wedding they moved to North Carolina briefly before settling in Alabama, where they lived together until Mary passed in 2020. While Tracy never had children of his own, he was a lifelong dog lover and had many fur babies throughout his life. He also had numerous nieces and nephews that he loved and who loved him in return. He was well known as the most fun-loving uncle who was never afraid to try anything and was always down for a good time.
Tracy was known for being down-to-Earth, genuine, and not holding back his opinion – he would tell it like it was but was also the peacemaker in his family. Tracy was a true lover of life and a humorous storyteller, always ready to share a laugh and a beer with friends. He loved to spend a day fishing or watching a NASCAR race. He was a loyal friend and all around good guy; he was one of a kind.
Tracy will never be forgotten but forever remembered and sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. There is so much more that should be said about this wonderful man, but in the end, what he did was make our world brighter. Tracy is survived by all of his siblings – Denise Dyck, David Dyck, Michael Dyck, Terry Riggs, Michelle Meeves, and Richard Riggs, along with numerous nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. We know he is now at peace, joining his parents and his wife on the other side. We love and miss you Tracy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 1pm at Charter Funeral Home – 2521 US-31, Calera, AL 35040. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Tracy to help dogs in need via petsmartcharities.org.