John Michael Karayannis, 23, of Fort Collins, the sweetest boy who ever lived, slipped away on Feb. 14. He is the beloved son of Annie Harrison and George Karayannis, devoted brother of Kate, cherished soulmate of Janie Schwartz, and special friend to their kitty, Milo. He is also survived by his dearest aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends who became family.
John was a member of the Class of 2019 at Colorado State University, Warner College of Natural Resources, majoring in environmental science and sustainability. His month at CSU Mountain Campus in Pingree Park was one of the high points in his life. He graduated with honors from Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs in 2013, where he served as a student body leader and a Peer Partner to special needs students, competed at state in cross country and pole vaulting, and was treasured by his teachers and classmates.
John was an avid hiker and spent many glorious days on the trail marveling at the beauty and grace of Colorado. He loved music, dancing, and going to concerts, especially at Red Rocks with Janie. He made delicious exotic sandwiches and spread much joy from behind the counter at Mad Greens and Cheba Hut, where his deluxe custom tip jar shines on.
Most of all, John shared love with everyone. He didn’t care how they looked or how much money they did or didn’t have. He always had time to listen to a stranger’s life story. He left thoughtful funny notes for Janie and his family, and gave the kind of hug that you could still feel after he let go. The world has lost a kind, gentle, and caring soul who loved and felt deeply.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 West Olive Street, Fort Collins, CO. A celebration of life will follow from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Block One, 428 Linden Street, Fort Collins. In honor of John’s vividly colorful life, we invite mourners to wear a tie-dyed garment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Fort Collins Rescue Mission or the charitable organization of your choice.