Jack Holden Raife died at the early age of 18 on April 2nd, 2023, from taking his life. Jack was born on November 30th, 2004, in the town of Aspen, Colorado. He joined his family of three in Basalt: his sister and best friend Makena, his mother Kathy, and his father David. He was one of the brightest souls the world has ever known.
His love for fashion, airplanes, animals, and piano brought so much love and light into our worlds. He was a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and went about life with an unapologetic sparkle. After growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley, he spent time in Utah and Boulder where he met many friends that loved him dearly. In 2022 Jack graduated from Telos Academy a semester early, where he then started an accelerated college career at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Jack had a beautiful and bright future and was the sweetest, kindest, most caring, and forgiving soul. He left a positive impact on every life he touched. Jack's presence lit up every room he walked into, slaying and turning heads. Jack Raife will be deeply missed by his sister, family, and friends who he surrounded himself with. His witty and creative mind will forever be remembered but his impact on the world is just beginning.
To honor Jack, please consider donating to the Jack Raife Memorial Fund at AspenOUT. Your gift will provide scholarships for queer youth in need of longterm mental health resources.
A 2022 National Survey by the Trevor Project found that 45% of LGBTQ+ youth considered attempting suicide in the past year. Other studies show that LGBTQ+ adolescents have roughly twice the suicidal ideation rate of their non-queer peers. Society's stigmatization of the queer community and lack of access to mental health care drives these statistics.
Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund (DBA AspenOUT) is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization whose EIN is 84-1348897. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.ose EIN is 84-1348897. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.