We are all deeply grieving the untimely passing of a great man and political consultant in our community, Kyle Forti, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kenya on Sunday. Many were touched by Kyle, as you can see from the outpourings of emotion online and in the Capitol:
A 2012 graduate of Hillsdale College with a degree in politics and Christian studies, Forti was named in 2014 to Red Alert Politics’ “30 Under 30” list of conservative rising stars.
Stunned expressions of grief and tributes to Forti poured in Monday from friends and colleagues.
“I’ve struggled to put into words the goodness that was Kyle Forti and the bright light in this world that is his wife Hope Forti and their son Maximus,” wrote Democratic lobbyist Benjamin Waters in a Facebook post.
He added: “My heart is completely broken for the entire Colorado political and child welfare community that knew him.”
“Colorado needed him,” wrote Jeff Hunt, president of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute and the former owner of a public relations firm that merged with D/CO, in a series of tweets.
“Our world needed him. He was a force for good in our culture. He was a bright light of compassion, peace, strength, kindness and love.”
“You’ll see an outpouring of support from people of all political stripes,” Hunt continued. “He was loved by everyone.”
The Colorado Senate and House of Representatives both observed moments of silence Monday morning in Forti’s memory.
Addressing the Senate, state Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, said: “Kyle Forti is an explorer. He’s a man who explored the bounds of faith, he explored the bounds of family, and he’s explored the bounds of freedom.”
“Today I would ask you to extend your thoughts, if you are a person of faith your prayers, and your consideration to Kyle’s lovely wife, Hope, and his son, Max.
In the House, state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, acknowledged he worked across the aisle from Forti but admired the “grace” Forti brought to his work, especially his advocacy for foster children and the parents who care for them.
“When I think about people I’m jealous of,” Singer said, “it’s the people with generosity of spirit.”
If you would like to donate to the fund for Kyle’s wife and son, Hope, and Max, click or visit: