March 22, 2019
Will D. Lindsay was a devoted husband, a dedicated father, and a generous, trustworthy and reliable friend. Will loved to fish, hunt, golf, and construct anything he could using his hands. He had a career that would live on in all that met him and served beside him. His family was the most important part of his life and only those closest to him had the honor of seeing what an incredible man he was when the beret came off.
His roots run deep in Cortez; he grew up with amazing parents that helped him find his path as well as guide him into the military. His two older brothers, Levi and Cole, were there every step of the way as they grew up doing all the things that 3 boys could think of to do. Trouble wasn’t hard to find between the three of them, their two cousins who lived next door, and the canyon behind the house.
Will always knew he was made to be a Green Beret, and it was not long until he took that challenge like every other challenge he faced: head on with a dip in his mouth and a scotch to drink in celebration at the end. He found his SF family here in Colorado Springs and stuck with his friends from the Q course through marriage and children. The friendship he had with these men was meant for a lifetime and they will forever be here to make sure all of his stories will be told, laughed about, cried over, and cheers’ to.
Will and Sarah met in 2008 and knew it was meant to be, as they discussed all the lifelong questions over a breakfast at Ihop. It was not long after that Will deployed, and Sarah was left living through her first deployment. She told him she would never accept a proposal over the phone, get married on a beach or marry him as soon as he returned. However, 3 days after he returned, on April 11th, 2010 they married on the beach. Life was busy as it is for most military families. They had their first daughter, Scotlynn in 2011 and moved to North Carolina in 2012. Soon came daughter number 2; Evelyn was born in 2013 and shortly after that they were back in Colorado. They were so happy to be back and close to family again. As life does, things moved on, deployments became normal and in 2017 they welcomed 2 more daughters to the family, Gracelyn and Richlynn. Now a family of 6, they were complete. Shortly after the twins were born, Will deployed for his last time, and was killed days before his twins turned 2.
At home, Will was an amazing husband and father, he found a perfect balance of love for his work and country and was able to leave that all behind at work each day and walk in the door to be a husband and dad. In his free time, he loved to be with his girls. He would always admit they were his greatest accomplishment and he showed it by spending as much time as he could with them. He loved bath time when he could splash around and make them laugh so hard that the girls didn’t want to get out of the tub. He stopped whatever he was doing to make sure he could crawl up into their bunkbeds to read them their bedtime story, even if he was the first to fall asleep. Frequently, he could be found baking in the kitchen with his daughters some extreme dessert where he claimed he was just “throwing things together,” building whatever his wife found on Pinterest in the garage or taking apart a gun to clean and then reassemble for the 100th time. His talents can still be seen throughout the house: from the bunkbeds his daughters sleep in, to the porch swing his wife spends her quiet moments on, and the basement he worked on to finish himself.
As a husband Will was the one and only for Sarah. He left her notes around the house for her to find while he was gone, drew cute cartoons of them on her takeout boxes from restaurants, and always held her hand, opened doors for her, and danced with her in the kitchen. Whatever he put his heart into, he did it perfectly. This is exemplified throughout his marriage, his children, his friends, and his career. He truly made every aspect of what he was a part of, better. He will forever be cherished and missed. De Opresso Liber.
Deployments: 5 times to Iraq,1 time to Tajikistan,1 time to Afghanistan
Awards: Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with three knots, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral two, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Senior Instructor Badge. His foreign awards include the Chilean Airborne Wings. His unit awards include the Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Superior