A year later: remembering Ryan Franklin

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) One year later, Amie Franklin still hurts.

“It's been the slowest year of my life that's over suddenly,” she said. “It's the only way I can really put it.”

On May 18, 2016, Franklin lost her husband Ryan in a biking accident in Kimberly.

He left behind three young children and a baby.

“There is no normal anymore,” she said. “We just have to muddle through what we've got left and find peace in the little blessings we have every day.”

The little blessings she sees come from the community: A landscaper donating his time and resources to help with the yard, letters and messages of support from strangers and an anonymous family who picked up the tab for her kids’ school lunch.

“It’s truly amazing,” Franklin said. “I hope to pay it forward in my lifetime.”

As the greater Twin Falls community rushed to support the Franklins, smaller communities Ryan belonged to turned to each other for support.

“It seemed to bring everybody, the cyclists, closer,” said Steve Price, Ryan’s teammate.

Tristan Jones biked with Ryan and worked at the fire station with him.

“The cycling community has missed him,” Jones said. “The fire department misses him. Every group of people he was organized with misses him, because he was the strong one of us all.”

A year later, those that knew Ryan reflect on him fondly.

“He just was an amazing person who seemed to have his priorities in line,” Franklin said. “He loved his job; he loved his kids; he loved me; he loved cycling; he loved basketball; he was just a passionate person, but he was so humble and kind hearted.”

So humble, both Franklin and Jones said they learned new things about Ryan after he passed.

“I felt like I spent the last five years getting to know him,” Jones said, “and this last year I've learned more about him than I could have ever imagined.”

For Franklin, she learned more about the extent of Ryan’s kindness as she received letter after letter detailing the things he had done for people.

“They're notable things that most people would have said, ‘this is what happened,’” she said, “but because it put him on a pedestal, he never brought it up. He just wasn't the type to do that.”

Instead, he focused on his two main priorities: God and family.

“I think Ryan stood for God first, and after that family,” Jones said. “The best way to honor Ryan is to spend time with family. Doing fun things, laughter, that's what Ryan stood for.”

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