Instead of making Christmas memories this year, one Grand Junction family is making funeral arrangements after 30-year-old Jesse Williams was killed in an avalanche in Utah.
11 News spoke with Williams' father-in-law over the phone, and he says the family is doing as well as can be expected.
Williams was skiing near the northern boundary of the Canyons Ski Resort in Park City, Utah Sunday morning, when he got caught in an avalanche. What makes the accident even more tragic is that he was doing something he loved.
"He's been skiing since he was five years old," said Jim Coe, his father-in-law.
Williams was a member of the Powderhorn Ski Patrol.
His family says they still can't believe he's gone.
"He was a great guy," said Coe. "I've never known him to get in a disagreement with anyone. He was just a great guy who I'm very proud of."
Williams is survived by his wife Gina and his two-year-old daughter Keely. Coe says it's little Keely who has helped the family make it through the holidays.
"We had a pretty good Christmas, all things considered," said Coe. "Our little granddaughter is the light of our lives. We really enjoy having her here and that really makes the holiday."
Williams' funeral is set for Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City.