Stryder James Wegener
Stryder J. Wegener passed away unexpectedly due to medical complications on December 1, 2020; he was 42. Stryder led a vigorous life full of humor, charisma, integrity, and genuine affection for his family and friends. He departed too soon but will live on through the many hearts he touched throughout his life.
Stryder was born in Kalispell, Montana, and had fond memories of watching football with his dad, playing in his treehouse, and fishing in beautiful Glacier National Park. He moved to Seattle with his mom (“Ma”) when he was 8 years old and established lifelong friendships with Berto, Reid, and Chidike while living in University of Washington family housing as Ma attended college.
Stryder was a proud Roosevelt High School Rough Rider and throughout his life boasted about campaigning and then winning the “Class Clown” award. Quite possibly his most prideful accomplishment! He loved to pump up the crowd at football games and hang with lifelong friends Michael, Anthony, and Linh. After graduating with a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Washington in 2001, he earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2004. Stryder first practiced in the legal services department of the YWCA of Pierce County where he represented primarily Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence. From 2007 to 2013, Stryder worked with his friend and mentor, David Gehrke, representing the criminally accused as a private defense attorney. In 2014, Stryder combined forces with his colleague, Chris Small, and launched their own practice, Emerald City Law Group. Stryder ultimately assumed sole ownership of the firm in 2016 and took pride in developing his own business. Stryder loved being a defense attorney, had a gift for making clients feel at ease during their most challenging moments, and reveled in being part of a dynamic and passionate professional community.
Stryder lived vibrantly and pursued many interests: Seattle Seahawks (Section 343 represent!) and Huskies (Dubs up!) football games, cooking paella, travel, fashion (a true sneakerhead!), and cars (AKA “whips”), to name a few. He was most protective, loyal, and fiercely loving to his family and friends. In 2013, he married the love of his life, Lauren (“LOML”). He was devoted to her and was proud to have her as his best friend, sidekick, literal partner in crime (defense attorney humor), and trusted confidant. They loved each other beyond measure…a true love story. He was a dedicated and affectionate father to his beloved daughter, Chloe (“Squeak”); spending time with her brought him pure joy. Stryder was thrilled to be a Chatelaines “dance dad” and took great delight in their walks, daddy-daughter dinner/movie date nights, and golfing adventures. In addition to the countless clients who he helped during his career, Stryder touched countless lives in his diverse circle of friends and family. Friends could always count on him. Rather than give you the “shirt off his back,” Stryder gave you his heart. He had an easy swagger about him, was always available to help, and never shied away from expressing emotion.
Stryder is survived by his wife Lauren Wegener (Gotchy), daughter Chloe Wegener-Smith, mother Corinne Wegener, father Jim Wegener, sister Ari Santander, and brothers Christian Santander, Kyle Lambert, Devin Wegener, as well as their partners, children, and loving extended family. The yorkie crew (Oliver, Amos, Banksy, and Quincy) miss their dog dad too.
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