Zak James Carroll
Zak was a beacon of light, radiating warmth and love to all who met him. Constantly encouraging friends and family to be a better version of themselves no matter what circumstances, Zak’s vibrant personality far surpassed the inner demons only he knew intimately. With an impish sense of humor and a wry smile, Zak loved to entertain. Those lucky enough to be around him loved to watch him excel at dance, music, karaoke, and his limitless cascade of snidely funny – but never offensive – remarks. Zak was a truly captivating personality. Indeed, his personal fashion statements were as well, encompassing countless pairs of sneakers and footwear to set off his ripped jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, and hoodies all elevated in a way only Zak could pull off. A natural athlete and a scratch golfer, Zak moved effortlessly and oh, so cooly.
Zak was devoted to his friends; even as he struggled he made sure to always provide a cushion for them to land on and remember him by. The heartfelt outpouring of love and personal recollections of so many, from his childhood to his last days, demonstrate his selfless humanity. The ability to look all in the eye, listen with genuine interest, and make them know he cared was Zak’s own special forte. There was so little Zak did not excel at; tragically, there was only one thing he was unable to master: his addiction, which he battled for years. Zak, who provided incredibly beautiful sentiments of inspiration to so many in need, was unable to find them within himself.
Perhaps above all, Zak loved his family. Over family holidays, with his adoring cousins, and later his devoted little sister in tow, Zak would lead the pack as the fair-hair, golden child, erupting everyone into cackles and howls of laughter. This contagion so often and easily spread to his aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents – culminating in so many outlandishly fun and hilarious late night fests. At home with his parents and sisters, smiles, laughter, and boundless love within every tiny memory propels everyone forward, as we mourn this unimaginable loss. Certainly, Zak would want that for all of us who knew him, and by definition, therefore, miss him dearly.
We love you Zak, our beautiful boy –
Jill, Fernando and Eevie Perez
Tom, Liz and Abby Carroll
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Zak’s name to The Herren Project: