Reid Royo

November 15, 2000 - November 5, 2021

Reid Royo passed away on November 5, 2021 in McKinney, Texas at the age of 20. He was born to Carlos Eduardo and Jennifer (McCollum) Royo on November 15, 2000. Reid graduated from McKinney High School in 2019.

He is survived by his parents, Carlos and Jennifer Royo of McKinney, Texas; sister, Ava Royo of McKinney, Texas; grandparents, Julio and Deyanira Royo of Panama; grandmother, Teena Gauthier of McKinney, Texas; grandfather, Travis McCollum of Melissa, Texas; great grandmother, Carmen Sibauste of Panama; aunt and uncles, Tisha McCollum of Melissa, Texas, James Gauthier of Galveston, Texas, Alejandro Royo and Paula of Warren, Pennsylvania, and Melissa Zelenka and Rodney of Panama.

Reid was a bright light, full of love and curiosity. His love of life and free spirit inspired all. He was more at home barefoot in a tree, than planted on the ground. He saw the beauty in all things and lived for nature. He is now truly free and will  forever be in all our hearts. We LOVE YOU Reid, forever and always.

A family service will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Reid’s name may be made to Asociacion Panamericana Para La Conservacion at  Home (


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May his memory be everlasting. Allison Athens Hall, November 28, 2021 Carlos, so sorry for your loss. I don't know the circumstances, but I know from previous conversations that it hasn't been easy. Blessings to you and your family, hope this heartbreak heals. All my best, John John Haw, November 26, 2021 I have no words, just lots of love and hugs to give you when we meet again. Irene, November 20, 2021 Dear Carlos and family. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. May you receive the blessings of almighty God during this difficult time and may your friends and family be a source of comfort.
David and Mayra Seitz, November 17, 2021 Dear Carlos, I am truly sorry for your loss. Please know that I am here for you. You will always be in my prayers and I hope that you will find comfort in your faith and the love of your family and friends. Sincerely,
Billy Wayne Kendrick , November 16, 2021 En memoria de Carlos Reid Royo. Con un gran dolor en mi corazón le ruego a Dios por el descanso eterno y paz a su alma. Yo siempre te recordare con cariño. Pues le diste mucho amor a Mariana mi nieta. Se miraba el gran amor entre los dos. Gracias hasta el cielo. Dios cuide de ti donde quiera que estes. Siempre te recordare con esa sonrisa con tus loceras que nos hacia reír. Descansa en paz Carlos, como yo te decía. Con cariño, Tita. Ana Castillo, November 14, 2021 Dear Reid, I wanted to do so much with you and spend so much more time with you. I wish you were here right now. I miss you so much. You were so nice, caring and funny. You made me so happy and when I was with you I would have so much fun. and I will take care of your pigs with my life and feed them peppers and sing to them. I saw you more than just a friend. I saw you as family. I loved you so much. I have not got a fish yet but when I do I will kiss it and say it was for you. I think when I first saw you I think you changed me. You died too young and I think you had so much more coming for you. My sister loved you so much and so did I. For the three years I knew you it was so good. Every day I think about you and and I will never forget you. You will be in my heart forever. I don't know if you knew but I turned 12 on Oct 8. Thank you for caring about me so much and teaching me how to fish and I promise I will get that fish for you. I know you are watching over me in heaven and I want to make you happy. Love you Reid, you meant so much to me and I will get that fish no matter what. Love you, bye.
Dominic, November 14, 2021 Carlos, My thoughts are with with you and your family my man. No words can express my feelings when I first heard the news this afternoon, which I got it from Rebekah. Again, I am sorry to hear the news, Carlos. Mang Vo, November 14, 2021 Carlos, Jen, and Ava, our hearts are broken for you. We will miss Reid dearly. So many of our happiest memories of Meadow Glen are filled with Reid and your family. May you all be surrounded by love and support during this difficult time. Our love to all of you, the Proctors Elizabeth Proctor, November 14, 2021 In a time where generations seem to be taking a step backwards, where people only seek to earn the validation of others, the accumulation of material goods or what is perceived as “cool”, Reid was the black sheep in this mass. He was nothing more or less than himself always, providing a breathe of fresh air to those simply accompanying his presence. He was intelligent and as logically sharp as anyone I’ve ever been around. This allowed him to assess situations for everything that they were, and him being as confident as he was in this ability, he would not shy away from making everyone aware of the elephant in every room. This pushed people to be forward and honest with themselves and those around; it pushed people to be as real as they possibly could be. His aroma was intense without doubt, his logic shaped him into an intimidating presence if you let it, but for us, his family, we knew how gentle his true self was. How soft his touch was, how humane his acts of love were. His tenderness allowed him to see the beauty of nature at its finest, most detailed points. His mercifulness, empowered him to see light in everyone, even when he couldn’t in himself. His curiosity, his creativity was inspiring. You’d think he’d lived hundreds of years by the way he carried himself, but was always searching for what’s next, never trapped in the past, but rather, caught up on what it would take to move on to what’s next. It’s unbearable to imagine a world without, but I can’t help but smile every time I think of him; I can’t help but be filled with the beauty of him smiling back down on all of us, his warmth as he wraps his arms around us. He is safe, and he wants us to understand. In loving ourselves, we are loving him; in being honest with ourselves, we are being honest with him; He will never leave us, he will never be forgotten, because he lives through us, he is us. He finds ease in our contentment, grace in our love, peace in our prosperity. We will meet face to face again, but until then he wants us to know that we should be in no rush; time flows, wind blows, life grows, but know that what we have in the moment-what we have right now, is worth more than anything anyone could ever envision, it’s what he lived for. I feel you Reid, and I love you so much brother. Zyon McCollum, November 12, 2021 Reid, I'm very happy that I got to meet you in this lifetime. You were in a word, Free. I always enjoyed that about you, I'm appreciative of the good times that we shared, you really had a heart that was so inviting and loving. Rest in Power. Joshua , November 12, 2021 Carlos, no words can eliminate your pain yet please know you and your family are in our thoughts. May Reid’s memory be for a blessing. Naomi Unger, November 11, 2021 I'm so very sorry about the passing of your precious son, Reid. May God give your whole family peace and comfort. Devon Holzwarth, November 11, 2021 There are no words to express the sorrow. There will never be another one like Reid. He will be in our hearts forever. May God hold Jen, Carlos, Ava and the whole family in his arms. I pray peace for all of you. John 14:27 Love, Erica Erica Tate Carver, November 10, 2021 I send out my condolences to Reid’s family. He made my shifts at work so fun and was such a sweet guy. I was lucky to meet him. I’ll miss him. I wish love and light in healing for this loss. Tandi, November 10, 2021 En nombre de la Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación, lamentamos la irreparable pérdida de la familia Reid Royo. Agradecemos profundamente todas las muestras de apoyo que nuestra organización está recibiendo en nombre del joven Carlos (q.e.p.d.), nos comprometemos a continuar con nuestra labor de rescate de fauna y que cada centavo que recibamos sea utilizado para el cuidado y rehabilitación de la fauna silvestre panameña. Los seres humanos formamos parte integral de este planeta y es nuestra responsabilidad protegerlo para las presentes y futuras generaciones. Aunque sabemos que el paso de Carlos por esta Tierra fue muy breve, estamos seguros que su amor por la naturaleza ha dejado huellas profundas. Nos comprometemos a que el nombre y la vida de Carlos Reid Royo sea conocida y recordada por todos nuestros amigos y seguidores. Paz a su alma.
On behalf of the Pan American Conservation Association, we mourn the irreparable loss of the Reid Royo family. We deeply appreciate all the support that our organization is receiving on behalf of the young Carlos (RIP), we promise to continue with our work to rescue wildlife and that every penny we receive is used for the care and rehabilitation of Panamanian wildlife. Human beings are an integral part of this planet and it is our responsibility to protect it for present and future generations. Although we know that Carlos's passage through this Earth was very brief, we are sure that his love for nature has left deep traces. We promise that the name and life of Carlos Reid Royo be known and remembered by all our friends and followers. Peace to his soul.
Nestor Correa, Presidente. Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación. , November 10, 2021 Carlos, It's difficult to express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts are with you, and I hope your family finds peace and comfort in the love and joy you shared with Reid. Greg Saupe, November 10, 2021 My sincere condolences to Carlos and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May beloved Reid's soul travel in peace. Dom Gomes and Family
Domingos Gomes, November 10, 2021 My Dear friend, deeply sorry for your loss! Feel your pain, may he RIP!! Wenski
Wen Tai, November 10, 2021 Love y'all. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Connie Alexander, November 10, 2021 Dear Royo family, My sincere condolences for your loss. I know that Reid's spirit is safe and peaceful because of the love and care that his family provided him always! May God continue to bless you and care for you in this time of need. Much love to you all.
Alex Thrush, November 10, 2021 Elevó una oración al padre en honor de tan hermosa luz como la de reíd, agradezco haber caminado al lado de Tanta luz aunque sea un segundo, gracias por todo tu amor y tus enseñanzas que no terminan con tu trascendencia física,te entrego todo el amor y paz que pudieras llegar a imaginar y le pido al padre bendiga y guíe tu luz de regreso a casa. Mientras vivas en nuestros corazones y pensamientos tu esencia seguirá viva. Hasta pronto radiante colibrí. Nos volveremos a ver. Amor y luz honrando tu fugaz paso por esta tierra. We always love you. Michael Martinez , November 10, 2021 No words. I hope our father will give you and family peace.
Moose&Donna, November 10, 2021 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. To the Royo family. This is truly a loss but never forgotten. Reid will be missed very much. There are no words that we can say, but our LORD waits at the Gates of Heaven to open them and welcome this young man into the Kingdom of Heaven . My heart goes out to you all. May the LORD bless you and your family. Francis Williams (senior), November 10, 2021 Dear Royo Family, You are in my prayers and in my heart, may the Grace of God and His peace be with you now and always. With love, Liz Thrush Elizabeth Thrush, November 10, 2021 Sending love and prayers to the Royo family! God bless you all. Alisa Bartz, November 10, 2021 Dear Carlos, I was very saddened to hear of the passing of your son. May God give you and your family strength during this difficult time. Your family and Reid are on our prayer list at church. Winston Winston Howerton , November 10, 2021 Reid, you were such a bright person. Y0ou were so outgoing and just saw life in such a beautiful way. You were such a unique person, those kind of people you don’t get to cross paths with everyday. I always enjoyed being around you because you were always so happy, and you just lit up the room with your energy. I can’t believe you're gone. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know you for all the years I did, see you grow and change from middle school - high school. I’m blessed to have been as close as we were our senior year. May you rest in peace Reid, I love you, my heart aches for your family. Sending love and prayers to the Royo family. Reid was a beautiful person, anyone who got the opportunity to know him knew he was as bright as they come.
Thalissa Maldonado, November 9, 2021 Even though I didn’t know him for very long, Reid was such a kind soul and overall an amazing person. He’s gonna be missed like crazy. Sending my love to you guys. xoxo Megan Bagby, November 9, 2021 Carlos and family, so sorry about the loss of your son. Sad to hear about such a young man, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Joseph Buffington, November 9, 2021 I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace. I am sending love and light your way. Much love Sudy and Medha Bharadwaj Medha Bharadwaj, November 9, 2021 I am so sorry to hear about your loss. No words to be expressed, and no words can soothe the pain your family is feeling now. In this world floating in time and space we take the good and try to deal with the bad, so focus on the joy he brought to you and your family and hold on to that forever. My deepest feelings of sadness for your family, but I hope you are able to focus in time on the love and may Reid be in the next transition, the next step in the eternal process. My thoughts are with you. Shem Unger, November 9, 2021 Our deepest condolences to the Royo Family & his beloved partner, Mariana. “I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn For an old-time step, and the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of There as the love of Here. Think of him still as the same. I say, He is not dead—he is just away.” Georgina Barahona, November 9, 2021 I have no words. I am so sorry for your loss. David Martinez, November 9, 2021 We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tom Hamilton, November 9, 2021 Carlos, Jennifer, and Ava, Words can't describe what y’all are going through this very difficult time. Please know that Reid was full of sprit and that will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. My sincere condolences,
Zac Lewis, November 9, 2021 Our prayers are with Jennifer and Carlos. May God grant you peace and provide you with his grace as you grieve the loss of your son. The Peace of the Lord be with you today and every day. Mike and Karen McLoughlin, November 9, 2021 My thoughts are with the Royo family, I cannot imagine the loss you all are going through. Growing up alongside the Royos, I have seen Reid and the rest of the family at home in Panama and smiling alongside each other. This loss is heavy, as are our hearts. Sending much love in these times, I am so sorry for the loss. Dylan Holland, November 9, 2021 I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that he has found peace. “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air.” - Thomas Bailey Aldrich Midge Loewenheim, November 9, 2021 I have the whole Royo family in my prayers. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such an important person. My biggest condolences to Miss Ava Royo, the best sister to Reid, and Reid’s most special partner and greatest love, Mariana. I am thankful for both of your sweet souls. I cannot fathom the pain the whole Royo family is feeling, and although it may never go away, I pray all of your feelings get easier to process. I am glad I get to stand by both Ava and Mariana and offer my support in this time. I am amazed by the strength they both have. Reagan Glover, November 9, 2021 He was so full of life. The best energy to be around. Made you feel like the child you want to be again. Truly a beautiful soul. Lillie eckert, November 9, 2021 Reid’s spirit touched us all. Our family mourns with you and sends its love to your entire family. The Durans, November 9, 2021 Your Family will be in our prayers . Jonnie and Helen Wright, November 9, 2021 There is a place in the heart that will never be filled & if we will wait & wait in that space God is always there to meet us. You’re all in my prayers…always. Rebekah Martin, November 9, 2021 To Jennifer and the Royo family, No amount of words can express your pain and sorrow during this time. However, please know that endless prayers and love are being sent your way today and everyday as you mourn the loss of your beautiful son. Forever in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Haley Tomlin Haley Tomlin , November 9, 2021 Gone to soon. Always loved to see that smile. To the family if there’s anything I can do let me know. Love all of you. Jeromie hutcheson, November 9, 2021 Mi corazón  se derrite de tanto dolor…mi sentido pésame para mi amiga Melissa y toda la Familia Royo…un fuerte abrazo desde Panamá 
Carmen Perez, November 9, 2021 Dear Carlos, Jennifer & Ava, There are no words to express how sorry we are for your loss. Reid was our daughter's classmate. We got to see him grow through the years and we always saw him with a smile. May he rest in peace and may God comfort you through this very difficult time. Blessings, The Carvajal Family Alma Carvajal , November 8, 2021 I am so sad to hear of Reids loss. This came as a shock when I found out. May the Lord be with him , and the family stay strong. Ed Stoeckel , November 8, 2021 Dear Royo Family- Greetings from Panama. Our family would like to express our deepest condolences in your time of loss. We are praying for you all and send our love and abrazos fuertes. Con mucho amor- Los Harrill Lisa P. Harrill, November 8, 2021 Prayers of comfort and peace for the Royo family. Reid's memory and kind deeds will be a source of comfort for each of you in the days ahead. So very sorry for your loss of your precious son. Juli Ferraro, November 8, 2021 So sorry for your loss our sympathy to the family! May God Bless you! Stephen &Christine Orr, November 8, 2021 So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. Matt Reynolds , November 8, 2021 Les deseamos paz en medio de la tormenta, a ti Royo, a Jennifer, Ava y a todos sus seres queridos. Qué descanse en paz Reid. De parte de tu amigo Juan Carlos Rivera, Stacy Green y Tiago Rivera Green. Juan Carlos Rivera Melendez , November 8, 2021 Teena, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandson. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Denice Burnside Green, November 8, 2021 Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Reid was always so full of life and of a great spirit. He touchef many hearts who will remember him always . Msy your soul rest in peace Mr and Mrs Donald Nolan, November 8, 2021 When i think of Reid, it has a way of touching my heart like no other. He was so charismatic that the very sight of him: his hair, his eyes, and especially his smile just had a way of bringing a smile to your own face. He was like a black hole, who attracted you attention, practically pulling it in while at the same time encompassing a big void of wonder and mystery that always sparked the curiosity you had for him. He was as real as they come, and has been himself since the day he was born. He didn't care what other people thought, or how the world saw him. He was so free spirited, independent, and HIM, that hanging out with him had a way of building your own confidence in being yourself. He was so energetic whether it was his body or mind, there was never a dull moment, as he had a way of filing other people's void like no other. He's so naturally intelligent, and regardless if he understood certain things or not, he was always aware to them. He never wanted any pity, wanted nobody to feel sorry for him. He had such an intense love in his heart for those that cared for him and loved him, despite the decisions he made. He had so much love in his heart for the world around him, the animals, plants and trees were his playground. Truly an old soul trapped in the maze of the new world. A conversation with him could go as far as you wanted it to, and beyond, which was the same effect as staring into his eyes. Looking into his eyes was like staring into the sky, which is why if you ever want to look at him again just look up into the stars at night or the blue sky at day, and you'll see the twinkle in his eyes and the passion in his heart. He beams with the sun, moves with the wind, falls with the rain, and touches with the earth. He dances with the stars that sparkle every night reminding us that we are that very reflection, and to let our individual personalities shine through, and follow our hearts, as he will be there in our smiles, hearts, and souls every step of the way. Tristin McCollum, November 8, 2021 My sincere condolences to Carlos and Jennifer, Julio & Deyita, Melissa and Alejandro... and all his family... I remember Reid as a beautiful child. Big dimples and a smile that charmed everyone in his presence. I pray for Reid.. and his family...may he rest in peace and may the family recover from this immense loss. Charly Garcia, November 8, 2021 We send our prayers and deepest sympathy. We hold you in our hearts. May God grant the grace you need during this difficult time. Sending our love. RIP Reid. Rita Sosa, November 8, 2021 The little humming bird ascended to his origins, giving path to a new life, a new begging. Reid, we will Always remember you with the dearest love.
Jose Lugardo, November 8, 2021