Alexander Mitchell Gautreaux, a native of Mount Shasta, was born on November 4, 1987. He sadly passed from this world on Thursday, February 17, 2011 on the mountain that he loved so much.

Alex was a graduate of Mount Shasta High School in 2006 and attended both College of the Siskiyous and Shasta College. He studied photo journalism at Humboldt State University, where he was actively involved in the production of the school newspaper and magazine, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2010.

While at Shasta College, he met his one true love, Molly Rose Scott of Redding, California, where they played together on the tennis team. They married on June 19, 2010 with many of their family members and friends sharing in the joy of the beautiful occasion.

Alex took on all of his interests with a full passion. He enjoyed duck hunting with his father and brother. He was an avid snowboarder and a skilled tennis player – feared for his mean lefty-slice serve and speed on the court.

Alex was also a talented photographer. He was a skilled woodworker, often helping his father in the family construction business. His latest interests were mastering the art of beer making and rock-wall climbing.

He was a loving, patient mentor to his younger brother Spencer. They would spend countless hours building jumps and constructing trails in the woods behind their home for downhill mountain biking.

Alex was employed by Boardmart in Redding.

He is survived by his wife, Molly; parents, Don and Sally Gautreaux; brother, Spencer Gautreaux; grandparents, Shirley Mitchell of Mount Shasta, and Lawrence and Annette Gautreaux of Pawtucket, Rhode Island; aunts and uncles, Russ and Becky Gautreaux of Libby, Montana, Dave and Dawn Gautreaux of Los Angeles, Larry and Kyra Gautreaux of San Diego, Mike and Terry Gautreaux of Athens, Georgia, Jimmy and Nancy Harritos of Warrick, Rhode Island, John Gautreaux of Coventry, Rhode Island, Dave and Karen Mitchell of Dixon, California, Susie Escatel of Mount Shasta, Steve and Marcella Mitchell of Mount Shasta, Kurt and Sharon Mitchell of Ozark, Missouri; and numerous closely-knit cousins.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to: The Ski Patrol, c/o Mt. Shasta Ski Park, 104 Siskiyou Avenue, Mount Shasta, CA 96067; or Mt. Shasta Ski Team, PO Box 759, Mount Shasta, CA 96067. Checks must be made out to either the Ski Patrol or the Mt. Shasta Ski Association.

We further encourage your expression of thanks to Sheriff Jon Lopey and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue, and the countless volunteers who assisted in the search.

A memorial honoring the life of Alex is planned for noon on Saturday, February 26, beginning at noon at the Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder Street, Mount Shasta. All who knew and loved him are welcome to attend.