Devin Ryan DeVore was ‘tender hearted, willing to take in the whole world’ –

Posted in Tattoo Training on Nov 29, 2019

Ten days after her sons passing, Jennyne Trani traveled from her home in Nevada to Sacramento to pick up her sons ashes and meet with Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen. They walked over to the spot where he collapsed. She said that it was the closure she needed.

Devin Ryan DeVore collapsed outside of Sequoia Hall at Sac State on Sept. 18, dying of an aortic dissection, according to Trani.

DeVore, originally from Corona, California, was a 20-year-old transfer student. He transferred from Cal State East Bay to Sacramento State in the fall of 2019. Sac States kinesiology program is what brought DeVore to Sac State, according to Trani.

Despite doing her best to move on, Trani is left with feelings of frustration over her sons death and why it was not prevented.

According to Trani, DeVore had been suffering severe chest pains the week before his death.

Whats frustrating is that he did go to the campus clinic about 5-7 days before he passed, they diagnosed him as having a respiratory cough, Trani said. They did an electrocardiogram and a chest X-ray, but those two things do not show an aortic dissection. They sent him home to rest and told him to return to class when he felt well enough. He stayed home for a couple of days, and when he went back, thats when he collapsed.

DeVore continued to suffer chest pains after his visit to the clinic and told his mother about the discomfort he was experiencing.

He had called me three days before he passed and he explained that his heart was hurting every time it would beat and it kept him up, Trani said. He hadnt slept (in) days.

DeVore is survived by Trani as well as his two sisters, Ashlee DeVore and Maggie Trani. DeVore was the middle child, often stepping up to play the role of the man of the house following his mothers divorce. His mother described him as being independent, tender-hearted, and willing to take in the whole world.

He was really close to his siblings, especially his older sister Ashlee, they were like best friends, Trani said. She even said at the funeral (that when Ryan was born) before she even knew it, she had a best friend.

According to Trani, DeVore loved all things nature.

We would call him the cricket whisperer because in Nevada where I lived, certain times of the years theres just a ton of crickets, Trani said. They would come into the house, hed grab a cup and set it free.

DeVore liked hiking and mountain biking and had an interest in surfing, which he had yet to attempt.

According to Trani, DeVore wanted to enter a medical career after college, with a focus on injury rehabilitation. In middle school, he was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a congenital back disorder requiring major back surgery when he was 15 years old.

This influenced his decision to focus on rehabilitation, after originally wanting to be a police officer to follow in his uncles footsteps.

DeVore volunteered at a shooting range called Firearms Training Associates in Yorba Linda, California for four years.

We would go to the shooting range together, wed help volunteer, stay late and shoot together, Trani said.

Brianna Sims, a Sac State junior majoring in history, was DeVores girlfriend of five years. They were high school sweethearts and started dating their junior year of high school. To cope with the loss, Sims took the rest of the semester off and said she plans to return in the Spring of 2020.

When asked what special talents DeVore had, Sims recalled that following his surgery, DeVore had to learn to pick things up with his feet rather than his hands.

He can probably cook a four-course meal with his feet, me and his family called them monkey feet, Sims said.

Following the surgery, DeVore was left with two metal rods in his back, something he joked about.

He would always be like, theyre gonna stop me at the airport, Sims said.

Sims said DeVore was a huge Star Wars fan. He owned a Star Wars robe, keychain and pair of socks and was planning to get a Star Wars tattoo.

Ask him about Star Wars and he can write a book for you, Sims said. Star Wars was the thing that he geeked out on.

Sims said she and DeVore were foodies and that they believed in spending quality time together over a good meal was important.

Food was a big part of our relationship, so what we ate mattered, Sims said. We always made sure we ate at least one meal together every day.

Sims also reflected on how far they had come as a couple.

We both got cars, we got an apartment together, he got into Sac State, Sims said. I guess living (as adults) was our biggest accomplishment together.

The day DeVore collapsed, many fellow Sac State students witnessed what they thought was a seizure and rushed to help.

His mom and I want the people that helped when he did collapse to know that there wasnt anything they could do there was no way to fix it, Sims said.

Mac Mauzy, a high school friend of DeVores, described him as a kind soul who was always there.

We used to sit together and wed talk about cars, Mauzy said. From the day I met him, until the day we lost touch, he was always so nice and funny. He was always asking how you were and how things were at home.

Trani said following her sons death, she wants to spread awareness to the condition that he died from.

That makes me angry, something needs to change, they need to take it seriously when someone says their heart hurts, Trani said. Because its such a rare thing, I think its important that people are made aware of it.

DeVores memorial service was held Oct. 26. Trani described it as upbeat and full of laughter and said thats what DeVore would have wanted.

A piece of me is gone, but we all have to keep on going and keep on living, Trani said.

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