A visionary was born on December 13, 1975. Of course at the time no one knew that Leanne Goff (Pyle) was a visionary. She was the first born daughter of Dennis Pyle (wife Amy) and Connie Geiger (Moore) (husband Michael). She was the natural born leader of her siblings Lindsey, Randy, and Alex as the first born and encouraged her siblings to reach for the stars in expanding their boundaries.
Her vision and drive to create became clear as a young girl through her artwork. She created “Zines”, pottery and, her favorite, acrylic and oil paintings. Through her talent & independent development of her skills she was admitted into Gibbs High School in Pinellas County, Florida, a school specializing in arts education. The work she produced was displayed in galleries as far away as New York City. She graduated from Gibbs High School in 1994.
In the fall of 1994, she was enrolled at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. There she continued to refine her vision while studying Horticulture and Business. She immersed herself in her studies and earned the respect of her professors and peers. Through her studies at the University of Florida she secured an internship at Ball Horticulture Company in Chicago, Illinois. Not only was this summer influential in furthering her academic achievements, but it was also a summer filled with sisterly love. Leanne and Lindsey spent every weekend together either in Chicago or Iowa. They often went into the city on the train and explored museums, festivals and architecture – Frank Lloyd Wright buildings being a favorite of both.
Upon graduation from the University of Florida in May of 2000 she pursued another internship further afield. She spent a year working in the Netherlands at Ball (ballhort.com). Her time there was spent honing her knowledge of the Floriculture Industry and exploring all that the Netherlands had to offer. By December 2000 Leanne was familiar with the Amsterdam area and shared her enthusiasm for the area with her sister Lindsey during a one month visit which extended beyond Amsterdam to museums and landmarks in Prague, Italy & France. Prague, Czech Republic was their favorite as they explored the city cafes, countryside churches, castles and Czech cultural highlights.
After returning from the Netherlands Leanne moved to Encinitas, California where she worked for the Paul Ecke Ranch. While employed at the Ecke Ranch Leanne worked in both California & Guatemala. Ecke Ranch allowed her to pursue her passion for Horticulture while she developed her business acumen. California’s holistic living culture inspired Leanne to pursue Yoga, sustainable living and the Church of Silk. She worked at the Ecke Ranch until April 2007.
Leanne became interested in Southern California & Arizona Real Estate vacation rentals. She worked for Maurice Maio, a successful real estate owner/developer, who was active in all aspects of real estate. Leanne soon became friends with many other associates of Maurice and after obtaining her California Real Estate license decided to start her own vacation rental company called VROAM.net.
Leanne soon determined she needed more mentoring and her father introduced her to Al Livingston who at that time was the Kona Hawaii Board of Realtors President. After moving to Hawaii, she obtained her Hawaii Realtor’s License and quickly developed many relationships thru Al & his wife (Mary Lou). While she did not stay in Hawaii long she was able to hone her real estate skills while exploring Hawaiian culture with her brother Randy and his wife Kristin, who were also living in Hawaii at the time.
Leanne missed her family and in December 2007 after a Christmas holiday in Iowa she stopped in Boulder Colorado to visit “Hunziker” friends she had met while living in Hawaii. Leanne loved Colorado’s proximity to Iowa and the opportunity to continue her passion for snow skiing developed during family snow skiing vacations with her father and siblings as a child. Before Leanne got back to Hawaii she decided she would move to Boulder. By February 2008 she was living in Boulder working as a waitress, while continuing her VROAM vacation rental business via the internet. A short time later, Leanne obtained her Colorado Realtor’s License, worked tirelessly to learn the real estate business, the Boulder market and cultivate interpersonal relationships throughout Boulder County.
On January 23, 2009 Leanne experienced the joy of becoming a mother when her beloved Alexis Goff was born. Leanne immediately embraced the joy & tribulations of motherhood. As she embraced all aspects of motherhood she naturally developed relationships with other moms and became ever more enthralled with all aspects of living in Colorado. Being a mom is a joy that she was able to share with her sister Lindsey who had her first baby, Clayton, two days after Alexis was born. As sisters Leanne and Lindsey were always very close, but through their shared experiences and motherhood all their family members have become even more close.
After working for two different Brokerage firms in Boulder County, Leanne decided to become her own Broker and Trail Ridge Realty was formed. As with everything in her life Leanne put her heart and soul into building Trail Ridge Realty. As with all businesses there were setbacks along the way, but she kept her vision in mind and continued to pursue her goals. Leanne was active in contributing to the Real Estate industry thru the Boulder Area REALTOR Association (BARA) who in 2013 voted her the Colorado Young Professional of the year. In both 2014 and 2015 Leanne earned the Five Star Professional service award granted to her because of excellent reviews from the people she served. In 2015 Leanne also received BizWest’s 40 Under 40 and Distinguished REALTOR Awards. In 2016 Leanne completed her Master’s Degree in Real Estate and was recognized as one of the 10 Best Real Estate Agents in Colorado by the American Institute of Real Estate Professionals.
Through BARA she met the love of her life, Drew Smith. Drew’s calm was the perfect partner to Leanne’s enthusiasm. They worked together in life as well as in business. Leanne and Drew were a team in business, parenting Alexis while sharing enthusiasm beyond business for many adventures and explorations. Together they travelled near and far. Just last February they traveled to London and had a wonderful time exploring the city. As with any place Leanne visited she immersed herself in the culture, history, visited museums while introducing herself to London as she exuded her contagious enthusiasm to many people she met. Both Drew and Leanne fell in love with London and all it had to offer.
In June 2017 Leanne was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM) and was given a challenging prognosis. Leanne’s vision of being a radical survivor motivated her to go beyond the standard treatments available. She walked to the edge of science working with Duke University in North Carolina and CeGAt in Germany to pursue a cure for GBM. During Leanne’s travels to Duke University in North Carolina she participated in multiple clinical trials under the direction of Dr Dina Randazzo while being a favorite patient to the nurses, nurse practitioners and other doctors who were influential in her treatments. Everyone she met was inspired by her attitude, enthusiasm for life and her positivity as she pursued recovery. When it became clear that even the clinical trials were not enough Duke suggested the pursuit of DNA based experimental treatments in Germany. Her travel to Germany while contributing to scientific research also gave her hope and strengthened her determination to survive. Travels to Duke and Germany for treatment required she be accompanied by other persons with her travel companions including Drew, Dennis, Alexis, Randy, Lindsey, Misty Deiparine and Marci Wheelock .
During her pursuit of GBM remission she deepened her spiritual experience thru family & friends, often in conjunction with her Church “Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley” and meditation workshops which expanded her love and appreciation for music and nature. Leanne has always found strength in connection with family and friends who were her source of support, joy and love. She expressed her passion for the outdoors through Colorado ski trips to Winter Park and Eldora, surfing in California and Hawaii, hiking the Flatirons with friends, family trips to California and Florida, lake vacations to Clear Lake, Iowa & many camping trips with Drew’s family to numerous western states.
In the afternoon of December 1, 2019, surrounded in love by her earthly family, Leanne went to be with her family who preceded her in death. Leanne is the brightest star in the sky now and forever. Her presence is missed on a daily basis by all who felt the warmth of her light. When we look up at the stars and within our hearts we feel the energy and love she had for life and the people she was blessed to share it with. Until we are joined together again Leanne, please shine some of that light down on us to help us through our darkest days without you. Much love and many hugs. And so it is.
Leanne will be forever remembered by her daughter Alexis, her partner Drew Smith, her dad and stepmom Dennis and Amy Pyle, her mom and stepdad Connie and Michael Geiger, Drew’s parents Robert Smith and Laura Mellblom, her sister Lindsey (James) VeVerka, her brother Randy (Kristin) Pyle, her brother Alex Pyle, Drew’s sister Madeline Smith, her three nephews Clayton VeVerka, Redford Pyle, Lyndon VeVerka, her paternal aunt and uncle Doug and Jo Ellen Pyle, her paternal uncle Denny Cooper, her maternal aunt and uncle Bobbi and John Elia and 7 cousins. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Robert and Virginia Pyle, her maternal grandparents Bill and Lorraine Moore and her paternal aunt Joyce Cooper.
The Natural Funeral Home in Lafayette is working with the family to orchestrate a memorial service to be held at 3 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Columbine Unity Church, 8900 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, Colorado 80303. Memorial donations may be made to either “Leanne L. Goff Trust for Alexis” or “Neuro Ananda Brain Cancer Research” and mailed to Kristin Pyle, 1601 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 107, Ames, Iowa 50010.