Aaron Osborn, a 22-year-old South Plains College student from Friona, was a son, a brother, a classmate, and a friend.
But he was also a beloved co-worker at the Texas A&M Agrilife Research Center in Lubbock.
"You're just so focused on something negative, having a bad day and he could see that," said Rand Merchant, a graduate research assistant at the center. "He knew something was wrong and his first instinct was to just make a joke or try to crack up with you. He was just an all-around nice guy."
Aaron had been a technician at the center for about a year, working mainly in the fields and laboratories.
His tractor seat is empty now, after Osborn died in a car accident at the North Loop Access Road in Lubbock on Sunday.
Some of his co-workers didn't find out until Monday at work, and they are devastated.
"That distinctive smile and that wave, that's what I'm going to miss," said Victor Mendoza, a research assistant at the center. "He had a distinctive wave. He was just such a smart guy, especially with farming techniques and equipment. He was just great."
Aaron frequently helped his coworkers with heavy lifting, something they never even had to ask him for.
"When you think of Aaron...he was just like a big, friendly teddy bear," said Misha Manuchehri, a graduate research assistant at the center. "He was just the kindest person."
Mika Wyatt is devastated by the news, as he comes together with co-workers as an extended family to mourn their loss.
"As a parent, I want his parents to know they should be proud of him," he said. "He was a hardworking guy that volunteered, and he got it. He knew he was helping out with the research that will help feed and clothe the world."
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