Skylar was born on May 5, 1992, a stormy day in Bishop California. As a child he was very independent and did everything early on, such as crawling, walking and talking. He was very outgoing and lively from a young age and brought a lot of joy and laughter to his Big Pine family. He spent part of his early childhood in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. While there, he enjoyed swimming and barbecuing on the beach with his brother Tyler and his family, cycling and visiting his Polynesian family. Skylar and his brother Tyler were playing with their friends in the neighborhood playground and eagerly awaiting the return of the manapua man. Before you knew it, there was a bunch of little brown boys running around the playground shouting manapua man, manapua man, running home for money and sneaking up to his van for buy treats. Skylar attended kindergarten and most of first grade in Hawaii, and after a few years returned to the Owens Valley with his mother and brother Tyler to resume their familiar life in Big Pine.
Skylar had a deep love and respect for the traditions of his Paiute and Polynesian heritage as well as for his elders, especially his grandparents. Living in Big Pine gave him the chance to embrace his native Paiute culture and he did so with the encouragement of his family and neighbors. As a child, he started out as a grass dancer and grew into a traditional dancer as a teenager and into adulthood. He learned native songs and was welcomed into a drum group that had great camaraderie between their sticks. He met and made many lifelong friends while attending Big Pine School. During his teens and teens he swam and fished in the waters of the Owens Valley, skied and snowboarded at Mammoth Mountain, camped with his family at Diaz Lake, camped with his friends in Baker Creek and had adventures in Owens Valley like only a child knows how. He participated in many school activities from his elementary to high school years, including Missoula Theater, Inyo County Spelling, and Sports, Always Sports. Even though football and baseball were his favorites, he was always ready to shoot baskets.
After graduating from high school in June 2010, Skylar traveled to Sioux City, Iowa to attend Briar Cliff University on a football scholarship. Like everywhere he went, he made a lot of friends there. With his quick wit, sense of humor and charismatic personality, he was always the life of the party. He did not know any strangers because they have always become his friends. He enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, swimming, reading, going out with friends and family and especially cooking. He was passionate about food and cooked in various restaurants. Before leaving Iowa, he was Assistant Culinary Director at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Des Moines. His culinary idols were Marco Pierre White and Anthony Bourdain. He loved to create new dishes and explore current recipes.
In 2019, he met the love of his life, Yesenia Arellano, and in October 2020, they got married in Big Pine. Her parents Araceli Morales and Carmelo Arellano immediately welcomed Skylar into her family, as did her grandmother and siblings Joanna, Jessica, Abraham, Diego and the rest or her family. Skylar and Yesenia’s adventures together were unexpectedly interrupted, as were their dreams of traveling the country and the world. He wanted to share with her his love of other cultures and their culinary traditions, as well as show her the places in Hawaii where he spent part of his youth.
Skylar left this world to begin his next adventure on July 1, 2021. He was greeted by many relatives and friends who came before him, including his grandmothers Patricia Vance and Wendy Harris; the grandparents Pati and Siamanave Amisone; great-grandmothers Norma Spratt and Cleo Miles; her Poppa Dell Heter and her cousin Carlos Hernandez. He is also greeted by his longtime childhood friend Irving Thomas and his friends from Iowa Adam Stearns and Bobby Meehan.
Skylar is loved and will be sadly missed by his wife Yesenia and his family; his parents Joe and Shari Harris; his brothers Tyler, Roman and Tana Amisone; his sister Selia Amisone; his grandfather Bob Vance and his grandparents Joe Harris Sr. and Lyla Harris; great-grandfather Cy Reed; great-grandmothers Marilyn Booth and Kathy Davis; his aunts and uncles all had a great influence on his upbringing and helped shape him into the Skylar we all knew and loved, Aunt Roberta Hunter and Ronald Braun, Patrick and Lenna Vance, Paula and Jason Thomson, Sara and Josh Alves , Jeremy and Lynda Vance, Jason Barlow, Henry Amisone and Siamanave Dinoyo, who was like a sister to him; his nieces Malia Maxwell and Kamea Amisone were the apple of his eye and his nephews Tama Dinoyo and Keahi Amisone; he is loved and will be missed by many, many cousins and friends.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 7, 2021 at the Tri-County Fairgrounds home ec bld. In Bishop, California
Posted by Inyo Register on August 6, 2021.