Austin Sims Tracey

Austin Sims Tracey, 21, died Friday, Feb 22., in Alameda. 

Austin was a graduate of Alameda public schools, a product of Ready Set Grow Preschool, Paden Elementary, Lincoln and Chipman middle schools. He graduated in 2016 from Alameda High School, where he was a member of the water polo team, judo club and sports medicine program. 

Austin practiced martial arts and was a longtime student at USA Kung Fu Studio, and he loved to work out. He worked at Tomatina’s and then Postmates, delivering food to friends and neighbors across the Island and East Bay.

He was a gamer and skateboarder, fashionably dressed and 420-friendly. His favorite rapper was Gucci Mane. He loved his friends with deep loyalty and much laughter; his favorite things to eat were Fiery Hot Cheetos, mac and cheese, ramen and In and Out Burger. Raspberry iced tea was his beverage of choice. 

His family calls him a bright light and a beautiful boy, and will miss him forever.

He is survived by his sisters: Savanna, Anastasia, Simone, Mia and brother-in-law Lachlan, his grandmother Lucia Tracey, his loving parents Patrick and Julia Tracey and mother Denise Sims. He was a devoted boyfriend to Tillie Skinner for three years.

Donations may be made to the National Suicide Prevention Foundation at or 1-800-273-8255. Photo courtesy Gold Dust Photography.

Editor’s note: Austin Tracey was a part of the Alameda Sun’s extended family. He will be missed.