The obituary I will be analyzing is "Andy Irons, Surf Champion, is Dead at 32" from the New York Times.
This obituary uses a standard obituary lead, because it states who the person is, Andy Irons, that he is a notable surf champion, and that he died Tuesday in Dallas. Therefore, it identifies him, why he is notable, and when and where he died. The next sentence gives his age, which is 32.
This lead does work, because it leads the reader to question why Irons died at a young age. This question is answered in the second paragraph with the cause. The cause is not known at this time, but the medical examiner did not find evidence to suspect foul play.
The sources include: Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office, Billab,ong, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iron's agent, Steve Astephen, Bernie Baker, an amateur contest director, and pro-surfer Kelly Slater.
The obituary shifts into the claim-to-fame section with a quote from his agent. Then it goes on to describe his life as a competitor while Irons was an amateur surfer, and then it shifts into his pro-surfer career. Each part contains quotes from people that knew him.
The obituary proceeds in chronological order of his achievements as a surfer. This section ends with recent struggles that Irons had. It provides many quotations from other people that describe how he was perceived by other people.
The second to last paragraph contains information about when he was born and his family. He was born on July 24, 1978. Irons is survived by his parents, brother and wife, who is expecting their first child in a few months.
The last paragraph is about the "paddle out" memorial service that was held in Puerto Rico by surfers and fans. Therefore, providing relevant details about the service.
This obituary does not list off all of the titles he won and competitions that Irons competed in, but it provides examples from different competitions so the reader can understand the person he was. If Irons' resume was listed you would not be able to understand the qualities he possessed, and what made him the person he was. Whereas, describing specific events shows his work ethic, drive and what mattered to him.