David Bobst (1963) Passed away November 1, 2017 at the age of 73
’63- Jack Braham– Died on June 17, 2020.
’63 Glenice (Van Seyoc) Stanford– 3/23/2013. Died of heart failure while having emergency surgery. She was buried in Kansas next to her mother.
Fran (Coffee) Mund (1963) Passed away May 25, 2016 at the age of 72.
Staff ’62-64 Elder Marvin Seibel – died on August 15, 2013 in Gladstone, Oregon at the age of 88. He was born July 31, 1925 in Canada to Jake and Lydia (Zweigle) Seibel. Marvin graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California (near Napa) with his degree in Theology in 1953. Marvin served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Marvin met and fell in love with Eva Nelson. They were married on September 1, 1946 in Mt. View, California.
Marvin worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hawaii where he was Head of the Education and Youth Departments and the Temperance War Commission and built the youth camp on Oahu. Marvin was a Seventh-day Adventist Pastor at the following churches: Rio Linda Academy, Mt. Shasta, CA., Fort Bragg, CA., Roseville, CA., Hawaii, Turlock, CA., Camino, CA., Mt. Tabor, and the Village Retirement Center in Gresham, Oregon.
Marvin enjoyed golf and tennis. Pastor Seibel is survived by his loving wife Eva, of Gladstone, OR., daughter, Wendy Williams, Happy Valley, OR., son, Doug Seibel, Damascus, OR., daughter, Marlene Lovenguth, Gold Beach, OR., six grandchildren: Nate, Jon, Taralea, Josh, Madelyn and Tyler, and three great-grandchildren.
1964- John Cutts Passed away February 4, 2016 at the age of 69. Was a dentist in Dinuba, California.
1964- Paul Conner (1964) Passed away May 12, 2017 at the age of 70.
’66 Robert Sanford – Passed away March 18th 2010 due to complications from pneumonia. He had taught at Sacramento Adventist Academy for almost 35 years—his entire teaching career—and he impacted the lives of hundreds of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Bob attended Pacific Union College where he met his wife, Katie Tooley. They were married in 1969, and he graduated the following year with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in biology. He will be remembered for his positive outlook on life—even when it threw him a curveball. He is survived by his wife, Katie, daughters, Amie and Laurie, and brother, Ray (’71).
’67 Gail Henderson-Peter Passed away May 18, 2018 at the age of 69.
’67 Mary Kelly Prince – Passed away October 30, 2012.
’67 Carol J. (Dodge) Green – October 19, 1949 – September 9, 2010. Carol was born in Grass Valley, California. She attended Rio Lindo Adventist Academy and graduated in the class of 1967. College took her from Pacific Union College to a master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Cal State Northridge, San Fernando, California.
She married Bruce Baker and they lived in Glendale, CA. Carol was a speech pathologist. She was initially employed at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Los Angeles. She later owned a private practice in speech pathology in San Diego, California, where she met and married Harold Green. Carol and Harold later developed and owned several Senior Retirement Apartments throughout California.
Carol was a passionate lady. She was passionate for beautiful gardens, oil paintings, and entertaining. She was known for her artistic touch throughout the Napa Valley. She loved the joy of traveling and she saw many of the most exotic locations throughout the world.
One of her greatest passions was her contribution to the community health of others. This was seen by her development of the President’s Forum for the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. Carol and her co-founder developed the Forum to raise funds for the hospital programs in order to enhance the community’s health. Over 40 million dollars has been raised to date. Her philanthropic gifts were generously given to community, youth and animal charities.
Carol’s last passion was her development of the award winning equestrian center, Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, California. This is where she felt most at peace. She never tired of telling her friends of her numerous horse stories. Her friends said that they had heard her stories so often; they believed that they could deliver a colt or shoe a horse! Her passion for excellence led her to personally receive numerous State and National Equestrian Awards.
She is survived by her mother, Jacqueline Hershman, her sister, Patricia (Dodge) Kaufman and her niece, Heather Sipan.
’67 Judie (Wagenleitner) Squires – died on Dec. 13,2012 of colon cancer. By the time it was discovered, it had metastasized significantly with Stage 3 and 4 levels of intensity. They gave her 15 months at that time, so it was a blessing that her life was extended a few more precious months. She will be sadly missed. She died in West Virginia because her younger son, Mark, ran an assisted living place – so she was there for just a couple months. She was sick for less than 2 years.
’68 Beverly (Buller) Anderson – She was born Jan. 14, 1950, in Deer Park, Calif and passed away April 7, 2010, in Napa, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Jim, and daughters, Ingrid and Ursula.
’68 Walter Laidlaw Passed away March 1, 2016 at the age of 65.
’68 Regina Arline (Jeffreys) Westerling – (attended 1966-67, class of 68) passed away on July 28, 2012.
’68 Sherry Lee (Hinkle) Perry – Sherry, age 61, of Shakopee, MN died at home on Saturday, December 24, 2011 after a long struggle with cancer. Sherry was born February 10, 1950 in Glendale, CA to Dr. J. Lee and Myrtle Hinkle of Redding, CA. Sherry was a Psychiatric Nurse for 23 years in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, and California. She played piano and organ and enjoyed singing. Sherry is survived by her children, Jonathan Perry of Lincoln, NE, Jay and Kendra Perry of Shakopee, MN, and Christopher and Kirsten Perry of Omaha, NE, her grandchildren, Blake, Raya, and Nathaniel, her parents, J. Lee and Myrtle Hinkle, her siblings, Judy Cardenas, Marcia Hinkle, Jay Hinkle, and John Hinkle, and nephews Christian Cardenas and Daniel Williams. Preceding Sherry in death is her brother Earl “Bud” Hinkle.
’68 Marjorie Orser – Marjorie Josephine Orser was member of the class of 1968. She was only 60 years of age and passed away suddenly in her sleep on November 24, 2010 in her home in Palm Desert, CA. She died of asphyxiation with specific cause unknown. Marjie graduated from Loma Linda University in ’73 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She was passionate about dental hygiene and practiced most of her career in Palm Desert. Marjie was laid to rest with her parents, George and Marion Hopkins Orser in the Ceres cemetery near the farm she was raised on.
Asa Stockton (1968) Passed away September 12,2017 at the age of 67 after a brief battle with Leukemia. He was an orthopedic surgeon in Humboldt County and lived a live full of adventures and never stop learning. He is survived by his six children, Candy Stockton-Joreteg, MD and her husband Lars Joreteg; Cookie Tank and her husband Jonathan Tank; Taffy Stockton, MBA, and her husband Aidan Semingson; Pepper Stockton, PhD; Melissa Stockton, RN; and Edward Stockton; and his nine grandchildren: Amber and Eric Joreteg; Joanna, Natasha, Nicholas, Jalissa, and J.J. Tank; Myles and Zoe Semingson. He is also survived by four sisters, Karen Stockton, Peggy Jensen, Susan Stockton, and Sally Miller; and two former wives Ginger Carter and Michele Tourn‚, and many nieces and nephews.
’68 William (Bill) Tuttle Passed away September 11, 2017 at the age of 67.
’69 Sandra (Thatcher) Brown (1969) Passed away April 23, 2017 at her home in Paradise, California after a long battle with cancer at the age of 66.
’69 Patricia Ann (Flanagan) Covert – Patricia was a member of the class of 1969 and passed away February 21, 2011. She is survived by her husband Byron Covert (class of ’66) of 39 years, sons Edward, Nicholas, Andrew, and daughter in-law Cheryl. Patricia was born July 1, 1951 in Sacramento California. Patricia was a passionate teacher, loving mother, supportive wife and giving member of her church community. Patricia’s memorial service was on Saturday February 26, 2011 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Prescott Arizona.
’69 Terry Dietrich-Terrill Robin Dietrich, 69, died Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at his home in McDonald, Tennessee following his courageous struggle with cancer. With a teaching career that spanned over 43 years, Mr. Dietrich taught art to students on the elementary, secondary, and university levels. His first two positions were in Berrien Springs, Michigan at the Ruth Murdock Elementary School and Andrews Academy.
Mr. Dietrich’s myriad talents came to fruition in 1982 when he transferred to Forest Lake Academy in Orlando, Florida where he taught art, photography, and yearbook and served as the Assistant Dean of Boys. For 18 years, along with teaching, Mr. Dietrich sponsored the Student Association, and many mission trips, senior class trips, biology trips, and ski trips. Ultimately, he left his artistic legacy by building several school projects, including: the Forest Lake Academy school sign, various school play backdrops, and the Student Association banquet backdrops. In his final years, Mr. Dietrich taught art at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee and at Brainerd High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Throughout his career, Mr. Dietrich remained committed to helping his students to see their potential. His twin passions of teaching and his family gave him great joy. In his spare time, Mr. Dietrich enjoyed fishing and driving his Can-Am Ryker. His creative outlets included woodworking and photography. Mr. Dietrich and his wife, Pam, were active members of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist in Collegedale, Tennessee.
’69 James Gallno Passed away November 30, 2017 at the age of 65.
’69 Sandra (Smith) Jones – Died April 27, 2013.
’69 Beverly (Zumwalt) Sindorf – Passed away June 14, 2010.
’69 Jeff Wood, passed away, Oct. 11, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. He is known throughout the Adventist organization for his musical talent, song writing, movie and television production and much more. As one North American Division (NAD) officer stated, “Jeff’s fingerprints were all over almost every media project from the church before, during, and after the days of the Adventist Media Center in California.” Wood is survived by his wife, Gerry; son, Jeremy; daughter, Jill; sister, Jan Wood; brothers James (“Jim”) and Jon Wood; and nieces and a nephew. To read more about Jeff’s impact on the world go to https://nadadventist.org/news/side-side-adventist-songwriter-jeff-wood-passes-away
’70 David L. Tigner- Passed away December 11, 2012. David L. Tigner was a bass-baritone of great versatility familiar to audiences across the nation. Over a lifetime he delighted audiences with his impressive voice and musicality in addition to being a highly sought after vocal instructor. David Livingstone, at age 61, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The cause of death was chronic renal failure with congestive heart failure. David was born May 28, 1951 in Santa Rosa, CA to Joseph and Mary Tigner who preceded him in death. His early childhood and early adolescence was spent in Sebastopol, CA. At age 4, the family was given a broken down piano and life was never the same in the Tigner household. At age 7, David came home from church after hearing a piece by Bach and played it note for note on that piano. David attended Redwood Adventist Academy in Santa Rosa from grades 1- 10 and then graduated from high school at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg. It was at Rio Lindo that his extraordinary talents were being nurtured and recognized for outstanding musical and oratorical speeches. Mr. Tigner received his post high school education from Pacific University and San Francisco State University. In 1974 he joined the San Francisco Opera and his professional singing career began. Mr. Tigner performed extensively with the San Francisco Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and Redwood Symphony (to name a few) as a soloist in oratorios such as the Verdi Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (to name of few). He sang with the San Francisco Ballet in Pulcinella and Balanchine’s Interpretation of Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles. Mr. Tigner made his debut with the London Philharmonic in a program of Mozart concert arias and was the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Philharmonic. Other Carnegie Hall recitals include the premiere of “Five Songs for a Summer Evening” for Bass, String Bass and piano commissioned by David Tigner written by Donald Dennitson. Mr. Tigner also performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Verdi’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra. On the operatic stage, Mr. Tigner sang with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Spring Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and the San Diego Opera center. His numerous opera roles include the title role in Don Pasquale, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Daland in The Flying Dutchman, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Noye in Noye’s Fludde, as well as leading roles in Aida and Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack. Mr. Tigner appeared in a number of premieres, including the critically acclaimed Northern California premiere of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, Andrew Imbrei’s Prometheus Bound, Ralph Shapey’s Trilogy of Songs, and Undine Smith- Moore’s “Scenes in the Life of a Martyr”. He received First Prize in the America California Symphony Competition, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Sullivan Foundation. He studied with Boris Goldovsky, Tito Capobianco, Burt Lancaster, Robert McCracken, Martial Singher, Mary Cobb Hill, Elizabeth Swartzkopf and Janet Parlova. His talent as a musical director and voice instructor influenced rhythm and blues artists and opera singers alike. Mr. Tigner was music director of the Legacy Jubilee Arts institute, a non-traditional school for music in the Africa American Community. He was conductor of Voices of Legacy a group that sang African American folk music. He was a vocal clinician to many Bay Area choirs and vocal ensembles such as Streets Sounds. He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and was an instructor at UC Berkeley with the Young Musician’s Program for 27 years where he influenced the lives of many singers who who are still now in the leading musical conservatories, on Broadway and are jazz and rhythm and blues recording artists. The last few years of Mr. Tigner’s life were burdened with health issues that kept him from singing and teaching the way he wanted. But his powerful performances and his booming voice will be remembered by audiences worldwide and his legacy of kindness and musical excellence will live on in the lives of the hundreds of students he has influenced. He leaves to mourn his passing to his siblings Linda Tigner-Weekes, MD, Joseph Tigner, Jonathan Tigner and Lois Saunders and his nephews and nieces Juma Tigner Ford, Jhamillia Weekes, Jhana Weekes, Kimberly Tigner and Rachel Tigner, Aunt Bessie Tigner Renfor and loads of cousins. The funeral home who was trusted with our beloved David was Valente Marini Perata & Co. 4840 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. n loving memory of David Livingstone Tigner, a tax deductible contribution may be made to: Redwood Adventist Academy, 385 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-1101—Memo Line: David L. Tigner Memorial Scholarship Fund. The memorial service is being held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Sebastopol Seventh Day Adventist Church1665 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472.
’70 Dr. Charles Lamont Millar , podiatrist, passed away Sunday evening, July 21, 2013. He suffered a heart attack at the age of 61 in his home in Hidden Valley Lake, CA. He was preceded in his death by his wife, Dava Bauer Millar (Rio Class of 1971). He is survived by his mother, Dorothy, his brothers, Scott and Brett, his son, Matthew and family, and his daughter, Jacqueline. Funeral services will be held at the St. Helena Seventh-Day-Adventist Church on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In Dr. Millar’s memory, donations may be made to the Kahili Adventist School, P.O. Box 480, Lawai, Hawaii 96765.
’71 Christine (Wojcicki) Felter Passed away July 18, 2017, at the age of 64.
’71 Ethelda (Netherton) Fry Passed away December 24, 2016 at the age of 65.
’71 Ross Whitney Passed away July 22, 2017 at the age of 64.
’72 George Demitry Alikin, Jr. – Born in San Paulo, Brazil January 22, 1954, passed away October 19th, 2013. After having suffered a stroke in 1996, George lived in Portland with his loving wife Jeannie. The doctors discovered George had a brain tumor two years ago and his battle with that ended in October. George’s wife shared that his most fond memories of his teen years were those at Rio. He often spoke of his friends from that time in his life. George is survived by his wife, Jeannie; children, April, Alicia, Charles, George, III, and Derrick, along with 10 grandchildren.
’72 Edna Shaw- Passed away October 23, 2012
’72 Andrea Ceccarelli Quinton- Passed away June 21, 2012
’72 Robert (Bob) Seino Passed away August 4, 2018 at the age of
’75 Greg Remell – Gregory was born in Oakland, CA on October 4, 1956. His parents, along with his only sister Sandra, moved to Napa when he was a baby. There he attended Napa Adventist Junior Academy and then Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg for his sophomore through senior years of high school. Greg was a very simple soul who was happiest when fishing, golfing, or doing anything outdoors. He worked at various occupations, most notably maintenance engineer at Doris Day’s Cypress Inn in Carmel. Although blessed with many close friends and acquaintances, Greg never married or had children. He was content to live his life vicariously through the experiences and mistakes of his closest friends.
Greg was very close to God. He found great comfort in living a good, obedient life to God’s glory. He was often called a gentle giant, standing 6’4” and was very athletic. Sandra took care of him when he was sick as an infant and looked after him and counted on him for advice and wisdom throughout life. Greg was a man of few words, but when he spoke he surely meant what he said. Honest to a fault, he valued integrity and had little time for anyone who didn’t.
An exceedingly private individual, Greg hesitated to tell his sister, friends, or even doctors when his health started deteriorating in recent months. We knew he was weak, and stressed, but had no idea he was in as bad a condition as he was. He didn’t want the fuss, or the worry of those around him, thus we couldn’t help him when he needed us most. Something tells me he preferred it that way. He died on August 1, 2010 at the age of 53 at his home in Seaside. His ashes will soon be scattered over the lake he loved to fish at so much up north. We mourn him, but celebrate the life of a true and genuine friend. He will not be forgotten, but…… how on earth will we remember all the birthdays now?
’76 David Moser-Passed away September 11, 2012.
’76 Linda (Miller) Joyner Passed away September 27, 2016 at the age of 57.
’77 Eric Faith – Passed away March 12, 2010. He was born July 19, 1959, in Corona, California, to William and Barbara (Nordyke) Faith. His first eight years of school were at Vacaville SDA School ,then on to Napa Jr. Academy for 9th and 10th, and finishing the last two years of high school at Rio Lindo. In 1978, Eric and his family moved to Yakima. He attended Perry Technical School for two years in the Instrumentation program. He worked two years in this trade, and then returned to Perry Technical School for a four year electrical course. Eric worked for twenty years in Yakima as an electrical contractor. He was a member of the Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Church. Eric is survived by his father, William E. Faith, D.D.S. of Selah; his sister, Kristina Hinton and her husband Steve; and two nieces, Emilie Carr and Katie Carr, all of Yakima.
’77 Dan Burke – It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the sad news that Dan Burke passed away on July 9 2010 in Reno, Nevada. He was 52 years old. Dan was the Senior Class President for the class of 1977 at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. We know that Dan loved the Lord with all his heart, and his deepest desire was to serve the Lord perfectly. Dan will be deeply missed in our Lives. Surviving family members: Parents, Lorwin Burke of Grass Valley and Jean Ogden Burke of Grass Valley, brothers, Greg, Russ and Bryon Burke of Grass Valley and sister, Jan Burke Rakestraw (‘76). If anyone would like to honor Dan’s memory, please make a contribution to: Rio Lindo’s Student Financial Assistance Fund. “Dan Burke Memorial Gift”
’80 Peter Stimpel-The world has one less pilgrim this week, one less warrior. After a brief battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Peter August Stimpel, age 51, went to sleep in Jesus on Monday, January 21, 2013. Peter was the youngest of five children raised by Tom and Helen Stimpel. His four older brothers and sisters soon came to realize that in his quest to “catch up,” he would surpass them.
Peter was unusually bright, talented, and restless with the status quo. His intellectual curiosity made him a challenge for teachers and authority figures. He wasn’t really a rebel, he just had a knack for finding their vulnerable spots—intellectually or philosophically—and demanding better answers. “Because I said so” didn’t work for him. Peter was an extreme extrovert. He loved people and he loved a good discussion. If things were too sedate, he didn’t mind playing the devil’s advocate to keep the discussion rolling. If you took yourself and your positions too seriously, he would switch positions just to remind you that he was having too much fun to get bogged down in polemics.
Peter possessed both an inherited and cultivated trait of seeing value in things that others often overlooked. His collection of spare parts, machinery and vehicles was the result of watching his depression-era parents reuse and even recreate things cast aside by others. But he also had a special knack for the art of the bargain. When he was still too young to drive, he was buying and reselling used cars to adults!
Peter eschewed popularity for genuine friendships. He saw value in people who were marginalized and lonely. He reached out to people who didn’t fit in polite company and was a loyal friend when things got tough.
In keeping with his Viking heritage, Peter was always at war with something—the establishment, society, nominal Christianity, to name a few. And he was a fearless “protester” in an age when “Protestantism” in its broadest sense is considered a relic of a bygone era. As he aged, Peter mellowed and found that his battle was really a spiritual war—the fight of faith. Throughout his sudden illness and staggering diagnosis—only weeks to live—he manifested an unwavering trust in God and gave testimony to His goodness, despite his condition. He taught us how to die singing God’s praises. Hallelujah!
Peter and his wife Patty had two children—Paul and Paige. In 2001, Paul died suddenly from a rare autoimmune disorder that no one knew he had. He was nearly 16 years old. A part of Peter died with him and for those of us who knew him, he was never the same. He became that pilgrim and stranger, seeking a better land. Nothing on earth could take the ache from his heart or the itch from his feet. I believe God knew that this pilgrim was ready and this warrior would be victorious in his last battle with the hosts of darkness. He is now resting, waiting to be reunited with Paul and the faithful of all ages at Jesus’ soon return. When Peter comes up, there will be much shouting. Hallelujah!
Peter is survived by his wife Patty, his daughter Paige, his brothers, Earl and Jim, his sisters, Betsy Mayer and Kathy Smith, and his mother, Helen.
“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith. Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” I Timothy 4: 7, 8.
Written by Betsy Mayer, Peter’s oldest sister, January 25, 2013
’81 Kurt Kendrick – Died January 5, 2013
’81 Karen (Mullins) Cason Passed away December 14, 2016 at the age of 53.
’85 Eric Lundin – Died March 16, 2013
’93 Cynthia Morikone – Passed away April 28, 2010. She was an idealistic young lawyer who devoted her career to representing criminal defendants and parolees. She worked as a gymnastics teacher while studying full time and earned a bachelor’s degree in government at Sacramento State in 2001. She earned a law degree at Georgetown University in Washington in 2004. She studied under U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who led her summer course on fundamental rights in Europe and America through McGeorge School of Law. She is survived by her parents, Abraham and Leonore Morikoni.
’97 Robin (Kruger) Martin – Robin was born on December 18, 1977 to Carl and Ellen Kruger in Willits, California. She graduated from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in 1997. After graduation, Robin worked as a Certified Nurses Aid in Sonora while getting her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Robin married John Martin on May 5, 2007. She enjoyed teaching young children, sending friends cards, and her two dogs, Cooper and Tanner. Robin passed away on Saturday morning, May 1, 2010 in her sleep.
’98 Evan Bird – Passed away August 22, 2010. He was born March 21, 1980. Evan had a very aggressive brain tumor called glioblastoma (GBM), and it was all very sudden. However, the family was thankful that he did not suffer. Evan is survived by his parents, Charles and Betty Bird of Willits and his brother Michael Bird of Vancouver, Washington.
’98 Forrest Philpot- Passed away on the weekend August 8. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast and worked for years as a ski patroller in Tahoe and a mountain bike course manager at Northstar at Tahoe. He is missed by friends, classmates, and family.
’05 Brian Younker – Passed away on May 12, 2010 after a 2 1/2 year battle with brain cancer. His Memorial Service, held at Rio, celebsrated his life and infectious smile. He was laid to rest on his birthday, August 8 at Fresno Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his parents, Tim and Barbara, sister Laura – class of ‘02 and brother Darrin – class of ‘06.
Christian Marquis Batchelor (2013) Passed away April 23, 2017 at the age of 22. Christian, a junior year student at La Sierra University, died April 23 from congenital heart failure. He enrolled at La Sierra University after graduating from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg, Calif. and enjoyed many aspects of campus life including singing in the Voice of Praise Gospel Choir. Christian touched the lives of many throughout his life, encouraging them to believe in their potential as a walking motivational speaker and close friend. He loved deeply and hard and in turn, was fiercely cherished by those who knew him. While a student at Rio, he led the Spartans cheer section, spoke for chapels, and encouraged his peers on a daily basis. He laughed constantly and had a soul for empathy. He is survived by his mother, Victoria Batchelor and grandparents who were instrumental in his journey to Rio.