Cody R. Kurtz

Cody R. KurtzCody Ryan Kurtz, 17, of Ridgecrest passed away doing what he loved, racing his dirt bike in a motocross race at Glen Helen Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

He was born Oct. 6, 2000, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Kyle and Jessica Kurtz. Being an active duty military family, Cody attended many schools, including Laguna Vista Elementary in Oxnard, Richmond Elementary in Ridgecrest, P.W. Engvall Elementary in Lemoore, Liberty Middle School in Lemoore, and for the past three years he has attended Sherman E. Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest.

Along the way, Cody made many friends at the schools he attended, and he has stayed in contact with many of them throughout the years. Cody’s life passion was racing dirt bikes, something he has done since he was 6 years old. He has won many championships, including two national titles, throughout his career. His goal in life was to be a professional racer. One month before his passing he found out that his goal had been attained as he was set to be a fully sponsored professional racer through Purvines Racing out of Las Vegas, Nev.

Aside from racing, Cody was a passionate soul and a very kind hearted young man. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He displayed true sportsmanship in all the sports that he competed in, including cross country running, wrestling, swim, and was most recently accepted on to the Burros Varsity Football Team.

He had a positive impact on anyone he met, worked hard as an ambassador to the youth by always setting the right example as a role model for others to follow. He was funny, had a quick wit, and could make anyone’s mood better with his always bright, amazing smile.

He was a shining example to all of how to live life to the fullest.

He is survived by his mother and father, Jessica and Kyle Kurtz; sister, Caitlyn Kurtz; great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and too many friends to count.

A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at Crossroads Community Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a memorial fund that will help ensure that Cody can continue to help support his athletic peers at Burroughs High School, helping them ensure that they have everything they need for a safe and successful season.

There will be a donation box at the service, and there is also a GoFundMe set up in Cody’s name at www.gofundme.com/cody-kurtz-memorial.

— Submitted by the family of Cody Kurtz

Story First Published: 2018-08-27