Micah Cercone

Micah CerconeMicah Tyler Edwin Cercone, 18, of Ridgecrest, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 24, 2018.

Micah was born in San Dimas, July 21, 2000, and raised by his great-grandparents, George and Joyce Cercone. He attended school through the special education program at Richmond Elementary School, James Monroe Middle School and Burroughs High School.

During his years in school, and his short time at Burroughs High, he touched the lives of so many people. Stories of the joy Micah shared and brought to his teachers, aides and classmates have come pouring in and have helped to ease the pain of the loss of his family. His contagious smile, and often heard quote of “I don’t know,” even though you knew he did, will live forever in our hearts.

At the age of 4, Micah was diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, yet he never let it dull his passion for life. He participated in Taekwondo, achieving the rank of brown belt; played basketball on a city team, and was a video-game wizard. He participated annually in an MDA camp in Central California, which was one of his greatest joys.

Micah is survived by his great-grandparents, George and Joyce Cercone; grandparents, Shawn and Gigi McNally; mother, Nikki Cercone; great-aunt, Joan Gelormino; uncles and aunts, Nick and Kimberly Bert, Tracie Kelling, James and Christa Bouchie, Damon and Danelle Kelling, Daniel and Julie Kelling, Jeremy and Lisa McNally, Vinny and Brittany Martino; cousins Nicholas, Noah, and Marianna Bert, Kimbel, Trysten, and Elias Kelling, Devan, Daniel, Kellan, and Nathan Bouchie, Evan Kelling, Andrew and Austin Kelling, Aiden McNally; and his beloved poodle, Missy.

He was papa’s little buddy and biggest helper.

Viewing will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel, with memorial services beginning at noon. Interment will be held Monday, Nov. 5, at noon at Desert Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Holland & Lyons Mortuary.

The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA.org/donate) to help support those fighting this disease, and work to find a cure.

The family of Micah wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all those who helped support Micah in his journey through Sierra Sands Unified School District, Loma Linda Children’s Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

— Submitted by the family of Micah Cercone

Story First Published: 2018-11-02