Amy Castillo-Covert

Amy Castillo-CovertOn Sunday, May 10, 2020, the Ridgecrest community was shaken by the sudden and unexpected loss of one of its most dedicated and beloved citizens.

Amy Sue Castillo-Covert was born on Oct. 30, 1960, at Fort Belvoir, Va., to Floyd and Dana Castillo. Amy was born into a Navy family and lived all across the States as well as in the Philippines. She came to Ridgecrest with her family in 1971 and graduated from Burroughs High School in 1978. She attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida and Azusa Pacific University in California.

After working for Comarco and raising children for several years, she found a calling in education. She was instrumental in starting Ridgecrest Charter School, and in 2002 she was elected to the Sierra Sands Unified School District School Board and has been reelected each term since. She represented SSUSD at many CSBA conferences, and was the district’s NAFIS representative to Washington, D.C. and enabled the local school district to receive several million dollars in federal funding during her 18-year tenure.

In addition to her school board duties, she also took on a Patient Access job at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, primarily at the Southwest Pavilion but also filling in around the hospital as needed. Many patients and hospital staff alike have expressed that working with Amy was one of the more pleasant aspects of their experience at RRH.

In every aspect of her life, Amy was known for her compassion and fire. Everywhere she went, she made friends, and she was loyal to her friends and especially to her family.

She is survived by her husband Scott Covert and their children Jordan, Ben, and Kate; parents; brother David and wife Dorothy of San Antonio, Texas; brother Joseph and wife Heather of Chesapeake, Va., with their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Jim Frank and son Michael Frank, and is survived by her son James and wife Crystal and their children and grandchildren, as well as by Michael’s wife Debbie Frank and their daughters.

Amy was a shining light in the Ridgecrest community and will be deeply missed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family cannot manage more than a private family ceremony at this time, but a Celebration of Life is being planned for a later time.

— Submitted by the family of Amy Castillo-Covert

Story First Published: 2020-06-26