Kyle Adams, 1992 – 2018: A Big Smile; a Bigger Heart

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Kyle Joseph Adams passed away on Sept. 21 in Elko, Nev. He was 25.

Born on Dec. 10, 1992, in Santa Rosa, Calif., he was an Enterprise High School athlete and graduate.

He later enrolled in Santa Rosa Junior Community College in Santa Rosa.

He was a United States Air Force veteran from 2014 to 2018 during which time he served a tour of duty for Operation Inherent Resolve at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

Kyle was known for his engaging personality, a huge smile, a kind, generous heart, and a booming laugh he let loose as he sat around a campfire, telling great stories.

Dan Adams and then-teenage son Kyle Adams.

He was upbeat, and had the kind of energy and charisma that warmed up a room with his very presence. He was a hard worker, loved solving mathematical problems, and was rarely beaten at chess.

Kyle Adams as a teenager.

Kyle had an endearing way of collecting hearts, and making lasting connections, even if it meant making personal sacrifices.

One of Kyle’s high school teachers still recalls one of Kyle’s particularly selfless acts when he tried to take the blame for an act of vandalism Kyle didn’t commit, in order to lessen the punishment to the entire class when the actual vandal would not confess.

The teacher knew the truth, so wouldn’t allow Kyle take the fall, although that was exactly what Kyle was prepared to do for the sake of his classmates.

He is survived by his parents Dan and Holly Adams; younger brothers Jesse and Ethan Adams; and Kyle’s paternal grandparents, Fred Adams and Vonnie Riley; all of Redding.

From left, brothers Kyle, Ethan and Jesse Adams.

He is survived by mother Kelly Spence and maternal grandmother, Marilyn Spence, both of Windsor, Calif.; and was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Gordon Spence. He’s also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Kyle Adams’ life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sun., Oct. 28 in Anderson River Park in Anderson, a place Kyle loved.

Click here for information about helping the family with the unexpected costs, including bringing Kyle back home to Redding. 

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4 Responses

  1. Dan, Holly, Jesse, Ethan, and the entire Adams family, I am heartsick with you over the loss of Kyle, this incredible young man. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Such a tragic loss. When an elderly person dies, one who has been ill, it’s fitting to say, “I’m sad but not sorry.” But when we lose a young, vibrant person like Kyle, we are both sad and sorry. Heartfelt condolences to his whole family.

  3. Avatar Shelly Shively says:

    To Kyle’s family and loved ones, I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your precious Kyle. There are no words to adequately express the grief and sorrow. Kyle sounds like an amazing young man, gone too soon. I’m sure the world was so much better, in the years Kyle lived so fully. Though life as you know, will never be the same, your love of Kyle, and living in cherished memory of him, will keep him forever a part of each of you.
    May you find comfort and peace within your faith in God, and of the immense privilege of being Kyle’s family.
    My heart and prayers are with you.

  4. Good morning, friends. I have some new information about a GoFundMe site, created by one of the Adams’ friends to help Kyle’s family during this difficult time.

    The details of Ryan’s death aren’t mine to share, but I will say his death was sudden, and it resulted in some necessary and unexpected after-death expenses, including the family driving to Nevada to bring Kyle home.

    The Adams are proud people, small business-owners not inclined to ask for help. They’re grateful and humbled by the outpouring of love and support in the aftermath of their tremendous loss of their eldest son. They own Edgewood Plumbing, and are among the most hard-working, genuinely good people I know. I started as Edgewood customer first, but ended up being their friend.

    Perhaps you’ve read Dan’s columns here on, and have gotten a sense of his character.

    I am posting a link to the GoFundMe site here, because I failed to include it in yesterday’s obituary.

    Any help is much appreciated.