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

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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