Tributes & Trust

Cory Iverson is a true hero to our Southern California community. He lost his life while fighting the Thomas Fires on 12/14. He leaves behind his best friend and devoted wife and a daughter with another little girl on the way. 

As people are asking how they can help, what we know is that they first need your prayers. They also will need help in the coming year as they grieve and learn to adapt to life without Cory. This money will go to Ashley to use as needed--for funeral arrangements, for their girls, for help with the home and the yard, whatever she needs as she grieves and adjusts. Please donate to the Cory Iverson Memorial Fund below. Thank you!

Ryan Joseph Mitchell, beloved son, husband, father, friend and Fire Captain. He was loved and respected by so many.  Surfer, natural athlete, adventure seeker, Jack of all trades, master of many.  

Known as Lil Michelin man as a babe, Punkin in his youth, RJ by his sports teams, Pepper (one of the spice boyz) by the Locos Mocos crew, Noodle by his surfer family.  He excelled in all that he attempted and lived his life for each moment. Ryan had a heart full of truth, class and character established on a foundation of moral clarity.  His opinion was often counter to current culture, but he was never afraid to express it as it was founded in truth.

Captain Patrick Walker: “Ryan was not just a Firefighter, Ryan was a CalFire Captain and he was an exceptional one”.

Ryan is survived by:

Wife, Denelle, son Aiden, Jessie and faithful Blue Healer adventure hound Oso

Parents, William and Leslie Mitchell

Grandparents, Elwyn and Ann Gates, Jessie Gates

Uncles, Thomas Mitchell, Scott Dollard

Aunts, Lisa Phillips, Dana Mann, Cindy Dollard, Lynn Ann Harris

9 cousins and 12 In-law family members

Ryan knew in his early teens that he wanted to be a firefighter.  Prior to his High school graduation he began to seek volunteer opportunities at various stations as directed by various department friends of the family.  Soon after graduation from high school he attended Mira Mar College for fire science classes.  Ryan’s exemplary fifteen year carrier with CalFire, San Diego County Fire, Helitack and US Forest Service and his numerous qualifications are the hallmarks of a career dedicated to serving communities throughout the state.  He loved his job and the men and women he served with, always putting others first.  He is and will be sorely missed by so many, but we will rejoice in the time we have had to live, laugh and love with him. Please donate to the Ryan Mitchell Memorial Fund below. Thank You!



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