Kalvin Mitchell Reed was born on July 10, 2004 to Josh and Andrea Reed of Eureka. He graduated from Eureka High School in 2022. He passed away on August 12, 2023.
Kalvin was full of life and constantly on the go doing something with his friends or family. He was beloved by many; and everyone who knew him would tell you that he was very funny, kind, outgoing, and “that kid” who was welcomed into many households, oftentimes just like a member of that family. Kalvin was an avid outdoorsman. If he wasn’t spending time with his friends or family, he was hunting or fishing. Kalvin especially loved duck hunting and waking up early in the morning to get to his favorite hunting spots before dawn with his buddies. A week before he passed, Kalvin surprised his mom and aunts by backpacking alone to Stoddard Lake in Trinity County, joining the “Annual O.R. Backpacking Trip.” His mom was so happy to see him that she cried.
Most recently, Kalvin was considering a career in heavy equipment operation and even considered joining the Navy, following the footsteps of his great-grandfather who served in World War II, his aunt Allison and his cousin Brian, who are both currently serving.
Kalvin recently enjoyed an unforgettable vacation with his family in Kauai where Kalvin caught fish (of course), enjoyed a tubing adventure, a luau and a sunset cruise of the Napali Coast; and on one rainy evening, he husked a coconut with his bare hands just to see if he could do it. That was the type of thing he did. At the luau, Kalvin’s dad bought him a traditional Hawaiian makau hook necklace carved from a wooly mammoth tusk and his dad said, “Never take it off,” and he never did.
Kalvin touched so many lives with his infectious laughter, sense of humor, hard work ethic and a fierce loyalty to his friends and family. He was the type of son and friend you could only hope for. His life was cut much too short and he never had the chance to live life fully; but while he was here, he did live life fully. Every day.
Kalvin is survived by and will be missed every minute of every day by his parents, Josh and Andrea Reed of Eureka, his sister, Kelsey Reed; Grandparents Polly Fuller of Shasta Lake City, Calif., Russ Fuller of Dublin, Calif., Kenna Reed of Eureka; Aunts Amy Fuller (Candace) of Midland, North Carolina, Allison Keller of Sacramento, CA, Samantha Douglass (William) of Orcutt, Calif., Geneva Gray (Brad) of Santa Clarita, Calif., Amanda Ackley (Todd) of Castaic, Calif., Ashley Hoang (Sean) of Lakewood, Calif.; Uncles Matt Fuller of Lincoln, Mont., Jeff Keller of Eureka, and Marchall Fuller (Jennie) of Gardnerville, Nev.
A celebration of life will be held at the Eureka First Church of the Nazarene, 2039 E St., Eureka on September 15, 2023 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at the River Lodge, Fortuna.
Special thanks for the support of The Blue Lake Rancheria, Humboldt Masonic Lodge No. 79 F&AM, Providence St. Joseph Hospital, and Steve Berti of the Eureka First Church of the Nazarene. And very special thanks to the community for their unbelievable outpouring of support during this difficult time.
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