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Ramona Says Godspeed to Ryan Morgan in Stadium Where He Starred

1,000 friends, family, cadet mates and teammates attend memorial for football, track standout.

Ryan Allen Morgan was a “masterpiece of God,” said his younger brother Nathan at a memorial service Saturday night at the Ramona High School stadium where Ryan starred in football and track.

Damon Baldwin, his football coach, said: “God chose God’s athlete to be with him” in a tearful farewell heard by his parents, grandparents, West Point military friends and at least 1,000 others sitting behind them in the stands. Many wore jerseys with his No. 10, signed posters and shirts and left notes in guest books.

Pastor Rob Hubbard of Calvary Chapel recalled how Morgan, 21, attended church just hours before in a motorcycle crash near Ramona.  And his former teammates called him a role model and fun-loving friend.

Other speakers included track coach Steve Albanese, Morgan's freshman football coach Bill Tamburrino, football teammates Seth Drake, Trevor Kerchner and Jarrod Gallegos and track teammate Zach Kovak. West Point prep school classmate Rob Bickel and West Point cadet Justin Godes attended in their dress whites. Varsity football teammate Tyler Jackson helped with a flower presentation to the family.

At the end of a 90-minute tribute, cheerleaders from his graduating class of 2010 passed out hundreds of balloons. His mother, Julie, hugged a blue one tightly, and on a count of 10 let it go—among a flotilla wafting toward heaven.

Rheynard Morgan June 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Thank you everybody for a wonder memorial service. Mike Ernst, you are a wonderful man and I cannot thank you enough for taking the reins. It gave our hearts joy to see all the people that took the time to come see my boy. Thank You Ramona Rheynard Morgan and Family
Maggie Beltz June 10, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Such a beautiful memorial service. Incredible how many lives Ryan touched. Ryan will never be forgotten and will forever live in our hearts.
Kyrin Werner June 11, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Rheynard, you and Julie raised an amazing son. Like everyone said last night, he is someone to look up to. He had your heart sir and is forever in everyone's hearts in Ramona and everywhere he went. He was a remarkabe man and challanged everyone he coached to his finest so us aspiring to be any kind of athlete he was could try to make that man proud. He put his whole heart into helping everyone around him and did an amazing job doing so. He grew close to those who got to know him and it's truly amazing to hear all the amazing stories being shared about Ryan. He is for sure smiling down on us and everyone knows that he wants us to be the best we can be for him. he is truly a legend and a legacy. he was an inspiration and motivation to everyone. much love from the Werner, DuPont Family. -Kyrin
Jeanette Benton June 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Julie and Rheynard, the memorial was as beautiful as Ryan!! I'm sure Ryan is proud to have filled the stands yet again!! Be very proud of Nathan as well. His strength, courage and bravery was humbling. To go up and speak as elegantly as he did gave peace to alot of people and we only wish we had a little of bit of strength!! Thank you for sharing with us and thank you even more for letting Ryan be a bright spot in our lives!! Vince, Jeanette, Terri and Seth #32
Julia June 21, 2012 at 04:37 PM
It was THE most wonderful and memorable service I've ever had the privilege of attending. I will never forget it or your son Ryan. And, Nate? Wow! I will reflect on what he had to say about his brother forever. "The Morgan Brothers" are both very impressive and humbling to us all. You and Julie have raised TWO very awesome young men, and that speaks volumes for the kind of parents both of you are. You will be forever missed here Ryan! But, we all know they are enjoying you up in Heaven now where you will continue to make your parents and your brother proud.

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