Tehachapi, Calif., resident Todd Sterling Ivens died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. He was 33.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Lynchwood Church of God in Portland, Ore.
Mr. Ivens was born April 12, 1974, to Vicky and Bill Carlton. He attended David Douglas High School in Portland until December 1991, when he moved to Fairbanks. He graduated from West Valley High School. Mr. Ivens was an aviation mechanic and had recently moved to Tehachapi and worked for Scaled Composites.
"We lost one of the most energetic souls in our family in the Mojave explosion. He loved his work and was proud of his workmanship. No matter what knocked him down, he came back with the exuberance to match no other. He was hard working, hard living, hard playing and loved his dogs, Stormy and Wrecks. We are so heartsick. We too will bounce back, with his voice in the background and the memory of his non-ending stories. A friend sent me this message, 'When things like this happen, it makes you realize that life comes with no guarantees and you need to savor every moment. Laugh when you can, cry when you must, appreciate the gift of every new day,'" his family said.
He is survived by his parents, Vicky and Bill Carlton of Soldotna; sister, Tara; grandparents, Charlotte and Murel Vermillion; aunts and uncles, Charlotte and Gene McNeil and Clark and Cathy Vermillion; and nieces and nephews, Kali McNeil, Caity Mae and CJ Vermillion, Jason, Amanda, Crystal and Phoenix Aidan.
Arrangements were made by Mish Funeral Home in Oilville, Calif.
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