Kenyon, Rodney Lee |

Kenyon, Rodney Lee

Courtesy photo/Sierra SunRodney Lee Kenyon

Hot Rod has left the planet.

Rod passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2007, after a brief but serious infection in his home town of Carmel Valley California. He was 54. Rod was encircled by friends and family.

Rod was born Dec. 22, 1953. He is survived by his beloved son, Austin; father, Dale; mother, Shirley Cole; brothers Todd and Kip; sisters Gay and Holly.

Rod Man, or Hot Rod as many people new him, dedicated 20 years of his life to teaching skiing and riding in the Sierra mountains. His passion for the mountain sports influenced those lucky enough to meet him. Many of the local ski resorts today are staffed with instructor who learned the love of teaching in the mountains from Rod Man. After the snow was gone, so was Rod, but he returned every ski session with stories of travel away from the Sierra.

Hot Rod had a wanderlust from an early age. Back in the day, Rod had many wild adventures, among them were riding a motorcycle from California to Alaska and back, racing in the Baja 500 and winning a trophy, and bicycling from Northern Idaho to the Monterey Peninsula. He loved camping, fishing, and hiking.

Rod Man was everything outdoors and he lived life the way he wanted. Rod will be remembered for his endless laughter, big smile and bigger heart. Rod was full of surprises right up to the end. We rest easy knowing the Hot Rod will adapt quickly and thrive in his new environment. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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