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Kyle "Dutch" Van Arsdale

Kyle “Dutch” Van Arsdale died Friday at the age of 21.

Driving to work on Friday morning at 7 a.m., July 27 (four days shy of his 22nd birthday), Kyle Van Arsdale died in an automobile accident at the crossing of Highway 89 and East Alder Creek Road.

Kyle is survived by his father and mother, Gene and Brenda; his sister, Kerri, and his cousins, uncles, aunts, grandfather and maternal great grandparents.

Kyle was in his third year at Butte Community College working on his bachelor’s of arts degree in Natural Resources.

He grew up in Tahoe, loving the forest, and wanted to be involved in maintaining its beauty and growth. He was committed to his work with the fire prevention program of the Tahoe Donner Forestry Department and worked each summer clearing falling lumber and chipping brush. It was a hot and laborious task but he enjoyed working with his team and their contribution toward keeping the forest sustained.

Big-hearted, honest, and lovable (as well as “Always hungry” says his mom), Kyle was a friend to many, the best big brother to his sister, and a treasure to his community. Kyle will be missed tremendously by family, friends, peers, fellow students, educators and neighbors.

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Because of Kyle’s love of the forest, his family asks that any gifts to be sent in Kyle’s honor and memory be submitted as donations to the Tahoe National Forest’s Penny Pines Project. For further information go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/projects_plans/penny_pines/index.shtml

Services for Kyle

The Van Arsdale family invites all who would like to share in a celebration of Kyle’s life to come down to the Truckee River Regional Park below the amphitheatre by the river this Wednesday, August 1 at 3 p.m. Please bring a favorite dish to share.