Obituary: Klay Kazala, 50 |

Obituary: Klay Kazala, 50

Klay Kazala, 50

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Klay Kazala passed away on June 16, 2009, from a courageous 16-month battle with metastasized malignant melanoma. He was surrounded by his family in Riverside, Calif. Klay fought Melanoma like he lived his life. His battle with cancer was hard fought and inspirational.

Klay moved to the Tahoe area more than 25 years ago to allow him to ski as much as possible.

He was always on the lookout for the best lines while on the mountain. It didn’t really matter how much climbing was involved to get at those lines, Klay was there.

Klay also loved cycling. Klay was an avid road and mountain biker. He was very athletic and loved climbing Mt. Rose highway on his bike. Once was never enough for him. When Klay would get to the bottom of the highway, he would turn around and climb it again.

Just two months prior to Klay succumbing to melanoma, he was in Canada Heli-skiing blue bird days with his friends.

During Klay’s battle he made frequent trips back to Tahoe to enjoy his passions.

Be it work, play, friendship or fighting cancer Klay always gave it 200 percent. This is how Klay is remembered. Klay taught us all about living life to the fullest.

Klay was born in Everett, Wash., on July 8, 1958. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Kazala; his father, Gilbert Kazala; his sisters, Kerri Kazala and Kathi Kazala; his brother, Kevin Kazala; and his nephew, Trevor.

There will be a celebration of Klay’s life at the Pavilion in Kings Beach on Saturday July 11, 2009 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to melanoma research foundation.

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