Lindsey Allen Van Why |

Lindsey Allen Van Why

Lindsey Allen Van Why was taken from us far too soon in a tragic ski accident on Feb 14, 2014. He was 43.

A celebration of Lindsey's life titled "Lindsey's Last Toast" will take place at 1:30 p.m. on March 15, 2014, at the Twin Pines Community Center, 20 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, Calif.

Lindsey was born in Stockton, Calif., March 31, 1970, and grew up in Grass Valley, Calif.

He was very active in 4-H, winning master showmanship at both the Nevada County and California state fairs, as well as becoming a camp counselor for many years. He played Little League baseball. He attended Nevada Union High School where he starred on the soccer team, holding the record for the most goals scored in a single season. He graduated in 1988 and went on to California State University, Chico.

He moved to the Bay Area where he worked in the construction business and belonged to the Carpenters Union Local 217. He resided in Belmont with his family and worked as a senior safety engineer for XL Construction/Bradley Concrete. When asked what his favorite part of his job was, he stated, "sending employees home safely to their loved ones."

Lindsey is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 15 years, Robin Van Why; sons Tanner and Cooper; mother, Vickie Black; stepdad, Gary Black; sister, Leslie Burnett and brother-in-law, Dack Burnett; sister, Denise Van Why; stepbrother, Eric Black; sister-in-law, Nancy Black; and many nieces and nephews who adored him.

Lindsey was a truly devoted family man and instilled his love of life, sports and the outdoors in his two young sons. He coached his son's baseball and soccer teams for many years. He was a gifted athlete who loved spending time on the ski slopes and was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, hiking, fishing and bow-hunting. He also played softball on his company team, the XL Lumberjacks.

Lindsey has touched the lives of countless family, friends, co-workers and the Belmont community. His zest for life was unparalleled. His charismatic personality brought people together and he had an ability to make everyone feel important. Lindsey brought passion to everything he did and found great beauty in his natural surroundings. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten for his positive attitude and engaging smile.

There are two memorial funds set up for donations. Deposits to Bank of the West can be made to Van Why Family Memorial Fund or go online to

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