Family rides in crash victim’s honor |

Family rides in crash victim’s honor

Tim West

The family of a Grass Valley man who died as the result of a motorcycle crash last month completed a fateful ride in his honor Sunday.

Tim West died July 23 after complications from a motorcycle accident 17 days earlier.

“My dad had been restoring his Harley for nine months, he dedicated a lot of time to his bike,” said Amber West, daughter of Tim West.

On July 6, Tim West was in an accident almost five minutes after getting onto his bike according to his daughter. He was in the hospital for 17 days when Amber finally decided to take him off life support.

“I finally had to make the decision to let him go,” said Amber. “I’m an only child so I’m daddy’s little girl, I’ve always been very close with him,” she said.

Tim West was born April 12, 1950, to Robert and Bonnie West in San Jose where he graduated from Branham High School in 1968. As a youth, he loved surfing, music, motorcycles and cars. Muscle cars were his passion and he developed a detailed knowledge of these great old vehicles. His love for music began in high school, spending weekends and summers enjoying the San Francisco ’60s music scene.

He worked many jobs in the automotive field and had a flair for art; detailed pen-and-ink helped develop his specialty of pin striping and color matching. He later moved to Grass Valley and was self-employed doing auto paint and body.

Amber West and friends decided to finish her father’s motorcycle ride Sunday, exactly five weeks following his accident. The precession began at the accident site in Colfax near Highway 174 at around 1 p.m., and continued to Elks Lodge where a service and celebration was to be held.

“Me and a few others are going to bike from the crash site to the service,” Amber West said. “I plan on carrying his ashes with me as I’m biking. Other family and friends are going to ride in cars behind us, it’s going to be a slow, safe and easy ride.”

“I wanted to honor my father and do something big for him. He deserves it.”

Maya Anderman is an intern with The Union. Contact her via email at

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