Obituary — Cole Mathew Korpi |

Obituary — Cole Mathew Korpi


Memorial services and a Celebration of Life will take place Aug. 24 for Cole Mathew Korpi, who died in a motorcycle accident Aug. 18, 2002, on Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe. He was 27.

Mr. Cole was born Feb. 7, 1975, at Walnut Creek, Calif. He graduated from Gold Strike High School at San Andreas, Calif., in 1993, and was a 12-year resident of South Lake Tahoe. He was a carpenter and had been employed by Yochheim Construction the past few years. An avid freestyle motorcross racer as well as a snowboard enthusiast, he also enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.

Mr. Korpi was a great friend to many people. He always pushed his limits and taught his friends to push themselves to their limits and through the hard times. He was hard as a rock on the outside, yet soft as a four-foot powder landing on the inside. He lost his life doing what he loved to do. His death is a loss to all his friends and family, but most of all to the people he never got to meet. Through his great vision to find new snowboard chutes, to insanely large dirt bike kickers and beautiful custom homes he helped build with greatest attention to detail, he had much to offer. He is not only a fallen brother, but a fallen local hero to many of his friends and the children around him, whom he considered his family.

He is survived by his mother, Joanne Kinnard of Palmdale, Calif.; father, Don Korpi of San Ramon, Calif.; sisters, Brandi Kinnard of Mexico and Caroline Korpi of Castro Valley, Calif.; grandparents, Maxwell and Alice Kinnard of Lodi, Calif., and Hedy Korpi of Pittsburg, Calif.; and many friends and co-workers.

Memorial services and a Celebration of Life will begin at noon Aug. 24 at Kiva Beach. Private inurnment is planned.

Donations in Mr. Korpi’s memory may be made to the South Tahoe Motorcycle Club, Account Number 153492620288,

U.S. Bank, South Lake Tahoe Branch, attention Terri Arnold.

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