Todd Wemmer, age 43, beloved father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, was born on January 15, 1975 in Sonoma, California. He died unexpectedly out in nature doing what he loved on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Mt. Shasta. He is preceded in death by his father Ronald Ray, and his mother Caryle Wemmer. He is survived by his wife Kristal Wemmer, daughter Maliya Wemmer, son Malakai Wemmer, sister April Davidson and niece Summer Davidson.
Todd’s love for the outdoors knew no bounds. He was an avid hiker, mountain biker, climber, backpacker and snowboarder which prompted his move from Santa Rosa to Mt. Shasta over 20 years ago. It was here that he met his true love, his beautiful wife Kristal. Todd summed up his love for her last year on their anniversary with the following message: “Where would I be without you. You’re my true love, my ride or die, my beautiful wife. Thank you for tolerating and inspiring me. It sure doesn’t feel like 21 years have gone by when I look at you. You’re as beautiful as the day we met.”
Friends and family would agree that Todd’s easy laugh and sense of humor were unparalleled. In school he was often the mischievous class clown, but his teachers had a hard time staying upset with him due to his good nature and infectious smile. Todd was known for sticking up for those who needed support. If he was your friend, you knew with certainty that you had a friend for life.
Those lucky enough to know Todd will tell you that he was always willing to lend a hand. He began his public service career with the US Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. He later went to medic school and worked as a paramedic on both ground ambulances and air rescue craft. After years of experience on the front lines, Todd saw the need for more emergency medical support services in wildland firefighting and collaborated with Chad McCall and Aaron Stutz to found Mountain Medics, his true calling.
“Courage. Courage to speak up despite persecution or harm. Courage to do what’s right regardless of the opinions of others. Courage to step in and help regardless of risk. Courage to be transparent regardless of how you’re perceived. Courage to show your faith, your convictions and to trust despite being disliked or rejected. The world needs courageous people. I am eternally grateful for those in my life who have true courage. Thank you. You know who you are.” Todd Wemmer, October 26, 2017.
A celebration of life service will take place on Saturday, June 16 at the First Baptist Church, 812 Lassen Lane, Mt. Shasta at 5:00 pm. Afterwards, a procession will lead guests to the Iron Horse venue, 138 Big Canyon Drive, Mt. Shasta (off Highway 89) where family and friends can get together from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. If you happen to see a blackbird fly over, give it a smile and know that Todd is flying free and watching over his family. He will be loved forever.