Ryan Adkison Rockey, born October 7, 2000 was taken home by our Lord on Sunday, November 12, 2017. His loved ones are blessed by wonderful memories and cherished times. Ryan is survived by his parents Tracy and Alan Rockey, his younger sisters, Lauren and Madison, his loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Ryan was a natural born leader and enjoyed student government. Ryan was active in student government since 4th grade at Valley View Elementary, finishing there as President in 6th grade. He continued in student leadership at Granite Oaks Middle School as well as Rocklin High School. Ryan loved to work with his fellow ASB classmates, and he thrived at organizing volunteers for community events through CSF. He had such a respect for his teachers and had a wonderful connection with them. Ryan was a 4.0 student and was taking 3 AP courses in his junior year at RHS. Ryan was very smart and also "high tech"; his family and friends leaned on him for ad-vice with all sorts of technological troubles. Whether it was helping Nana and Grandpa with their iPhones, Mom with her laptop, or Lauren with printing a project, he was al-ways patient in teaching others his IT skills. An incredible big brother, he was a tre-mendous help to his mom. She appreciated him picking up Madie from school on Mondays and driving his sisters to their activities, and he took joy in driving them to Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A.
In addition to his many contributions at school and home, Ryan had many other interests. Having made his First Communion and Confirmation at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Ryan enjoyed many years of Faith Formation and Edge with the kids at church. He was proud to be a VBS leader, and his groups adored him. Ryan played soccer most of his childhood and the past few years was a referee, not minding the long Sat-urdays. Many kids were blessed by their interactions with Ryan. He loved music and especially enjoyed The Eagles. His parents were so happy driving with Ryan, listening to classic rock together. He admired Steve Jobs and his accomplishments, especially the iPhone and Apple Watch. Ryan became a certified scuba diver at age 13 and loved to dive with his dad in Hawaii. He enjoyed time at Alan's hanger and cherished the opportunities to be his dad's co-pilot. Most recently, they flew together to Aspen over Ryan's 17th Birthday.
Travel was a passion of Ryan's, and in his short life he was fortunate enough to see a vast majority of the world. He walked the Great Wall of China and rode the fastest train in the world in Shanghai; he saw Pompeii in Italy, the Vatican & Coliseum in Rome, Hiroshima in Japan, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Empire State Building and Ground Zero in NY. Ryan and his dad were proud to be able to attend Donald Trump's Inauguration. On his own accord, Ryan had reached out to Congressman Tom McClintock, explaining why he wanted to attend such an historic event, and he was awarded tickets to attend the Inauguration of the 45th President.
The Rockey family hopes that Ryan's spirit can live on among all those he has touched. His final accomplishment was truly the gift of life by being an organ donor. His family is thankful that Ryan will live on in so many ways through the families he has blessed with his organ donations. We will never forget him, and he will live in our hearts and prayers forevermore.