More than 150 people came out for a candlelight memorial for Dave Wicks on Wednesday evening at Burney High School.
Kyle Cantrell helped to organize and oversee the event. Burney Volunteer Fire Department and Shasta County Sherriff’s Department personnel attended and businesses in town left their lights on for the evening to show their love and support for Dave and his family
Mr. Cantrell brought 300 candles for people to light. People lit all of the candles and placed them in a cleared area. Some people placed candles spelling out Dave’s name with a heart.
After all of the candles were lit, Cantrell opened up the microphone for anyone to share. The first to do so was a lifetime friend of Dave’s who had known him as a lad in Reno, had played music with him in the band Razormade, and had been present when Dave first met his wife Sonja. He said that he had never seen Dave happier than while he was living in this area with Sonja. He and Sonja shared the same joyful giving spirit.
Afterwards, many came forward to share how Dave’s goodness had touched their lives. Several shared how he had befriended them through his friendly warm-heartedness while working at the Shell Station.
Others talked of how they had been uplifted by his music. One of his coworkers at the gas station spoke of Dave’s faith. Dave loved God and he loved people. He was kind to everyone.
Most of those who spoke shed tears as they testified to his acts of kindness. Dave was much-loved and will be dearly missed. At the end of the memorial everyone sang Dave’s name together.
There will be a memorial service for Dave at Burney High School on January 21.
To view videos of the memorial see: Videos of Candlelight Memorial for Dave Wicks Wednesday, December 28, 2016