The Carlmont High School boys soccer team paused for a moment of silence before their game on Feb. 1 to remember and honor a former teammate, Kurtis Linnell, who passed away that day. Kurtis, 21, fought a brave and difficult battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Kurtis was born on November 23, 1991 and was the eldest child of Mike and Monica Linnell of Redwood City. His younger brother and sister are in high school.
From an early age, Kurtis loved sports and was an avid athlete. He played baseball and ran track, but his favorite sports were competitive soccer which he played at the club level in Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City as well as for his schools, and motocross which he enjoyed with his family and friends.
Kurtis graduated from Carlmont in 2010 and attended Sonoma State University. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and was working toward a career in the gaming industry as a QA Analyst at Electronic Arts in Redwood Shores.
A memorial service for Kurtis will be held at 1 pm on February 16, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Redwood City. A reception will follow at Luther Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kurtis W. Linnell Memorial Foundation at Wells Fargo Bank.