here is his obituary. I just need to share it, I dont know that anyone but me will ever read this but just in case I want them to get just the smallest snippet of who Courtney is, who he was.
Courtney ---- ----, beloved father, cherished husband, honorable son and loyal friend passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.Courtney was born Oct. 30, 1972, and was raised in ----. At the age of 11, he began Judo instruction. It quickly became his passion. At the age of 16, Courtney received his black belt. Then he found his love of cars. He enjoyed all makes and models — the older or faster, the better. Anyone who knew him knows his heart is with the Mustang. To this day he still owns his infamous white Mustang. He has so many wonderful times with his friends in that car.
Courtney is a 1990 graduate of ---- High School. After graduation he worked various jobs until he found his niche with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local ---. He completed his five-year apprenticeship and received his journeyman card. While taking leave from the union Courtney entered the United States Army. Courtney completed basic training and advanced infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. He then completed Airborne School. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division - Bravo Company 2nd of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The remainder of his service allowed him many good times and wonderful adventures, including a deployment to Egypt.Courtney received numerous awards and citations during his service. These included the Army Achievement medal, the National Defense Service medal, the Army service ribbon, multinational Force and Observers medal, the Expert Marksmanship badge, the Parachutist badge and the German Parachutist badge.
After completion of his full term of service, Courtney received an honorable discharge and returned to ----. He immediately returned to the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local ---, to continue his work as a journeyman. He worked on many large-scale jobs, such as the Budweiser plant in Fairfield, Genentech Pharmaceutical in Vacaville and Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville just to name a few. Courtney was a valued brother in his union until his passing.Courtney found immense happiness in his friends. He was the vigilant host. He loved to host gatherings, sitting and reminiscing of times past and making new memories each time. He had a gift for maintaining friendships for many years and those were the most important to him. A house full of friends and family is what he loved the most.
Courtney was a man true to his family and a mamma’s boy until the end. He cherished his mother and father and was always ready if they needed him. He truly enjoyed his time with them. Courtney was an amazing and loving father. He took so much pride in all of his boys. He attended every school function, every football practice and each game. He loved to pick out the little things and say, “They get that from me.”Courtney is survived by his mother, Miriam ---- and father, Edward ----. He is also survived by his wife of the heart, Vicki -------; his children, Victor -------, Jonathan -------, Deyton ------- and Callen ----; his brother, Ryan ---- and sister-in-law, Kenia ----; his nieces, Kyrie and Nichole; his cousin and best friend, Greg -----, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.