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‘A huge heart’: Man killed on freeway was friend to all

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From page A1 | January 09, 2014 | 8 Comments

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Bryson LaBourdette, 25, of Davis, was killed early Tuesday morning when he was struck while trying to cross Highway 50 on foot. Courtesy photo

Bryson Rush LaBourdette embraced numerous interests during his lifetime: baseball, cars and snowboarding, to name just a few.

But the 25-year-old Davis man was perhaps best known for being a firm and loyal friend, one who would lend a hand to anyone who needed it, his family said Wednesday.

“Somebody would call and he’d be there,” even in the middle of the night, father Kirk LaBourdette said. “Bryson had a huge heart. He’d help anybody, almost down to a fault.”

Bryson LaBourdette lost his life Tuesday morning while trying to cross westbound Highway 50 on foot in West Sacramento, where he had been en route to pick up materials for the family construction business, according to his father.

While driving eastbound toward Sacramento, “he got a flat tire and wound up against the center median,” Kirk LaBourdette said. Bryson didn’t have his cell phone with him, and it’s believed he was headed somewhere in search of help when he was struck by several vehicles.

He died instantly, his father said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Leal said Wednesday that the incident remains under investigation, but officers believe they have made contact with all three drivers who were involved in the fatal collision.

Leal cautioned that freeway traffic approaches much faster than is oftentimes perceived, and she recommends that drivers of disabled vehicles either leave the freeway or, if that’s not possible, stay inside or near their cars with their hazard lights flashing until help arrives.

The tragedy has devastated both family and friends of Bryson LaBourdette, who according to his father was engaged to marry his fiancée, Amanda-Rose Smith, later this year and had long-range plans to take over the family business.

“He was going to be a fourth-generation contractor. He loved creating and building things his whole life,” Kirk LaBourdette said. The passion began in childhood with Legos and building blocks, “and kept going on from there.”

“He’d make a room light up when he came in,” he added. “We’re going to miss him.”

Bryson’s younger sister, Korinne LaBourdette, said her brother was “very protective” of her and their other sibling, 20-year-old Autumn — a role he also served for friends of the girls who didn’t have brothers of their own.

“If we were in trouble, he was the first person we were able to call,” said Korinne, 22, whose 6-year-old son Ashton was his uncle’s “pride and joy.”

“He was very involved” in Ashton’s life, helping to coach the boy’s T-ball team last year and providing him with extra batting and throwing practice. “He loved kids.”

Bryson also was looking forward to marrying Smith, 22, and was active in helping to plan the Aug. 16 event, his sister said.

“We didn’t think he would be, but he surprised us all,” Korinne said.

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Davis Christian Assembly, 3030 Sycamore Lane, with a celebration of life to follow at the same location.

In addition to his father, sisters, nephew and fiancée, Bryson also is survived by his mother, Vicki LaBourdette, and other extended family members. His beloved pit bull, Boss, was usually by his side.

The family is hoping to create a memorial sponsorship program for underprivileged youths with Davis Little League, where Bryson played throughout his childhood. His father, who coached him all those years, said he would draft children from local group homes to play on his teams, and that outreach was important to Bryson as well.

“He loved Little League, and having those kids come from those homes meant a lot to him,” Kirk LaBourdette said. “It got these kids into something they otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to do.”

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

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  • the deiselJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Tragic loss...I didn't know Bryson but but by all accounts it sounds like he was a great kid with a bright future. Condolences to his family and friends.

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  • Liana DrummondJanuary 09, 2014 - 11:52 am

    Thank you so much for this article. As someone who cared for Bryson deeply, it was very hard to read all of the things news networks were reporting and that most people's concern was traffic delays. Bryson was one of the most genorous, loving people that I have ever known. He was supposed to marry my cousin this year but was already family in our book. Anytime we would see Bryson his love of life and those around him would shine through. Always playing with my kids. Teaching them things or giving them gifts. Bryson surely made life happier for all that knew him. We miss him and he will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

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  • Christine FirpoJanuary 09, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Heartbroken to hear of the LaBourdette family's loss. Our family sends love and prayers.

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  • Janet Wadley FultonJanuary 10, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Please share follow-up information about the Little League memorial fund formed in Bryson LaBourdette's honor.

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  • January 12, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    I was a driver, who passed by this horrible accident within moments of it occuring. Immediatly I Prayed for him and his family. He sounds like he was an amazing man, uncle, son, brother and boyfriend. My thoughts remain with you all

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  • January 14, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    I was a person who was on the road as well when I saw the aftermath and his image has not left my mind. My deepest condolences for the family. My blessings and prayers are with you all during this time of loss and I hope you all find peace. He seemed like a great person and can't imagine losing my friend, fiance, son, brother or best friend. :( Blessings to you all

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  • Michelle GreggJanuary 16, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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  • Marion SearsJanuary 18, 2014 - 7:46 am

    My heart is with all of you, the family, fiancé, friends and those whose car hit Bryson. My prayers to God through our Lord Jesus Christ are that all will be spiritually and emotionally healed and that God will bring good things out of this tragedy. We are certain that Bryson is now with Jesus, having called on Him for salvation.

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