Zachariah Michael Began, forever known as Zack, age 22, of Camarillo, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Zack was born in Ventura on Feb. 22, 1992, to Michael and Karen Began. He graduated from Rio Mesa High School and went on to attend UC Davis. He was working on double bachelor of science degrees in exercise biology and in neurobiology, physiology and behavior.
Zack was a lover of many things; on finding a new interest, he went all-out to master it. In high school, he competed in water polo, wrestling and swimming and was co-captain of the water polo team during his senior year. Additionally, he was an avid, accomplished wakeboarder. He was interested in mechanical projects, including upgrading cars, customizing paintball guns, and recently, customizing bicycles.
He still has a popular video on PBNation.com describing a paintball gun upgrade that he devised. He loved music of all genres and could name a song after listening for less than a minute. In college, he tried his hand at being a DJ and loved to attend concerts. Most of all, Zack spread his love to everyone around him. Whether delivering a witty joke or a sincere compliment, Zack understood what each person needed, and he loved everyone with his huge heart.
Zack endured more medical challenges than most people experience in a lifetime. This past year was especially difficult for Zack, with multiple surgeries, numerous doctor appointments and excruciating pain. However, he was consistently optimistic and was never bogged down by these problems. Now, he is resting free of all pain and appointments.
Zack is survived by his parents, Mike and Karen; sister Alicia; puppy Ziggy; grandparents Papa Bob, Linda, Grandma Jane, and Grandma and Grandpa Christensen; as well as aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He has joined Grandpa Bill, Grandma Peggy, cousin Sean, Great-Grandma Thomas and Papa Sage in heaven.
Zack’s wonderful spirit, love of everyone around him, and infectious optimism will be celebrated at a 1 p.m. service on Saturday, June 7, at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park (2052 Howard Road in Camarillo) and his interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a contribution to Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) for the Zachariah Began Memorial Scholarship.