Youngstrom Funeral: 'Our Ultimate Hero'

Vacaville funeral is underway for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, killed in an exchange of gunfire Sept. 4 during a routine traffic stop on I-680 in Alamo. Link in here to Patch live blog from the funeral.

Live blog from the Vacaville funeral for CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. It includes audio files of speakers from the funeral.

11:28 a.m.: Storm Youngstrom: "To me, he wasn't only my uncle, he was a hero and a father to me. He would always be there to comfort me."

Storm tells everyone she would like to become a CHP officer.

11:24 a.m.: Niece Storm Youngstrom, and son Alex Youngstrom, share memories of Kenyon with the audience.

11:18 a.m.: Youngstrom's brother Clinton tells the audience that Kenyon had a temper growing up and the family always thought he'd be in the back of a police car and not in front.

The audience laughs.

11:13 a.m.: Officer Tyler Carlton just finished speaking. Emotional speech. His voice was cracking and a round of applause as he ends. Youngstrom's brother is now addressing the crowd.

"He was our brother, our friend, our ultimate hero," he said.

Youngstrom's brother spoke of Kenyon's faith and love for his family. He loved being a CHP officer.

11:02 a.m.: Calhoun said that Kenyon was one of his favorites. A great guy who was always in a good mood.

10:58 a.m.: Retired CHP Capt. Jim Calhoun addresses the audience. Tells them he met Kenyon in 2005 at the academy.

10:46 a.m.: CHP Golden Gate Division Chief Theresa Becker is now addressing the crowd.

10:32 a.m.: The Mission Church in Vacaville is overflowed with mourners at this time. Pastor Phil Foley is leading the invocation. CHP Sgt. Farrow, Contra Costa CHP reads scripture.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," plays while mourners quietly weep. Solemn looks on the faces of mourners.

10:18 a.m. Bagpipes are playing.

10:16 a.m. The church is full. Seating is only available outside. Hearse is there along with mounted officers. Leisure Town Road lined with police on both sides. Color guard is entering church with casket now.

9:58 a.m.: Set for 10 a.m., many continue to arrive in Vacaville for the funeral of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, a resident of Fairfield The funeral is open to the public, but the seating is limited.

9:29 a.m.: Expect delays as officers from all over the state, and as far away as Reno, Nevada, are arriving for the funeral of CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. In addition, delays have been reported along Interstate 80 as the funeral procession makes its way to Vacaville.

ABC7 News has a live video feed from the funeral.


Police officers from as far east as Reno and south as Santa Barbara, Milpitas, San Mateo and Santa Barbara are at The Mission Church on Leisure Town Road in Vacaville. 

The funeral was to start at 10 a.m. but the procession passed through Fairfield and Vacaville earlier this morning. Stay tuned to Patch for updates.

Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 06:04 AM
I will save my praises until there is an official story out there based on the unimpeachable truth. Until then, this is a great tragedy, probably brought on by both great inequities of the times we live in and how some people are forced to live or cope in them vs. those that seem to enforce those inequities on us under the Rule and Cover of Law and Authority. Hopefully we will learn more about these people, especially more about Mr. Lacy and his circumstances and that in time we may learn more about what actually happened there on 680. Just like when Officer Mehserle accidentally discharged his firearm into Mr. Grant at the Fruitvale Station on New Year's Day 2009, we will have to allow time to pass as folks gather up hopefully all of the facts about this case and decide what the next step is, here. Just because a Law Enforcement Officer is involved does not entitle those that back Law Enforcement a "white-washing" of the truth, even before the investigation or even the inquiry has finished and rendered their findings as well as recommendations on what to do next. Until then, I will wait and see what new information comes out.
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 14, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Cali - There's video footage of what occurred. However, folks like yourself have an axe to grind, for whatever reason, so you'll be one of the conspiracy theorists no matter what evidence is presented. Your assertion that any further proof will sway your opinion is disingenuous, at best.
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Thank you for acknowledging that I don't let logic and rationality get in the way. It may show that your view of me and my opinion may have evolved somewhat, but only time may tell on that one. I'm not going to sit here and let the ones who blindly follow what has been told to them, even by so-called "official" sources because of who they are or who they involve. Two people died in this incident. Just so happens that one of them was a CHP Officer. If we are going to show compassion for one, we need to show the same compassion for the other that died, too. Mr. Lacy's family probably also lost a loved member of their family that day, and so did Mr. Lacy's friends and neighbors, who are also wondering what happened here, too. Until we have all of the truth presented before us, we really should not be rushing to judgement.
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I always follow the truth, no matter where it takes me. I'm not going to sit here and blindly follow authority. Instead, I will question it and make sure that the answer I get makes sense and is rational. And from what I have heard and have read, and even driven over at that scene still does not make much sense to me over how two people wound up dead like that. Besides, I also know a few CHP officers myself and interact with them in my dealings in everyday life and what I saw with the folks out of Youngstrom's substation was that they were pretty tight-lipped with anybody who brought up the subject of Officer Youngstrom's death, even when all we wanted to do was express our sympathies and our condolences. To me, all that indicates is that there may be a lot more to this story than is officially being told us and that it is going to take some more time for the entire truth to be told about what actually happened there. And until that happens, I am not going to join the bandwagon of people posting here and elsewhere about how saintly the officer that died was or even pass judgment on the civilian that also died in that incident. As for my derision over the notion of a "revenue stop", that is actually based on my own personal experience here with California Law Enforcement and that those who heed that call seem to take a lot more risks than their Coloradoan counterparts do. If I'm handed a book telling me it's the Gospel doesn't necessarily make it THE Gospel.
Speedie B September 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM
@ Cali - thanks for your long-winded comments, we got your political views in your first two submissions. No need to bore us with the continuous stream of rhetoric. This article was designed as a tribute to a fallen officer and not your forum for unleashing your POV, repeatedly. Start your own blog elsewhere and leave the rest of the space on this article for those who would like to pay their respects to the officer and his family. RIP Officer Youngstrom and prayers to your family and friends for strength to get you through this difficult time.
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
You can always avert your eyes.
David September 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
RIP Officer Youngstrom. Thank you for your dedicated service. You life was taken too soon for no intelligible reason. Your uniformed brothers and sisters will carry on from here and remember and appreciate your sacrifice. Commenters here please show respect for his family during this tragic time.
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
And also show some compassion for the other person that died on that day and that we have a decent investigation and even a board of inquiry out there that will get at all the truth about this stop. And if there is dashboard camera footage out there, may all of it, unabridged, be made available to the public so we can all see what happened and what went wrong. And if Mr. Lacy had video or audio from his side of that incident, we should also see that, too.
Bud Burlison September 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Californicated1 is simply a troll. As is with all trolls, no real name is used.
CJ September 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
BB- Calling Californicated1 a troll is an insult to trolls everywhere. BTW- Some of us have reasons to remain anonymous. The internet allows way too much ability to other to track your activities and statements. QUite frankly I am shocked more people don't understand this. Google yourself sometime. You might be surprised what shows up.
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 05:59 PM
And besides, resorting to name-calling and even labelling basically undermines our impression of the poster that decides to resort to such tactics. Come back at me when you have something of substance to point out.
Speedie B September 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Blah, Blah, Blah, your story is getting really old, Cali. But we all know trolls enjoy getting in the last word, so I'm sure I we will all be hearing again from you.
Patrick Creaven (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
We're all about letting people saying what they think on Patch, but if someone says something stupid, my recommendation to others is to just ignore.
Ralph Hoffmann September 14, 2012 at 07:05 PM
"Californicated." What a clever pseudonym!
Karen September 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
A "revenue stop"? That's a new one to me. If having concealed plates is indeed against the law or a violation, then the officer was right to pull him over. Breaking the law is breaking the law... so why is it wrong for someone to be pulled over for that? I am disgusted and saddened by the lack of compassion and humanity expressed in some posts on this thread. And no, i will not forget Officer Youngstrom's name. And I know I won't be the only one. And 'Californicated' isn't exactly original... Sounds like a rip-off from the TV show 'Californication'... RIP Officer Youngstrom.
Californicated1 September 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM
"Breaking the law is breaking the law", spoken like somebody who may have worked an oven over at Auschwitz or reported on the neighbors who hid Anne Frank's family in the attic. Sorry, but it's just a minor infraction and there was probably nothing else wrong there unless that motorist was doing something that was an obvious threat to traffic and safety, which a "concealed tag" is not. As for my moniker, it actually comes from a bumper sticker in my homeland from the mid-1980s--"Don't Californicate Colorado!". And besides, "Californication" was actually used by the Red Hot Chili Peppers for both a song and an album back in 1999 if I remember right. And then there was Tom Kapinos out there writing down his ideas for a show loosely based on his experiences as a screenwriter from New York who moves down to Los Angeles to write for "Dawson's Creek". That show became "Californication" on Showtime in 2007. Besides, my people have a term for most outlanders who settle in the Front Range, especially from California, but I've heard it applied to most carpetbaggers--"the Californicates". It's a politely derisive term, especially applied to how one drives in Colorado, especially with California plates on their car. And over black ice, hopefully these folks remember to steer into the skid to regain control of the vehicle.
Karen September 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Oh, I should have realized before my last post, as a friend used to say "Never argue with a fool because if someone else walks in, they can't tell the difference." Worked the ovens at Auschwitz? Wow! Nice! Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
Californicated1 September 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
And that notion came to you just now? And mommy when she was alive, was a lot more intimidating to the people who sparred with her. All those years being a High School English Teacher sharpened her skills and her wit. I only aspire to be half that good.
Miles VanBuren September 15, 2012 at 02:27 AM
@californicated~ your 15 minutes of LAME is up!
Hercules Resident September 15, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Fornicator, this is for you. You have made several inappropriate and inaccurate statements that demonstrate your ignorance. You need to be more educated. In reference to the car stop for obstructed license plates, you stated "its just a minor infraction and there probably was nothing else wrong there." Well there was something else wrong there, Lacy was illegally in possession of a loaded firearm. Contrary to what you might think, police officers do not get excited about writing obstructed plate tickets. However, these stops just might lead to other things that are much more productive. You do not have the right to question and are not qualified to choose what vehicle code infractions are worthy of police attention. If you want to do that I suggest you find some courage, put on a uniform and try it. You mention the other person that died that day deserves compassion and you have an issue with people deifying officer Youngstrom. Peolple are not deifying officer Youngstrom, they are simply recognizing his sacrifice and treating him like the true hero he is. Officer Youngstrom was shot and killed by Lacy. Lacy is a murderer and deserves no compassion. Officer Youngstrom and his partner probably saved lives that day by making sure Lacy is not here anymore to endanger anyone. Officer Youngstrom also saved four lives by donating his organs. He is a true hero and made the ultimate sacrifice and that is why people are saluting him.
Californicated1 September 15, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I have put on several uniforms over my lifetime, including a US Army Uniform and after college, even sought out the uniform of several police departments, so none of that "macho BS" is going to work, here. In the end, they are still jobs, where applicants are tested and hired, as well as fired. Nothing special about Law Enforcement other than they work as Law Enforcement. Sorry, but in times like these where you even have cities, counties and state governments leaning on the tickets that Law Enforcement writes to increase the amount of money in their coffers, those wearing the uniform of Law Enforcement can only be trusted so far. Sometimes us chickens also have to watch the henhouse to ensure that the foxes assigned to watch over the henhouse are doing their jobs correctly. And as the Chris Butler case showed us recently in the very same County where Hercules is situated, not enough people out there were watching what their Law Enforcement community was doing and how it was co-opted by somebody in that community that "went rogue" and exploited his relationship with that community, both at the county and local levels, to do his and his clients' bidding for them. And even the whistleblower got fired. The plain truth is, we don't exactly know who our Law Enforcement personnel really are in California and whether or not they are of the highest quality and calibre, both in people and in character to the point that we have to question who is pulling us over and why.
David Holden September 15, 2012 at 03:53 AM
"and after college, even sought out the uniform of several police departments" = Bounced for psych reasons?
Joseph Catindig September 15, 2012 at 04:21 AM
probably got booted of the force for not writing enough tickets so he won't be in any harm s way.
Hercules Resident September 15, 2012 at 04:34 AM
You need to stick to the point. Bringing up completely unrelated issues and ticket revenue has nothing to do with the tragedy that occurred. The fact that you try to involve them in the same conversation makes you an idiot. No agency, business, corporation, to include police departments are immune from bad eggs. It happens. This is the exception and not the norm. To judge others based on the miscues of a misguided few is irrational. There was a shooting at Ft. Hood in 2009, shooter was in the Army. Maybe you heard of it. You stated you wore an Army uniform, are you an armed psychopath that we should be worried about. Please, get real kid. You can question law enforcement all you want, the fact of the matter is an officer that was doing everything right lost his life. A murderer left a woman without her husband and children without their father. And you try to bring up a corrupt cop in contra costa and say we should question what cops do. Do us all a favor and go back to Colorado and play on the black ice. And by the way, seeking out a uniform isnt the same as wearing one. No more responses from me, you are a waste of time and space. RIP Officer Youngstrom, you are a hero and will not be forgotten.
sandy shafi September 15, 2012 at 06:15 AM
thank you for attempting to enlighten Cali! And, any mother would have disowned a bastard like like that some time ago. In fact, that is probably was drives his ignorant comments. just one more thing to say: more than 4 lives were saved that day as Mr. Lacy likely wasn't carrying a loaded gun, two loaded clips and a knife for no reason. what are the chances that he was on his way to make his intentions clear. If not for those two officers, we may have had many more than two brave men buried as a result. take you head out of your self justified ass, Cali! And, tell us how that pathetic rhetoric you throw out works for you, eh?
Carson September 15, 2012 at 06:56 AM
This is my last post and last visit here on the Patch. I`m sick to my stomach for the disregard of human life regarding this police officer/husband/father of 4. The comments allowed here would be rejected by tabloids mags. I hoped the Patch would have higher standards. The hatred and bashing of police and firefighters in numerous threads is beyond the pale. I`ll never mind a civil discussion of topics but the reeking, puss brained infectious comments that is allowed here only makes me cringe with anger.......so I am out.
Truth Seeker September 15, 2012 at 09:14 AM
I bet this was another Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) event.These events and excercises happen all over the country to brainwash and condition our society into thinking a certain way to pass laws and legislation so they can control us. What's really going on? The government gives grants and money to our police and fire departments and hospitals to make and playout these fake events. Look up and search HSEEP. 911 was a big HSEEP event. This event is starting to look more like one.
Kendall Schmidt September 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
And this is precisely what is wrong with patch. A forum for people using fake names to lob petty jabs back and forth with each other. A police officer really died in the line of duty and real people came to pay their respects. Here fake people have unreal conversations, it is pathetic, especially in a story like this. I'm done reading patch.
Miles VanBuren September 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Wow someone woke up on the wrong side of the First Amendment! I hear there are great "tabloid mags" in China you might want to check out.
David Mills (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Hello, all: We are cutting off comments on this story. Everyone appears to have had their say. We try to keep the Patch forums open for everyone in the community to use no matter what their opinion. Unfortunately, on this article, there appears to be at least one person using it to simply anger and incite people.


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