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Neil Reed
Neil Reed, 36, passed away suddenly Thursday morning, July 26, at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. He was surrounded by his family and many close friends.
Neil will be remembered as a wonderful son and brother, devoted husband, adoring father and faithful friend. Neil was born in Hot Springs, Ark., on November 29,1975. From the moment he could dribble a basketball, Neil developed a passion for the game. When he graduated from East Jefferson High School in Metairie, LA, in 1994 and awarded the honor of MacDonald's All-American, he went on to fulfill a dream and played college ball at Indiana University. He was a Hoosier from 1995-1997 and then transferred to Southern Mississippi as an Academic All-American with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. After college, he found his way to Los Angeles, CA, in 2001, where he met the love of his life, Kelly. They married in 2004 and had two beautiful daughters. He continued his graduate education at Chapman University and obtained his Master's Degree in Art of Teaching in 2006. Neil was very involved with sports and loved to share his talents and knowledge with others. His students loved him as a leader. He was known as a favorite teacher on campus. On any given day off, Neil could be found on the golf course with some of his buddies. Neil was known and will be remembered for his great sense of humor, deep love for his family, his loyalty, and as a friend to all.
He is survived by his wife Kelly and two daughters; his parents, Terry and Patricia Reed; sister Michelle Williams and brother-in-law Zach Williams; three nieces and three nephews; grandmother, Alberta Dawes; in-laws Ken and Jan Fisher and Scott and Rebecca Cramer, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
To honor his memory, contributions can be made to The Neil Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund, Pioneer Valley High School, 675 Panther Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454
A memorial service to celebrate Neil's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 29th, at Blacklake Golf Resort, 1490 Golf Course Lane, Nipomo.

This obituary was originally published in the Santa Maria Times.
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Published online on July 29, 2012 courtesy of Santa Maria Times.

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