CRYSTAL NOEL BANDUCCI 1981 - 2013 Crystal Banducci was born June 28, 1981 in Bakersfield and passed away April 21, 2013 in San Diego. She attended Lakeside Elementary School and Ridgeview High School where she played softball and graduated with high Honors. Following high school, she attended San Diego State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree. Crystal loved the outdoors - playing volleyball, camping, sailing, kayaking and backpacking. She enjoyed snowboarding and traveling all over the world with her boyfriend Sunny Falkler-Walker. At one time, she moved to Lake Tahoe to work for a year just to snowboard, then moved back to San Diego. Crystal was driven to help other people in any way she could, and was great at keeping her family in touch, planning visits and activities. Crystal was preceded in death by her mother, Diane Francis; grandfather, Ben Banducci, grandmother, Wanda Idema; two uncles, Bruce Idema and Brian Banducci. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Eric and Cathy Banducci; sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Matthew Bly; grandfather, Orville Idema; grandmother, Isabel Banducci; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Honorary pallbearers will be Crystal's cousins: Derek, Brett, Michael, Vanni and Giancarlo Banducci, Rico Estrada, Teresa Espinosa and Alessandra Banducci. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Crystal's memory may be made to a
. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 900 H Street in Bakersfield, CA. An additional memorial will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Mission Beach, San Diego. A Paddle out and beach flower ceremony will take place beginning at Jamaica Court. Crystal wrote: "my inspirations will drive me to propel myself & humanity to a higher level only if I explore my positive interests & strengths. I love sports: snowboarding, volleyball, softball, running. I love the ocean: boating, kayaking, surfing, swimming, and hopefully someday soon SCUBA diving. I love the outdoors: hiking, backpacking, rafting, tubing, and gardening. I love science: biology, geology, astronomy, and physics. How do I find a focus with all of this?!" DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 24, 2013