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September 23, 1984 March 16, 2010
Andrew James "Andy" Mortimore was born in Reno on a warm autumn day in 1984. He carried that warmth throughout his life, sharing it with family and friends, acquaintances and strangers. His light was extinguished far too early as his life passed on March 16, 2010. As springtime approaches with its promise of miracles and productivity, the springtime of Andy's life will have to play out amidst the gentle embrace of the Lord.
He was the cherished son of parents Diane Prendergast and Craig Mortimore,and their respective spouses Tom and Suzette. He leaves behind his devoted sister Megan, who will miss her brother every day. Step-sisters Chantal Rendon and Angelique Lotz and Kalli and Katrina Prendergast and stepbrothers Jay and Sean Prendergast all did not have the fortune to grow up with the cheerful and mischievous lad that Andy was. He was a schoolboy in Yerington, where he learned to catch lizards and snakes, swim in a pond and scrape his knees on the ball field. He learned to hunt and fish with his dad, grandfathers, uncles and a host of their friends, all mentoring the young man in the ways of the outdoors.
His family moved to the Truckee Meadows as he entered his teen years and he attended Reed High School, graduating with the Class of 2002. He favored the creative side of his intelligence; drawing and writing were preferred over structured academics. His artistry was not limited to visual media either, as he was drawn to the culinary profession - cultivating talents inherited from his mother. He completed a course of study at the Le Cordon Bleu campus in Portland, OR and worked at several fine restaurants in Reno and Sparks.
Our beloved Andy also leaves behind grandparents Jesse and Donna James of Reno and Jim and Sheila Mortimore of Verdi. His uncles and aunts are John and Linda Anderson, Scott and Jane Mortimore and Kirk and Cindy Mortimore - all of Reno; and Jeff Mortimore of Klamath Falls, OR. He grew up in a loving and active family and his numerous cousins of Nevada and Oregon will think back fondly on the fun they had together at the Coast, in the hills and marsh and amidst the attractions of Disneyland where the gatekeepers practically knew him and Megan by name. His nieces Mia and Ennisha will not grow up knowing him, but his spirit will live inside them and the generation of our families yet to come. We will see to it that they experience many of the same wonders that Andy did.
Pastor Joe Taylor will comfort us in a memorial service at the South Reno Baptist Church at 6780 South McCarran Boulevard in Reno at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 20th.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 19, 2010