2012-03-15 / Front Page

Snowboarding accident claims Stanners

Jill Ballinger

 A tragic snowboarding accident at China Peak on Sunday claimed the life of Kynan Stanners, 30, a 1999 graduate of Mariposa County High School and CAL FIRE firefighter.

Fresno County Deputy Coroner Kelly Wiefel confirmed Stanners' identity just moments ago. She said his death appears to "nothing but a tragic accident." She said his fiancé was with him and had reported him missing, but another skier found him shortly thereafter.

Resort officials said on Sunday that Stanners had been riding alone on one of the slopes when he fell head-first into deep snow and suffocated. Deputy Wiefel said her office was conducting an autopsy today.

Stanners was a popular and involved student at MCHS. He played football, basketball, golf and baseball and was named homecoming king as a senior. He was currently living in the Bass Lake area.


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I happen to be one of the

I happen to be one of the last instructors to train Kynan at a FF Survival class on Friday in Visalia before his death. In the short time we spent together he was a great guy and skilled firefighter. We were shocked and our thoughts and prayers go out to his fiancee, family, and fire family. Rest in peace Brother.

Fireman Kynan Stanners. A

Fireman Kynan Stanners. A Firemans FIREMAN. Its been a pleasure fighting fire with you, and even a bigger pleasure having you as a friend. Youll always be on the rig with us. Never be forgotten, And surely be missed. Thanks for all the good times, Laughs and HARD WORK. Prayers go out for you and your family. Watch over your family and your FD family. Ill see you on the other side someday bro.

Kynan you have been my best

Kynan you have been my best friend since elementary school. We never lost contact when you moved to Mariposa or when I moved to Australia. I have so many great memories of you. You will never be forgotten! This is not goodbye, this is only see you later! I love you brother! See you in heaven someday!

I didn't know you very well

I didn't know you very well in school, however it is always heart breaking to lose someone. You were a great friend, who made a big impact on many people. You will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family.

So sad to hear your gone when

So sad to hear your gone when I just was getting to know you. Hey you have a load of family up in heaven welcoming you with open arms. Give Grandma Edith and My dad a kiss from me!

Kynan, you were such a

Kynan, you were such a wonderful, caring and thoughtful person. You are another angel watching over us. Many prayers and blessings to the Stanners Family.

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