Friends of Erik Onorato: Share Your Thoughts

The Mountain View resident loved to spend time hiking and volunteered with the Mid Peninsula Open Space District.

On monday night a by a pickup truck as he cross N. Shoreline Boulevard at Wright Avenue.

His name was Erik Onorato. He was 26 years old.

A friend reached out to Mountain View Patch and shared this photo and these thoughts. Did you know Erik? Feel free to use this space for an online memorial. Share your feelings and memories of him. If you have photos that show him in his element, feel free to add those too.

Ashley Johnson

I think this is a good photo that shows him in an environment that he loved. This picture was taken up in Shasta County on the way up to Horse Camp, the base camp before you climb up to Mount Shasta.

This has been so hard because it was so sudden. You never expect anything like this to happen. He was such a happy person, always smiling and he was so talented and so excited about life. He volunteered a lot with the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District. I met him through my friend Rob and volunteered with him often. He also was an avid pilot and loved being up in the air.

Rob Fata

I knew him through a mutual friend and he was a kind and energetic person. He and I would go camping every year, like to Lake Siskiyou and Big Basin. I knew Erik for five years. This news has been terrible. One memory I have was when we had a giant cacatau loose in my laundry room and I had to call Erik to help me. He came over in 30 minutes. Somehow Erik very calmly walked the bird back into its cage and contain the situation.

What will you remember about Erik? Leave comments and add photos.

Karina Rasmussen April 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Words can't describe how much I miss you! You gave me so much and made me so happy, I can't even thank you enough for that. I miss you, baby! and I will always love you! Love Karina
Rachel April 13, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Erik Onorato was an incredible person. There is literally nothing bad that can be said of him. He was one of the most gentle hearted people I have ever known and although we lost touch a few years ago, it is still heart breaking to know that he is no longer walking among us. When he had something on his mind, or was upset about something, or even when he simply had a few hours to spend, he would bike to the airport and just sit for hours watching the planes take off and land. I find comfort in knowing that he can watch them not only take off and land, but that he can watch them fly now, always. I have been and will continue to pray for his family Debbie, Greg, Ryan and Jarod. I know that nobody can possibly imagine what you guys are going through and I will never be able to express how sorry I am for the beautiful person you, and the rest of this world, has lost. Just know that he loved you with all of himself. There was a time when he told me how grateful he was for the amazing mother and father he had, and that he wanted nothing more than for his brothers to be happy and to know that he loved them. Rest in peace Erik...you will be so greatly missed...
Libby Rouan April 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Such a tragedy. I volunteered on a few MROSD projects with Erik. Didn't know him well, but I always appreciated the comraderie and good spirit he brought to the group. I pray he rests in peace...somewhere in the mountains, on the trails...
Paul Bartz April 17, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Victoria and I first met Erik on a volunteer service project with the Open Space District. I liked him immediately, and noticed his sincerity and kind nature. We'll miss Erik a lot, and send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Stephen E. Abbors April 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Dear Ms. Onorato – The hearts of all of us here at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District go out to you and to your family for your tragic loss. Erik had been with us as a Preserve Partner volunteer for several years working on resource management and trail restoration projects. He helped us protect the environment and gave back to his community and for that we are grateful and we will miss him greatly. I would also like you to know that the spirit he brought to the District and the example he set for others will remain with us for all time. With deepest sympathy, Stephen E. Abbors General Manager Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District


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