An estimated 750 people, including family members, friends, fellow motorcycle riders and area dignitaries, were in attendance when Brandon E. Smith, son of Hesperia Councilman Thurston "Smitty" Smith and his wife Margaret, was laid to rest last Saturday at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley.

Smith died on Aug. 24 while competing in the Vegas to Reno motorcycle race.

Smith, 19, was remembered as a young man of kindness, honor, love, ambition and enthusiasm.

"He was all those things and more," his parents wrote in a eulogy read at the service. "He lived his life to the fullest."

"What I will miss most is Brandon's zest for life," said the mother of Smith's longtime girlfriend Jennyfer Carlson. "We knew Jenny and Brandon belonged together. They were soulmates," she added.

Besides his devotion to family and friends, Smith was remembered as a man dedicated to motorcycle riding.

"Brandon loved motorcycles," according to his parents. "Riding is what he loved. It was his passion."

A 2006 graduate of Sultana High School, Smith had worked alongside his father in the family's concrete pumping business for years.

"By the time he was 12 years old he could operate a [concrete] pump by himself. He was my best operator."

Most importantly, according to several who shared, Smith's presence made a difference.
"He was one of those who made the world a great place," Kurt Carlson said.

According to the eulogy prepared by his parents, "Brandon was a true angel from heaven."