A Celebration of Life

Jantz Grodzicki

April 24, 1996–November 26, 2012

It’s been more than a year since our precious son passed away. Jantz Grodzicki died in Gainesville, FL, on Nov. 26, 2012. He was racing motocross in the 41st Annual Thor Winter Olympics in Alachua, Florida. This is a day that thousands of people here in Scripps Ranch, across the country, and around the world will never forget. More than 25,000 people “liked” a Facebook page started to pray for Jantz just after the accident.

Jantz was an exceptional and extraordinary young man. Through his life he was able to touch so many people in so many ways. Through his passing he has left a legacy of kindness, warmth, and competitive spirit to always do the best you can for yourself and for others.

In 2013 at the 42nd Annual Thor Winter Olympics they awarded a rider the “Jantz Grodzicki Diamond Award.” The Diamond Award (pictured below left) recognized an individual who exemplified Jantz’s love and dedication to the sport of motocross. This award was presented to a rider who created a positive impact, was humble, acted as a role model for others, and represented his sponsors well. They were looking for that one-of-a-kind rider …the “Diamond in the Rough”!

At motocross tracks around the country, thousands of people released red balloons in Jantz’s honor on November 26, 2013. They released 96—his racing number—red balloons at Gatorback Cycle Park during this year’s Thor Winter Olympics.

In San Diego we held a “Celebration of Life” for Jantz at El Camino Memorial. More than 100 of Jantz’s friends, family, and teachers gathered to hear Pastor Jack Hopkins from Spring Canyon Church give his word and memory of Jantz.

We celebrated by serving everyone IN-N-OUT burgers—Jantz’s favorite food—and remembering all the great times we shared with him. At 12:56 pm, the time Jantz passed, we released 96 red balloons as Shine Bright like a Diamond played in the background.

This has been a very difficult year for us. With the continued support from the Scripps Ranch community, family, and friends, we have been able to get through this first year. Jantz challenged life every day in living, and in passing he has challenged death head on. His legacy will live on and will never be forgotten. We love you, Jantz! JG96 forever!

Lisa Grodzicki, Jantz’s Mom