Family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil tonight, a wake Friday and a funeral Saturday to celebrate the life of Pleasanton resident Kyle Manning, 23, who died unexpectedly Sunday in his sleep.
The candlelight vigil will take place at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the grotto at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. Friends are asked to bring candles and lighters. Dress is casual but everyone is asked to wear red in honor of his college, Arizona State, and the 49ers.
People can bring photos for a display board or messages on index cards. The floor will be open to speeches, limited to one or two minutes.
Kyle Manning was born April 12, 1987. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 2005 and from Arizona State in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in business. He recently moved to Sacramento where he was employed as an Associate Application Consultant.
He was known for his knowledge and expertise with computer technology. His family and friends knew him as "The Professor." He was known by his family as its "Love Bug," always having a smile, hugs and kisses for the girls, and a smile, handshake and hug for his buddies.
He is survived by his parents Stephen and Mary Ann; siblings Kristie, Karie and Ryan; his grandmother Midge; and uncles, aunts and cousins. He is also survived by his friend, Allison Bertea.
Besides the vigil tonight, a gathering will be held for friends and family to share their memories and thoughts from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St. in Pleasanton. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. in Pleasanton.
Donations may be made to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation.