September 16, 1985 ~ November 16, 2001
Ryan shared his life with his father Ronald and stepmother Anita in Manhattan Beach, CA and his mother Dawn and stepfather Michael in Kirkland, WA. As an accomplished athlete Ryan excelled in baseball, soccer, water polo, snow and skate boarding. His adventurous spirit dreamed of someday trying other sports such as kayaking, bungee jumping and skydiving. Academically, Ryan excelled as a 4.0 student and recently passed his high school exit exam as a sophomore at Mira Costa High School. Ryan's generous heart offered us all a warm and welcoming smile, abundant hugs and an unyielding love. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to: Ryan King Memorial Scholarship Fund Mira Costa PTSA 701 S. Peck Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Or to the charity of your choice.
My name is Tim Hageman. I am a police officer for the city of Manhattan Beach. I met Ryan when he was in 7th grade at MBMS. I was assigned to the juvenile division in the detective bureau as the School Resource Officer (SRO). Since the day that I met Ryan, he always had a smile on his face. I knew that it was a genuine one. He was always very polite and at times went out of his way to say hi. A lot of tiems, kids were hesitant to say hi even though they may have wanted to. Maybe it wasn\’t the “in thing” to say hi to the police officer. Not Ryan. He always caught my attention. When Ryan was in the 7th grade, the cheerleaders from Mira Costa visited MBMS. Ryan and his friends were very impressed with them. As a joke I suggested to him that he become a cheerleader so that he could be friends with these girls. At times when Ryan and I would talk, he would say, “Next year I\’m going to become a cheerleader.” It was an inside joke between the two of us. I\’m no longer the SRO. I\’m back on patrol. Even while in my patrol car, Ryan would stop and say hi when I was downtown. Believe me when I say that it made my day. I really miss Ryan. I am proud to be his friend. If anyone in the family needs assistance with anything, please do not hesitate to call me at the MBPD. Tim Hageman
First of all, my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan. A question to the parents: Did Ryan go to preschool when he was two at Cuesta Children\’s Center on Isis in Hawthorne?