Kevin Richard Ebbert 1980-2012
Kevin was born January 23, 1980, and grew up in Arcata, CA. As a boy, he loved backpacking, rafting, drawing and the outdoors. As a young adult, he played Ultimate Frisbee, was an accomplished musician, loved learning and was an avid reader throughout his life. Kevin grew into a caring man who practiced his values, lived by his ideals and was committed to helping others.
Kevin graduated from Arcata High School, received a bachelor’s degree in music from UC Santa Cruz and became an active duty Navy SEAL and corpsman. He hoped to build on his training as a corpsman to pursue a career as a physician helping serve those most in need.
On December 31, 2011, Kevin married Ursula (Jansson) Ebbert, also from Arcata. The couple shared a love of the outdoors, recently purchased their first home in Virginia Beach, VA and enjoyed many family gatherings.
Kevin was killed during combat operations on November 24th, 2012 while on his second combat deployment to Afghanistan as a combat corpsman with SEAL Team Four. Kevin is survived by his wife, Ursula Ebbert, his mother Charlie Jordan and sister Samantha Ebbert Martinez, as well as stepsisters Amy Funk and Kate Renner, stepfather Mark Ritz, mother-in- law Susan Jansson, father-in- law Erik Jansson, and grandfathers Richard Ebbert and James Jordan. He was preceded in death by his father Jeffery Ebbert, a retired Navy SEAL, and both grandmothers, Patricia Ebbert and Marie Jordan Barnes.
Kevin is remembered in many ways, from his family and friends that keep him alive in their hearts to the annual Kevin Ebbert Memorial Events. This is the third year, Kevin 3.0, and it continues to be a celebration of all things Kevin loved (nature, physical challenges, team work, fun) and a tribute to those still serving our country.
The Kevin Events also serve as a fundraising effort for the Kevin Ebbert Memorial Fund, managed by the Humboldt Area Foundation. Last year, 100% of the event proceeds were used for a highway dedication in Kevin’s name. This year and beyond, proceeds will be donated to Kevin’s memorial fund to support grantmaking efforts in four categories:
- MD students studying to be a General Practitioner
- Environmental research and conversation efforts
- Veteran services with a focus on Special Ops Veterans
- Students seeking music degrees or professions
These four areas of focus represent Kevin’s most prominent values and interests. If you would like to make a donation to the Kevin Ebbert Memorial Fund, please click the button below.
- Two Bronze Stars: plus Valor
- Purple Heart
- Navy Commendation
- Navy Achievement
- Combat Action
- Two Good Conduct medals
- Naval Defense Service
- Two Afghan Campaigns
- Global War on Terror
- Two Navy Sea Service medals
- Expert Rifle
- Expert Pistol
- Graduate of 18 Delta Combat Medic Program