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Lake of the Pines stabbing victim a plumber who lived life “full throttle”

Celebration of life in Petaluma may be followed by another in Lake of the Pines
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - As the family of Lake of the Pines stabbing victim Ryan Roth was planning a service to say goodbye Saturday, more details were emerging about a man whose life was cut short by what authorities are saying is murder. A picture emerges of a Petaluma native, father and plumbing contractor, who lived life with a passion. Roth, 33, was slain Feb. 22 in an early morning stabbing attack at his rented home in the gated South Nevada County community. Authorities said that witnesses described him dying after trying to disarm a man waving a knife and acting erratically. His friend, 24-year-old Branden Riddle-Terrel, is behind bars in Nevada County charged with a single count of murder. Riddle-Terrel, a Petaluma resident, led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit that ended in Elk Grove. Roth, also known as Ryan Roth-Ielmorini, was described by family members as someone who approached all things with a child-like enthusiasm. “Ryan loved life and lived it full throttle,” his older brother Scott Gibbs said. “He was the kind of guy, like Evil Kneivel, who went off the ramp and then figured out how to land on the way down.” Friends and family were to attend a service Saturday in Petaluma followed by a celebration of Roth’s life later in the day. Gibbs said a similar celebration of life is being planned for Lake of the Pines. Roth was the youngest of six children born and raised in Petaluma. He grew up idolizing his older brother and was street smart beyond his years, Gibbs said. “He was always diving headfirst into the next wild adventure,” said a statement from the family. “Whether as a plumbing contractor, Harley rider, dirt-bike rider, wake-boarder, snow-boarder or horticulturalist, Ryan approached all things with a childlike enthusiasm and passion.” Roth was the father of two sons, Chase, 8, and Rafe, 6. A trust fund has been set up for the two boys at Chase Bank in Petaluma. “His kids were his biggest emphasis in his life,” Gibbs said. “And he brightened up people’s lives wherever he went.” Roth moved to Lake of the Pines to help his mother, Geri Ielmorini, a nearby Lake of the Pines resident, Gibbs said. “He loved it up there,” Gibbs said. Lt. John Kropp of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that an indoor marijuana grow was discovered in the garage of Roth’s home that had the proper state-required approvals under Prop. 215. Riddle-Terrel is being incarcerated on a no-bail hold. Gibbs said Riddle-Terrel and Roth were both part of longtime families in Petaluma and had been friends for about two to three years.