Memorial planned for motorcycle accident victim

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A memorial service will be held Nov. 2 for Seve Mamula, a 21-year-old Auburn man killed Thursday evening in a motorcycle accident at the Bell Road-Highway 49 intersection in North Auburn. Mamula was on his way from work in Grass Valley when the accident occurred, his father, Mark Mamula said Sunday. The younger Mamula had been riding a motorcycle since last April – a Honda 250 dual sport – and was described by his father as “an exceedingly cautious driver.” “He had great respect for motorcycling,” Mark Mamula said. The California Highway Patrol was still investigating the cause of a collision between Mamula’s motorcycle and a car at the intersection at 6:48 p.m. Mamula died at the scene of the crash. The name of the car driver had not been released Sunday. The Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses who may have seen the accident, said Officer Mark Williams. “Seve was an absolutely beautiful spirit – people who knew him loved him,” Mark Mamula said. Seve Andrew Mamula was born Aug. 20, 1987, in Redwood City. He moved with his family from nearby San Carlos in 1988 to North Auburn and attended Forest Lake Christian School. In Auburn, he had been an honors student at the school, a most valuable swimmer with the Auburn Sharks swim team, a classically trained pianist, and an artist who created museum quality work, his father said. After learning German, he spent a year while in the 10th grade as an exchange student in that country. Mamula was also a tournament disc-golf player and his father said plans are to erect plaques at courses he played. The memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Auburn Grace Community Church. Memorial donations in Seve’s name and in lieu of flowers may be made to the Auburn Grace Community Church. Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley is in charge of arrangements. At the time of his death, Mamula was working at two job, All Aquatics tropical fish and Ag Naturals hydro gardening, both in Grass Valley. Besides his father, Seve Mamula is survived by his mother, Elle, and brothers Nick, Curtis and Maxx. He was predeceased by his sister, April Star. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at