It’s with much pain that I am writing the obituary of a friend that has passed from life far to early. Freestyle motocross rider Adam Pierce died Saturday night from trauma caused in a car wreck in his home town of Bakersfield, CA.
With tears in my eyes I write these words about a kid who went from talented dirt biker to X-Games qualifier as easily as he hung with his boys and had the times of his short life. To know Adam was to know a somewhat troubled youth who had many talents and dreams. Yes he would spend some time partying with his friends but he also knew the gift he was given, the gift of dirt bike ability. It was these two wheeled talents that brought Adam to yours and millions of others living rooms and let you know who “The Highlighter” was.
I remember like it was yesterday when Adam won an X-Games qualifier in step up and when he made the freestyle final in his home town of “Bako”. Adam loved to ride dirt bikes and riding them for the fans made him as happy as anything.
Adam was one to remember for more than his riding though, it was times when he would try and secure tickets to shows for his family and friends or when he went the extra yard to get Bako Josh in an event that let you know the kindness in his heart and who he really was.
Adam had an extended family of dirt bikers but none closer than his buddies in the Metal Mulisha. In life he rode and hung out with Deegs, Link, Twitch, Faisst, and Colin and with his passing those memories and days on the bike with Adam will leave them wondering and feeling lost like his boys Tim and Josh in Bakersfield.
Although he wasn’t a mini bike racer his family was often there at the events. His dad supportive and his brother the biggest fan, he always had people in his corner regardless of if they were family or friends.
The saddest part may not be Adams passing or the people he leaves behind, but it may be the person he never meets that will weight our hearts the most. Adam will be a father some five months after his passing. His girlfriend pregnant and facing trying times at best for a couple will have to do it without Adam. I hope we can all get together and support his child to be as a fund has been set up in their name.
It is with great pain I say goodbye to Adam as sorrow fills my body and all those who knew and loved him. It is never easy to send off a friend way before their time but I’m sure if there is a Bako, an Ocotillo, or a motocross track in Heaven then Adam is roosting hard and smiling big as he takes off his helmet to reveal his yellow/green hair that had become synonymous with his “Highlighter” character as he passes through the pearly gates.
God speed my friend.
Donations are requested for Adams services and the forming of his child’s trust fund. All will be greatly appreciated and should be made out in the name of Ron Pierce and sent to:
The Pierce Family10915 Martingale Dr.Bakersfield, Ca. 93312
Thank you,Cameron Steele