Templeton student 'Stevie' Pahler is mourned at high school

Tribune photo by Jayson Mellom

Students at Templeton High School gathered at lunchtime Tuesday to remember freshman Stetson “Stevie” Pahler, 14, who died Saturday in a dirt bike accident.

Described by friends as positive, hard-working and kind, Pahler was the youngest of five children.

Pahler was driving the bike about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at an unknown speed along a trail near Inyokern in eastern Kern County when the front tire struck a steep bump and he was thrown from the bike, the CHP report said. He was taken by helicopter to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Students, led by the associated student body group, will spend the week writing down thoughts and remembrances of Pahler to bind in a scrapbook for his family.

“A lot of people will describe someone as not having a mean bone in their body, and we all know that everyone does have a few,” said Adam Weatherby, youth pastor at Atascadero Bible Church. “But Stevie didn’t have as many as the rest of us. He was an awesome kid.”