Licking Valley's Cody Ryan drives around Johnstown's Blake Colopy during the District 11 All-Star game at Northridge in this file photo.

Licking Valley basketball alum, Marine dies in crash at 33 – Car Accident

Loved ones are remembering the life of a Newark native after he was killed in a crash in California last week.

According to a GoFundMe page established to benefit his family, 33-year-old Cody Ryan died Saturday in a crash.

Ryan was a 2007 graduate of Licking Valley High School and according to the school’s basketball team, a standout basketball player for the district.

His obituary said he served in the United States Marines from 2008 until earlier this year. During his service, he was stationed at multiple military bases and served on multiple deployments. He also served with the Marine Corps Special Operations Command and most recently deployed to Iraq.

Licking Valley's Cody Ryan drives around Johnstown's Blake Colopy during the District 11 All-Star game at Northridge in this file photo.

In a Facebook post by the Licking Valley basketball program, Ryan was described as “larger than life” and a fearless competitor. The post shared Ryan led the Panthers to a Mid-State League-Ohio Division championship in 2007 when he hit the game-winning shot with seconds remaining on the clock.

Friend and MARSOC teammate Christopher Nicol described Ryan as extremely funny, with a big personality and huge heart.