Kevin Thomas Koelewyn

March 26, 1966November 4, 2018

Kevin Thomas Koelewyn, 52 passed away on November 4, 2018 suddenly in Indianapolis, Indiana while attending a FFA Conference.

Kevin was born on March 26, 1966 in Hanford, California to Thomas "Tommy" & Sharon Koelewyn.

Kevin, first and foremost, loved his God with everything in him.

He cherished and deeply loved his wife, children, parents and family. He was an extremely goal oriented and hard worker. He was a phenomenal Agricultural teacher, and connected with students in a way that most teachers cannot. People clung to every word Kevin spoke. He was a fabulous public speaking coach to his students and other students in the nation. He was intelligent, practical, funny, sarcastic, and tenderhearted toward people. He loved helping people move toward their potential. He will be fiercely missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

His loving wife will miss Kevin the most for his strong presence in every aspect. "I'll miss his voice, his protection, his jokes, and his God centered and common sense approach to everything".

The support from the community, as it continues, has been overwhelming. The outpouring of love has sustained the family as they fumble through life without our Kevin. They're realizing just how many lives Kevin truly impacted while on this earth, and even after going home to be with his Lord.

Madilyn "Madi" 21 years old and a senior at Fresno State, is heart-broken and misses her dad. But, has the hope in that she will be with him again in eternity. She has learned well from her dad to be strong and approach life with common sense and hard work. She is focused on continuing to make her dad proud.

Audra 18 years old and a senior in high school, misses her dad and loves to tell stories about his humor and antics. She is tenderhearted toward people, like her dad. She, too, knows that this is not the end, but the beginning for him and we will join him one day when we are called home to Heaven. This is her great faith.

Kaleb 11 years old and in 5th grade, is stoic. He misses his dad and baseball coach. His mom sees that he is trying to process what has happened and he has a huge support group that is watching over him constantly. He knows dad is in Heaven and we will all be with him for eternity when Jesus calls us home.

This time on earth is for a blink of the eye compared to eternity. This is our faith and hope in Jesus, and we know it to be truth.


  • Thomas "Tommy" Duane Koelewyn, Father
  • Sharon Jean Koelewyn, Mother
  • Catherine "Cathy" Rose Koelewyn, Wife
  • Madilyn "Madi" Koelewyn, Daughter
  • Audra Koelewyn, Daughter
  • Kaleb Koelewyn, Son
  • Kristin & Daryl VanderVeen, Sister
  • Rick Machado, Father-in-law
  • Phyllis Machado, Mother-in-law
  • 3 Nieces and Nephews also will miss him.


  • Celebration of Kevin's Life Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kevin Thomas Koelewyn

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Carrie Brinkley

November 15, 2018

I met Kevin threw my brother Jamie Jim Lunstad his Ag teacher. He help teach my children Jason and Jennifer Brinkley how to clip and block their lambs. He also gave a field day out on our ranch to our sheep club members. He taught them all allot and well.
When my brother passed in 2000 his words to me truly touched my heart and soul. I will never forget what he shared with me.
There are no words to ease your loss. But I do know God will guide you in the days,weeks and years to come. Without my faith I would be loss.
Continue talking about Kevin his jokes, life lessons ects.
Talk to his grandchildren when they arrive they will know him threw your eyes. When I loss my first brother Jakie in 1966 at 17 I shared stories with my children and now with my grandchildren about both of them.
My heart is heavy . I continue to say a rosary every day for your family.
If there is anything I can do I am here.
God Be With all of you.✝️❤️🙏🏻

Angela Stockwell

November 14, 2018

I had the pleasure of Mr. Koelewyn as an ag teacher for two years. I was new to California and agriculture in general. I was a strong willed Georgia girl who he took right under his wing. He taught me the Creed and I made it all the way to state. He taught me so many things about life and he always made me believe in myself. He always talked about his girls and his wife. I will always remember him as a great man. I will be praying for your family.
Angela Witherspoon Stockwell

Breanna Azevedo

November 11, 2018

Mr koelewyn was the best teacher that I revived starting the new school year as a freshman. He understood us in many ways not only as a teacher but as a friend. He has taught me many many things in a short amount of time and I think him greatly for that. Now that Mr Koelewyn is sadly gone I know that he is looking over us and expecting us to continue to achieve our goals. Forever missed but never forgotten.
-Breanna Azevedo

Gino Farinelli

November 9, 2018

Our loss is heaven's gain. See you in eternity. With much respect and condolences to the family and all who were influenced by this great man~~Fellow Ag. Teacher, Gino Farinelli

Kathy Fralick

November 8, 2018

I didn’t know Kevin but followed his story through updates shared by friends that knew and loved him. I was amazed at the strength of loved ones as I read the updates. When you have Jesus in your heart that is a easier task. I felt a connection to him and didn’t understand why besides our faith in the Lord and Tulare.
Today as I read about his life I understood why I might have felt the connection. I was also born on March 26 but 10 years earlier. My name is also Kathy but with a K.
I will continue to pray for the family of Kevin Koelewyn
So many lives touched through AG in Tulare thank you!!

Cady Caporale

November 8, 2018

Mr. Koelewyn was by far one of the most influential and inspirational people in my life when I needed it most. He saw the potential in me that I refused to see and pushed me to reach it. He taught me to be confident, through public speaking competitions, he taught me patience and hard work, through showing sheep, and he taught me compassion through his own example to others around him. I have never in my life met someone who could touch so many others around them. His sense of humor, his “get it done” attitude, his undying hope in others, even when we covered his room with popsicle sticks and he gave us all barn duty, is something I carry with me still. Instead of saying what someone wanted to hear he told them what they needed to hear and all out of a place of love. K Fizz you will be missed more than you could ever possibly imagine. Thank you for helping shape me and my brother into the adults we are today. A life time of thanks and immense heart break as I say goodbye.

Denise Mendes Little

November 8, 2018

I worked with Kevin one season at Contadina back in 1986. He was in college and had gotten a job for the summer with us. I was pregnant at the time with my first daughter. Kevin’s kindness & genuine concern for my “condition” was precious. What a kind & genuine sweet spirit he had. Even back then as a college kid he had concerns for others before himself. Always wearing a smile, he would greet everyone with a “Good morning.”
Years later we’d laugh about that summer
and his concern for me “needing” those chicken gizzards from Pioneer Chicken.
Those memories still make me smile.

His sweetness will continue to shine through those he loved. Praying God’s grace to pour over all of you.

Keeping you all in my heart and prayers,

Richard De Santos

November 8, 2018

If I had another son ,I would want him just like Kevin , what a beautiful young man, father, son and coach, Kevin you will be miss, but you have left your mark in this world, I know the good Lord needed a good , loving coach in heaven. Until we meet again in heaven Kevin , you and your family will always be in my prayers ❤️⚾️🇺🇸🙏

Martin Salas

November 8, 2018

I played baseball with Kevin and his dad was also my coach. I was 13 years old when Kevin and I played together and i will never forget this, Kevin was on the mound pitching and was having a hard time trying to get out the inning, I saw this kid just stop and got on one knee and started to pray. I was blessed to know Kevin and his family. I will truly miss you Kevin and the memories we shared growing up and playing ball.

Bernice Gamble

November 7, 2018

Kevin always had a mischievous smile and a warm hug for his Aunt Bernice. When his Uncle Roger, my husband, was still living, he and Kevin would enjoy badgering one another about their opposite choices of professional athletic teams.

I pray for strength for my beautiful niece, Cathy, and her precious children; Madi, Audra and Kaleb. They will process their loss with God's help. He will hold them in His embrace as they complete their journey here on earth.

Love you, Aunt Bernice