PERRIS, Calif. - The Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in a skydiving accident in Riverside County was laid to rest on Wednesday.
Caleb Medley's service was held at the Burlington Community Center. Flags were handed out at the door as guests came in to pay their respects.
Two Marines stood still right next to the casket of the 26-year-old taken too soon.
Medley's priest got up to speak at the funeral. He said Medley was always "goofy," but had an intensity in his eyes. His priest went on to say he always thought Medley was a Marine at heart.
His priest said Medley turned down a six-figure job because he was afraid it would change him.
Medley's friends then got up to speak. They said how much he loved to work out and pushed others to always finish.
Medley's mother said how "[Caleb] lived a full life ... [and] lived every minute of it."
All the speakers during the funeral mentioned how much physical fitness and God were important to Medley.
Riverside County Coroner's officials on Feb. 27 identified the victim as Medley of Burlington, Colo.
Fire officials say they received a call of a skydiver down shortly after 3 p.m. on Feb. 26. When they arrived near the Perris Valley Airport, they found a man had died.
Riverside County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa McConnell says the man was among a group of Marines who were conducting a military training exercise. McConnell couldn't say how many other Marines were involved or if there were problems with the victim's parachute.
Perris is a popular skydiving area about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
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