Memorial service Tuesday for Douglas High grad killed in motorcycle accident |

Memorial service Tuesday for Douglas High grad killed in motorcycle accident

When he graduated from Douglas High School in 2006, Maxwell Carpenter started doing the things he loved, and the work he was cut out for.

“The day he turned 18, he moved to Reno and started teaching kids snowboarding,” his mother, Darlene Carpenter, said. “Kids loved Max.”

A memorial service for Carpenter, 23, who died in an Oct. 20 motorcycle accident, is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Carpenter was riding his motorcycle a few minutes before midnight on Oct. 19 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., when he lost control and struck a curb and a street sign.

Carpenter was a boy when the family moved to Carson Valley in 1998. He participated in the ski team for several years, according to his dad. His mother said he enjoyed cooking class at Douglas High School.

After graduation, he went to work for Lithia Volkswagen, where he became a top seller within two years.

He then transferred to Barber Volkswagen in Ventura, Calif., before he decided to change jobs and got his license to sell insurance.

“Max had just been on the phone with his dad,” Darlene said. “He received his first three leads and went out to do presentations. He closed the deal and sold all three customers. He was going to go to the top.”

A few days later, the couple was camping in Cottonwood, Ariz., when they received the call that Max had died.

“I’ve had his friends call me,” she said. “Everybody was just devastated. He was such a good person. My daughter said there was not one person who didn’t like him.”

Philip Carpenter said his son enjoyed riding motorcycles, quads and jet skis.

“Max would have knocked them dead as a salesman, he was on top of the world,” Philip Carpenter said.