Eugene Sanya Odondo

April 5, 1998 - July 19, 2020
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Eugene S. Odondo

April 5, 1 9 9 8 – July 1 9, 2 0 2 0

Eugene Sanya ‘Atuk’ Odondo, was born on April 5, 1998, in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2006, along with his kukhu (grandmother), he immigrated to Des Moines, Iowa to join his mother. The family later relocated to Alameda, California, where he lived until his passing on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the age of 22.

Atuk graduated from Encinal High School in 2016. He loved playing basketball and the L.A. Lakers were his favorite team to watch. He was a huge Kobe Bryant fan. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing basketball, video games and spending time with friends. He was kindhearted and had a quick wit.

He is survived by his father Desmond Oruoch, his mother Gloria Hicks, his sister Natasha Hicks, his kukhu Bernadette Auma, his uncle Eugene Wandera, and many loving relatives all over the world.

He will be laid to rest at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530. USA on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. His out-sized personality, sense of humor, and the love and kindness he showed friends and strangers alike will be greatly missed.

 Forever in our hearts

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

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Born: April 5, 1998
Died: July 19, 2020

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Lillian Wafula posted on 7/30/20

RIP till we meet again 🙏🙏🙏🙏


Untie Sophie Ouchi Ross. posted on 7/28/20

Even though we did not know each other,I felt a blow when you left us.why?because you are my,blood,my family and my son.Rest in peace and pray for us all that are left here on earth. KEEP SHINNING UP THERE.!!


Lori Lobenstine posted on 7/28/20

Atuk! You are so loved. You got to be raised by an amazingly strong and passionate mom AND a kukhu who adored you and would do anything for you. It sounds like you absorbed their love and shared it with so many friends. (Not to mention your little sis!) It is so shocking that your young and vibrant life was cut so short, but it is beautiful how much you brightened our lives while you were with us. Love to you and your family.


Vivyanne Oganga posted on 7/28/20

May the Lord comfort you Lucky and family, and may Atuk a young man of great strength rest in peace.


Nakoli Omwodo posted on 7/28/20

Rest in perfect peace Cousin...still surreal to me but I want to believe you are in a better place. Watch over us and say Hello to the others that went before us....


Evelyne Limbe posted on 7/28/20

My dear nephew, gone too soon. RIP


Geoffrey Juma posted on 7/28/20

Atuk you’ll surely be missed. Definitely heartbreaking to hear the news but God always has better plans for us all. Keep that smile going and watch over us.😓😓


Serete posted on 7/28/20

Must you rest in peace, till we meet again.


Ashley okumu posted on 7/28/20

My dear nephew....go well you will truly be missed.Rest easy my boy and eternal rest grant unto thee ooh lord and let perpetual light shine upon you.Rest in peace


Evelyn wafula posted on 7/28/20

Eugene has gone and left questions in our hearts but God gives and God takes . Lucky cousin take console in the bosom of our Lord during this sorrowful moment. Our dear nephew wherever he is , wants you to be at peace coz he s in a good and peaceful place too. Rest in perfect peace dear Eugene


Evelyn wafula posted on 7/28/20

In memory of Eugene Sanya Odondo, Evelyn wafula lit a candle


Sylvia Akinyi posted on 7/28/20

I may not have known you but by the comments I have read you were a candle that lit up the room any n every time you walked in...Rest Easy champ....we'll definately see you again


Roselyne Ozueh posted on 7/28/20

Deepest condolences Gloria and family. May Atuk rest in peace and may the Lord give all of you comfort during this difficult period.


Tara Pula posted on 7/28/20

I’m so blessed and grateful for the time that I had with you and your infectious smile. You were my safe space. You’re gone too soon but you’re in the Lords hands now, and we all have an angel watching over us. We love you always Eugene.


Gerald Wangutusi posted on 7/28/20

Rest well Eugene


Maureen Matinde Mounter posted on 7/28/20

The first time I saw Atuk...I couldnt believe how adorable he looked. Chubby cheeks with this cute smile to everyone...he was only a few months old...Atuk was born one year before my daughter. I remember Lucky giving me advice that things will get better and I shouldn't panic as long as I had a support system. She calmed me down. Lucky I luck words with everthing thats going on. I praying for you and the entire family. Is is not right what's happened but it's ok. God has his plans. Rest well Atuk....you always put a smile on our faces anytime we saw you in Fort Jesus. Rest easy young man. Till we meet again...🕊


Philip Mwenesi posted on 7/28/20

Lucky may our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences, may Atuku's soul rest easy.


Nelly Okumu Odhiambo posted on 7/28/20

"Owino", as I used to call you you have left us at a very tender age. We will always cherish the moments we shared together. May perpetual light shine upon you and may you rest in eternal peace. Amen


Pauline Mwinamo-Jobe posted on 7/28/20

Eugene Wandera, Gloria Hicks, Khukhu ,and Natasha, please accept my sincerest condolences, I’m so very sorry for your loss, may his Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.. Gloria please take heart! Pole Pole Pole sana !


Geraldine Ochieng posted on 7/28/20

Deepest condolences to Gloria and Desmond and the entire family of Eugene. To us he was Atuk, born a year apart from my son when his mother and I were just getting out of our teens, Atuk was a handsome dark chocolate boy who we adored. His arrival brought so much joy to his Kukhu and both she and Gloria's lives rallied around the chubby boy 24-7 with new purpose. He was truely loved and will be sorely missed. Rest easy "Tuk tuk". Shalom.


Pamela Minyenya posted on 7/27/20

Romans 6:5 "For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his." SOAR Higher into the sky with wings like an Eagle ATUK, you left a mark in so many lives. Rest until we all meet at his feet.


Will Thande posted on 7/27/20

Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories of Atuk give you peace and comfort. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾


Lillian Boy posted on 7/27/20

My darling nephew, gone too soon. You will be greatly missed.