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Cody Lloyd Waters was a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, and a friend. Cody was a mentor to every child he met.

Cody was a talker, a planner, a doer, an unexpected visitor, a welcome and sometimes an “unwelcome” distraction. Cody was a procrastinator, a drummer, a defender, a comedian, a prankster, a Christian. Cody went a 100 mph from the time he was in utero but would stop on a dime to help someone. Helping others was Cody’s passion. Cody never knew a stranger. His smile lit up a room, his laughter was infectious.

When he was thirteen, Cody sat with his mom and sister, watching the Twin Towers fall and told them he was going to enlist in the military to protect the world for his mama, his little sister, and her children. Cody was honored by the commendations, ribbons, coins, and medals he received during his service, but bragged about his rifle expert medal. His “guns,” the ones we called his arms and the ones carried in a holster and as a Marine, were his pride and joy.

We will remember that Cody was a gift from God who stopped crying when placed in his parents’ arms on May 7, 1988 in Elko, Nevada. We will grieve that God took him to heaven on June 2, 2015 from Greenville, North Carolina after an automobile accident.

We will tell stories about how Cody found his love of fishing when just a toddler with his dad and grandmother at Cave Lake, Nevada. We will remember Cody and Serena catching crawdads at night. We will laugh telling Cody’s recent stories about salt-water fishing and his dad walking him through filleting his big catch on the telephone.

We will remember Cody’s cooking skills and how often he called mom for recipes. Sometimes it was his favorite she had given him at least 6 times before but he couldn’t find it.

We will remember that although Cody said he didn’t like school, he loved learning. We know he left an impression on everyone who knew him at St. Mark’s Preschool, Northside Elementary, and Elko Junior High. We will remember that Cody hated homework and forgot to turn it in, but he worked hard and graduated from Elko High School with pride in 2007.

We know Cody was the ultimate protector of his family, especially his mom and sisters, from anyone who tried to hurt them. We will tell stories and laugh about how every boyfriend and ultimately fiancés had to go through the “Cody filter.”

We learned from Cody to live every day as if it could be your last, to laugh, love and to be loved. We learned the true meaning of a child with an old soul. We learned through Cody how to give 100%, as even when dying Cody successfully donated seven organs, including his heart, so that others might live.

Cody did everything he always dreamed of doing or talked about trying during his 27 years.

Cody was a cadet with the Elko County Sheriff’s Department for 6 years, a wildland firefighter with the BLM for over 2 years, a certified structure firefighter and an EMT, all before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 2008.

Cody became a Marine at MCRD, San Diego. He completed his infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. As a machine gunner, Cody was assigned to the 3rd FAST Company at Camp Allen, Virginia. He was based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina when released from USMC active duty to the reserves in 2013 as a Lance Corporal. During Cody’s five years in the Corps, he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Bahrain and Yemen.

Cody spent the last 1½ years of his life struggling to find his way back to his faith in God, the Cody before the horrors of war, and to his family and friends in Elko. On the way, he met his fiancé, Christina Davis and the children he always dreamed of having, her daughter, Sarah Davis and his goddaughter, Audrey Wood.

While living in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Cody was recertified as an EMT and volunteered at Haws Run EMS and Southwest Volunteer Fire Department. From the time he was three, all Cody wanted was to be a “peaceman.” Cody graduated from the Police Academy of Coastal Carolina Community College in December 2013 and was hired by the Kinston Police Department.

Cody was welcomed to heaven by his grandparents, Lloyd A. and Betty Waters (Rawlins, Wyoming), grandfather, A.Z. Joy (Ely, Nevada), and many other relatives.

He is survived by his parents, Lloyd and Yvette Waters (Elko), his sisters Holly and Tim Trexler, (Fallbrook, California); Brenda Wilkie, (Elko); Marlene and Kevin Haub, (Hayward, California); Serena Waters and fiancé Steven Collier (Reno) and his grandmother, Vivian Joy (Ely).

Cody enjoyed being an uncle to his nieces and nephews, Jacob Trexler, Sarah Trexler, Makayla Trexler, Brittany Wilkie, Connor Wilkie, and Isabelle Haub.

Cody adored the fact he came from a big family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Cody loved his family, friends, the “village of Elko” that helped raise and mentor him, and three special people he turned to throughout his life: Bill Maloney, mentor-Aitor Narvaiza and big brother-Paul Satonin. All feel the sorrow of Cody’s passing.

Cody began earning money as a young boy, mowing lawns and shoveling snow so he could sponsor a child through Shop with a Cop. The first time he volunteered, he dressed as the Crash Dummy. Cody not only sponsored a child annually he had the honor as a Cadet to accompany a child while shopping.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Cody with donations in his memory to, Shop with a Cop at P.O. Box 522, Elko, Nevada, 89803.

Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on July 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Military honors and interment will follow at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Elko, for Lance