OGDEN -- A young man known in his community for being the owner of Ogden's only custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop died last week after being injured in a motorcycle accident. His friends and relatives are trying to come to grips with the loss.
Driven by his love for all things fast and two-wheeled, Deyne "Sid" Stocker opened Sid's Speed Shop in 2010.
Stocker is remembered by his family and friends not only for his ferocious desire to succeed but also for his kind demeanor in dealing with everyone he met.
"He was very driven," said Stocker's wife, Afton Stocker. "He made goals in life, and nothing was going to stand in his way."
Adam Paul, Deyne's friend and business partner, said the young motorcycle fanatic was outgoing and made lasting relationships with many. He built his business on making people happy, Paul said.
"He would always try and make you laugh," he said. "Once he made you laugh, that was it, he was out of there. It's like that was what he was there for."
Deyne's passion for motorcycles was second only to his love and devotion to his wife and two children, Paul said.
A memorial -- composed of flowers and empty beer cans, with notes of condolence and affection written across them and their surrounding walls -- has been erected at Sid's Speed Shop, 341 E. 35th St., where a funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday.
According to Deyne's wishes, Paul said, his cremated remains are to be fed through the air intake of "Rita" -- the first and most cherished motorcycle Deyne built -- and run through its engine as one last tribute to his life.
"I think he loved that bike more than me, to be honest," Afton said with a chuckle and a sigh.