Triton youth coach killed in accident
A Triton youth wrestling coach has died in a forklift accident near Lakeville.
Clayton Kodada, 35, of West Concord was killed Feb. 15 while operating a forklift. The hydraulic lift failed and the forklift reportedly landed on top of him. The accident happened about 11 a.m.
Triton superintendent Brett Joyce said Kodada touched a lot of kids at Triton through his involvement as the youth wrestling coach for the past six years. He worked specifically with elementary aged through middle school kids.
“It’s a very tragic and a tough loss for our Triton community,” Joyce said. “We’re really mourning the loss of a really neat man. It’s a big hole for us.”
Joyce said the district activated its crisis response plan because of Kodada’s tragic death. The school made counselors available for anyone having difficult time dealing with the tragedy. “We’re taking care of our kids,” he said.
Many area schools, including Hayfield and Owatonna, reached out to Triton for support in the wake of Kodada’s death, according to Joyce. “It’s pretty amazing the outpouring of support Triton has received,” he said, adding he hopes that the community can support his family through this difficult time.
Kodada is survived by his wife, Andrea, and three children: Cole, 9, Addison, 6 and Bristal, 2. The older two children are students at Triton.
Through Facebook Messenger, Andrea said: “We are trying to hang in there as best as we can. It’s been very difficult for our 9-year-old, who idolized his father and wanted to be just like him. Addison, she is devastated by the fact that her daddy will never walk through those doors again. Bristol doesn’t comprehend what is going on, she keeps saying Daddy’s at work.”
Andrea added, “Our hearts are broken. We lost a huge part of our family.”
Friends and family have established a fund through youcaring.com. All donations will go to an account that has been set