From the moment she was born on January 14, 1985, Candise (Candi) Kleinatland, had an entertaining light and a bold soul. Candi was honest, supportive, nurturing and loving. These traits guaranteed that those lucky enough to have known her, never had to question where they stood. Being the third child or better yet “baby” of mother, Debbie Porter, and father, David Kleinatland; Candi learned quickly how to get things accomplished.
From an early age, she developed a love for Disney movies, and those alike. In fact, she once tormented her two oldest sisters by making them watch “The Land Before Time” until the VHS tape physically broke. Even in this instance, she was steadfast and determined not to be moved from something she was passionate about.
Naturally, Candi had a talent for helping others with their medical needs. She loved tending to someone’s wounds or helping them find comfort while battling an illness. Due to this passion, she was given the nickname “Doc” by her stepdad, Danny Bonnell.
However, becoming a mother was her destiny. Her daughter, Alyssa Kleinatland (18), was born and at that moment Candi’s life forever changed. For the first time, she felt an unimaginable love that never faltered. Years later, her life was complete upon the arrival of her son, Waylen Kleinatland (12). She exceled at filling the roles of both Mama and Daddy for her two children. Candi embraced this, knowing that no other would ever love her children as deeply.
Further into her journey, Candi completed courses through Coastal Community College and after passing the National Registry; she was licensed in the State of Alabama as an EMT. Baldwin EMS saw great potential in Candi and offered her a position within their company. She quickly became an important asset and part of their family.
On May 22, 2020, Candi had her last laughs and shared her last smiles with her family and friends before being violently ripped from the lives of everyone that knew and loved her. In her final moments, she fulfilled the ultimate testament of being a mother as shielded her brave, twelve year old son from gunshots.
Awaiting her eternal arrival, she was welcomed into Heaven by her maternal grandmother, Ruth Adams and her paternal grandparents, Carl and Florence Kleinatland, as well as, her aunt, Susie Ferguson.
Candi’s light will continue to shine through her amazing children, Alyssa Kleinatland and Waylen Kleinatland. She will forever live on in the hearts of her parents, Debbie Porter and David (Laura) Kleinatland and stepdad, Danny Bonnell. For the rest of their lives, her four sisters, Mandy (Klin) Brantley, Brandy (Chris) Brunson, Brittany (Josh) Denton and Kendra (Robbie) Everett, will defend and protect her legacy and her children. Candi’s nieces and nephews, Blaine, Brenden, Alex, Raeden, Tierany, Kris, Wyatt, Malaya, Kolton, Kash, Oliver and Mia, will cherish the time they were given with her. Her EMS family will never forget the imprint she left on their hearts. In addition, Candi has a multitude of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that are honored to hold tight the memories they share with her.
To celebrate her beautiful life, everyone is invited to attend her Memorial Service on June 6, 2020 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the timeless Bicentennial Park of Baldwin County, located in Stockton, AL. Her memorial procession will come to rest at Guy’s Chapel in Rabun, AL.
Candi will never be forgotten as her nurturing, compassionate story will live on through a foundation created in her honor called, Our Voices For Candi. In lieu of flowers, loved ones would like donations made to her Foundation. Donations to Our Voices For Candi are accepted through PayPal, Venmo, Cash App or sent to through the United States Postal Service to Our Voices For Candi, P.O. Box 1361, Bay Minette, AL 36507.
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