January 1, 2006
A former Newport-Mesa Dream Team performer as a fullback and linebacker for the Estancia High football team, he died in a car accident in Colorado on Aug. 28. He was 19.
An estimated 850 attended a local memorial service for him and the inaugural Bubba Kapko Memorial golf tournament raised an estimated $8,500 for the Estancia Athletic Boosters and the Bubba Kapko Memorial fund.
December 30, 2005
BRIAN ‘BUBBA’ KAPKO
Aug. 28, age 19
The former Estancia High School football standout died in a car crash in Colorado. He and three other friends were on their way to Denver after a volleyball tournament in Boulder. He graduated from high school in 2004 and attended Johnson & Wales University. The Bubba Kapko Memorial tournament was held in November at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club’s Los Lagos course.
The men’s volleyball team at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, for which Kapko planned to play this year, has dedicated its 2006 season to him.