Atticus Anderson was born on May 24, 1991. His parents brought him home to Latigo Canyon and it was there that he died on January 10.
“Atticus was a maker, an inventor and an admirer of all things sensible and beautiful,” a loved one said. There was never a thing he felt he could not do, whether it was pioneering calculus D/E at Malibu High School, attending Berklee School of Music’s summer program, painting his Volvo matte black, studying Product Design at Stanford University’s d.school or marching in the band.
“His enthusiastic, hands-on approach was obvious when he brewed batches of beer, worked at the family business—AFX Studio—as a lab technician, and when he invented the Grip Clip (a small device that attaches your pencil to your eyeglasses) for his senior project at Stanford, which he and classmate, Blake Crowe, ‘Kickstarted’ and took to market,” a loved one said.
Atticus was 20 years old when he was dealt a difficult hand—brain cancer. Yet, even with a grim diagnosis, he spent no time in fear or self-pity.
“He lived with joy and intensity, offering laughter, friendship and an easy smile,” a loved one said.
In 2016, he and his soulmate, Lina Bardovi, renovated a van and pursued life on the back roads of America. Atticus adored the American landscape and felt a profound freedom living off of it. Over his lifetime, Atticus had adventures in eight countries, 20 states and took three trips to Burning Man.
His final months were spent with those he cherished. Months that included camping trips, dart tournaments, Dodger games, delicious meals, strong coffee and always music.
Atticus is survived by his devoted sister, Isabelle; mother and father, Heather and David Anderson; grandparents, Lance and Jean Anderson, Robert Dobie Langenkamp and Mary Alice Langenkamp; and his beloved dog, Boo Radley.
A memorial service will be held at Malibu West Beach Club on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Park Foundation.