COTTONWOOD Calif. - It was a somber and emotional day for so many in Cottonwood as West Valley High School Football player Tyson Wacker was laid to rest.
Sixteen-year-old Tyson Wacker was is a varsity football player at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.
After a horrible crash on Thursday, October 18th, he was transported to Mercy Medical Center where two days later he was taken off life support and his family said goodbye.
A C.H.P investigation states Wacker was driving on Rhonda Road near Lynn Hart Drive around 9 p.m. when he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a tree.
The stadium at West Valley High School was full Sunday as friends, family, and community members paid their respects to the star football player.
“What’s important is how many lives he touched and how you love on people. Look around… He touched a lot of people didn’t he?” West Valley Football Coach Greg Grandell said.
Above all else, Today was about remembering Tyson for the kind soul that he was, an incredible athlete, a hater of shoes and socks and an amazing cook.
“I once listened to one of the best defensive ends in the section [Tyson] tell the offensive tackle in front of him the details of a casserole dish which was supposedly amazing… and after driving the kid back and disrupting the entire play I watched him say ‘Well how do you like that casserole’” a fellow football player and friend of Tyson, Cade Lambert, shared in a story about him.
For his teammates, Tyson will also be remembered for his big smile and even bigger heart when caring for all that knew him.
As friends and family said goodbye to Tyson the message was clear.
For all those who will continue to hit the field for West Valley, they will play for, pray for, fight for and never forget number 8.