SCOTTS VALLEY, CA — The Scotts Valley High School gymnasium was packed with about 800 people Monday paying tribute to Daniel Garcia, the popular custodian who died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident, according to the Santa Cruz-Sentinel.
The crash happened November 1, and he died November 11 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center at the age of 51, the article noted.
Students, teachers, parents, school district officials and many former students, athletes and school leaders who have left the district attended the ceremony that honored Garcia''s life with songs, a slide show and several funny anecdotes from his 14 years with the Scotts Valley Unified School District, the article stated.
"He was just an awesome guy," said senior Nick Clarke, a tight end and linebacker.
"He was kind of the little known person who ran the school. He was the only person we trusted with the football field. He always had the biggest smile and he was such a jokester," Clarke added.
According to the article, Garcia was often the first to arrive in the morning and the last one to leave at night: He knew how to fix just about anything at the four Scotts Valley schools and was devoted to the Falcon football team, helping with equipment, maintaining the field and feeding the guys tamales made by his wife.
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