Carlton Dare Keegan was a personality at Scotts Valley High School. He was 18 when he died in a tragic car accident.
He “touched the lives of many,” according to a report by People.com.
More than 400 people attended his memorial service on the school football field, and a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Keegan family topped the goal of $100,000.
At 6-foot-3, he helped the Falcons varsity football team win their league division. He was a team captain, awarded First-Team All-Conference and Offensive Player of the Year. He played on the varsity lacrosse and golf teams. He was preparing for graduation in May, looking forward to more good times with all of his friends, continuing school and football in college in the fall.
Before high school, he attended Vine Hill Elementary and Scotts Valley Middle School.
He enjoyed a wonderful childhood with his brothers, Cooper, 19 months older, and younger brothers Chaser and Colton, camping, riding waves, swimming, tubing, wakeboarding and dirt biking.
He is survived by his parents, Leanne and Ken Keegan, his brothers, grandparents Ron and Debbie Tomasello and Gretchen Keegan, cousins, aunts and uncles, and his loving pup, Roner. His grandfather Ken Keegan died before him.
The family shared this message on GoFundMe: “Thank you for your generous gift to our family during this difficult time. Our hearts are shattered at the loss of our beautiful son, but the love and support we have felt from our community and especially people like you, has provided us with some comfort.”