MIDDLETON — To honor his time and impact as a student and wrestler at Middleton High School, family and friends of Coit Herrick II have arranged to hold a memorial service at the school on Saturday.
Herrick, 20, and some friends were hiking at Jump Creek Falls in Marsing Saturday when Herrick fell from about 70 feet up. He was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, but died from head trauma.
The service will be at 10 a.m. in the high school auditorium, with a graveside service following, said Herrick’s stepfather Mike Osmus. A potluck dinner will be after that at 9107 W. McMillan Road in Nampa.
Dealing with the loss has been painful for the entire family, Osmus said.
“I love him like he was my own kid,” Osmus said. “I am proud of everything he did in his life.”
A candlelight vigil was scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at Middleton Middle School.
Herrick was a wrestler for Middleton High School and is remembered by his coach as a leader, coachable and hard-working.
Keith Love, head wrestling coach at Middleton High School, described Herrick as “a great, great kid, just an all-around great kid,” and a “natural leader, for sure.”
“He was one of the hardest-working kids in the room,” said Love, who coached Herrick for eight years, starting from Herrick’s career in middle school. “He was very coachable, always open to listening.”
Herrick, who came from a big wrestling family, was the team captain at Middleton and was well-respected by his teammates, Love said.
“He was very popular with his teammates,” Love said. “But he made them toe the line.”
Love said learning about the news of Herrick’s death was “a hard pill to swallow.”
“It hurts to lose someone like that,” Love said.
As of Tuesday, the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office was still investigating Herrick’s death, though investigators are leaning toward ruling Herrick’s death as accidental, according to Chief Deputy Lynn Bowman.
Osmus said community support, such as a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend, has helped the family make arrangements easier the last few days. The link to the page is https://www.gofundme.com/3k9j4g8.
“His mom and I love him dearly,” Osmus said. “His little brother and sisters love him and miss him dearly, too.”