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“It’s okay to let go if your tired…” these are the final words Zachary Wayne Ewing heard from his parents as he left the physical world.

   Two and a half years earlier, Zach’s day started off normal. He went to school and his mom and dad went to work. Later that day he came home from school and threw his backpack down as he said, “Today was the best day ever.”  Jennifer Ewing, Zach’s mom, said, “This day was an especially good day, one where I was dancing and singing.”

   Zach went out to see some buddies and later came back to check trail cameras in the woods. Zach always showed a love for the outdoors. “I stopped him and told him that he should have a helmet on,” said Jen. Zach’s parents were insistent on making him wear a helmet whenever he went for a ride.

   “That day I just didn’t want to fight him…” and that’s when the hard blow struck. On September 8th, 2014, Zach suffered a massive head trauma that left his world changed forever. To live a life where you feel trapped and unable to get out would be the toughest battle any human could face. Zach pushed through like a warrior on the battlefield until sadly he lost his battle on March 25, 2017.

   “He never made it back inside,” Jen said. Zach’s accident occurred around 7:30pm on a Monday night.  
      Brady Hammond, one of Zach’s good friends said,  “I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news.”

    “I was lying in bed that night when I heard the news; I felt like someone was trying to pull a prank on me,” said Cole Greer, Zach’s best friend.

   Only hours before everyone heard the news, Zach had been life-lined out of his backyard. Zach went on to spend three months in the hospital where doctors were able to save his life, but not to the quality it was before. He never spoke or moved on his own again.

   A common saying that many have probably heard before: “You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it.” Zach spent the next two and a half years battling a traumatic brain injury. “I firmly believe his love for his family is what pushed him to stay alive,” says Jen.

    Zach always loved his family and friends above anything. He was the type of guy that would do anything, be anything you needed. “I admire the way Zach was always caring for others,” “He would do anything to make someone laugh,” said Josh Russell,  another one of Zach’s closest friends.

   Although Zach left his broken body behind, he left a lasting memory in every person who knew his story. His parents learned many things through Zach as a person. “Zach has taught us to love those people in your life. Don’t sweat the small stuff, be slow to anger, and take nothing for granted.”

   Zach taught his friends and classmates an important lesson, one you can’t learn in a classroom. “He taught me anything is possible, to never give up,” said Cole. Zach and Cole were the best of friends. Cole will always cherish the memory when Zach shot down a tree with his dad’s old twelve gauge so they could get the four-wheeler through the woods. “That’s a memory I will hold with me forever.”

  Zach left a mark on every person he came in contact with. “Never take anything for granted, our lives are delicate and should never be taken for granted,”  said Brady.

  Zach was an example among students at Lewis Cass.  “I always admired Zach for how polite and caring he was for others, something I never really understood until now,” said Josh.

  Losing a loved one is the worst type of tragedy any person could go through. Although he is not physically here, he will live on in the memories and lessons he has taught every individual who knew him.

  Zach taught many people many lessons, but I never got the chance to share the lesson he taught me. Zach’s locker was two doors down from mine. Every morning he would come up and say hi and it became a routine thing. He was the little ray of sunshine I looked forward to at the beginning of each day. I didn’t realize how much I relied on it until it was gone. Zach taught me to love to the deepest, learn to the greatest, and live to the fullest. He taught me to cherish the life I have been given. How lucky are we to have lungs that allow us to breathe and legs that allow us to walk? Because of him I see the world in a greater light. I will forever remember Zach Ewing and the beautiful gift he has shown me.

This article was written in honor and memory of a beloved son, friend, and classmate. Zach Ewing will always be remembered as a strong, kind, and loving guy by everyone who knew him. Zach had the biggest heart, and his heart will carry on in every life he has touched.
       Fly high bud until we see you again.

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5 Responses to “His Locker – Two Doors Down”

  1. Rita Engle on March 29th, 2018 5:23 pm

    Your article was very well written and really describes Zach as a wonderful person who had a positive effect on all who were fortunate to meet him.

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  2. bhamm56 on April 11th, 2018 10:58 am

    Thank you so much for writing such an amazing article about an amazing guy. He changed my life and I hate that he can’t be here, but he’s happy up in redneck heaven! Great article!

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  3. Gabe Eurit on April 16th, 2018 8:14 am

    This is a great article Delanie. I never knew Zach personally but you completely described everything about him. It is so sad to see such a strong and loving person leave this world.

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  4. Ashli Key on May 7th, 2018 8:27 am

    This article is amazing! I only knew Zach somewhat, but this article really stood out to me. The way you put your emotion into this article really shows how Zach impacted the life of others. You did a great job!

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  5. Westin Miller on May 15th, 2018 8:02 pm

    Awesome article Delanie! Zach was an awesome classmate to have around! In sixth grade, his dad and him brought in their collection of airheads that they found in the area. I thought it was the coolest thing! Zach will always have an impact in the world, and he will be greatly missed.

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