Posted: Apr 6, 2013 8:03 AM by Robin O'Day - MTN News
MISSOULA - Family and friends put on their favorite jersey Friday, many sporting number 58 from Hellgate High School.
That was 18 year old, Chance Geery's number, and his short life was celebrated, four days after he was hit and killed by a car while walking along Mullan Road.
Dozens of Chance Geery fans spilled into the Washington Grizzly Stadium to see his image on the Jumbotron, an image everyone had hoped to see when he became a Griz football player, and not to mark the end of his life.
Everyone agrees he was the toughest football player around, with a witty sense of humor and a heart of gold.
"He was very kind, kind of a softie too. For as tough as he was, when he was around his girlfriend Gabbie, he was this totally different kid," friend Mark Hirding recalled.
Chance's father says the first argument they had as father and son, was over the idea of Superman. Chance was convinced he was Superman, despite what his father said.
As tears fell during the memorial, the sun would pop out every now and then even during the storm. A moment of brilliance to break up the sorrow, like the man Chance Geery had become, to so many.
Chance was struck by a car while walking along a sidewalk on April 1 with his girlfriend. An investigation into the incident is still underway.