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Memorial set up after drowning of ex-Reno High baseball standout Garrett Gouldsmith

Garrett Gouldsmith
A memorial set up after drowning of ex-Reno High baseball standout Garrett Gouldsmith. (Washington State athletics)

Following the drowning of former Reno High baseball standout Garrett Gouldsmith, the family has set up a fund campaign aimed to be used as a scholarship fund.

Garrett's death is the latest blow for the Gouldsmith family, which recently got the news that Heather Gouldsmith, Garrett's mother, had been diagnosed with cancer. Garrett's sister, Gabby, also was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia a decade ago, with Garrett donating bone marrow to the cause.

Gouldsmith drown Sunday at Donner Lake, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. he was 22.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we post this message," the family wrote. "As so many of our friends, family and acquaintances are already aware, Heather was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. As she prepared for her fight, we suffered the most horrific of losses. Our oldest son, Garrett, passed away. Although we do not have the particulars, Garrett and his brother, Gunner, were enjoying a day of boating with our dear family friends, that ended most tragically. The outpouring of support and condolences from all have been comforting, but the hole in our hearts is deep and will take an enormous amount of time to mend. It has been great to hear from so many of you on the impact he has had on your lives.

"So many of you have offered your helped and assistance and while many burdens have been placed on this family's shoulders over the years, we have always pushed on with your support. At present, we are just working on getting through the seconds but the days that lay ahead will require so much. We have never been ones to ask for help, but you have always lent it. I recall from my daughter's recovery from Aplastic Anemia as a result of my oldest son Garrett's bone marrow donation. It is not a time to stand on pride.

"In lieu of flowers, which Garrett was allergic, we are supporting the campaign being established by our dear friends and family. Any proceeds from the campaign that are not directly used to reconcile the needs of Heather and Garrett will be used to establish a scholarship in Garrett's name in the future."

Garrett Gouldsmith played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Reno High before transferring to a school in New Mexico after his dad, Buddy, the former head coach at UNLV and associate head coach at Nevada, was hired by the Lobos. Gouldsmith played one season at New Mexico and two at Washington State, where his younger brother, Gunner, plays baseball. Gunner is a Reno High alum.

The Garrett Gouldsmith Memorial campaign has been set up in care of Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at any Well Fargo location with the account name and number of "Garrett Gouldsmith Memorial, 9731795747."

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