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dedication: a hometown hero to many

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.” - William Shakespeare

I was 8 years old when I met Coach Landers at the Bowie Volleyball Camp back home in Austin. He asked me what I wanted to contribute to the sport and I told him that I wanted to be the cheerleader of the team. Someone who always supported teammates, motivated the crowd and had constant energy. It was at this moment in my life where I learned my true drive. He never gave up on my idea of this. Ever. Since I was a little girl, Landers always taught me the ideas of leadership, physical and emotional control, and accountability.

I have sat in the same spot of my apartment for the last six hours, staring endlessly at the ceiling, looking at photos, laughing at the memories, giving and receiving the news to former teammates. I think we are all just in complete shock still.

Yesterday the world lost a little piece of sunshine. You will be forever missed. My whole heart goes out to Cathie and their little triplets, Mary-Katherine, Ella, and Julie. He was a great man.

From the Facebook page Landers Family Fund:  

"FUNERAL SERVICES: The viewing will be Friday (6/20/2014) from 11am-2pm at Bethany Lutheran Church (3701 W. Slaughter Ln Austin TX 78749). The Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday (6/21/2014) in the gym at James Bowie High School (4103 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749).

In lieu of flowers, Cathie has asked that donations be made to the Landers Family Fund.

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