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Tragic accident cuts short the life of another Eagle wrestling member
March 16th, 2015 | Written by: Editor, Jay Olinde, Kenny Whittle


The Live Oak Eagles wrestling family lost another member, their second in the last two years, due to a tragic accident.

Garrett Hunter Minard, 21, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on March 9th, 2015.  Garrett wrestled for Live Oak from 2007 - 2011, compiling a career record of 119 wins vs. 70 losses.  Garrett placed fourth in Division II at 119 lbs. in 2009, 6th in Division I at 130 lbs. in 2010 and 4th in Division I at 130 lbs. in 2011.

Garrett's younger brother, Seth, is looking forward to his junior year as an Eagle next October.  Garrett remained a big supporter of both his brother and the Live Oak team, helping out whenever he could with whatever Coach Chris Collier would ask of him.

Garrett Minard
Minard, 5th from left, placed fourth in the 2011 Division I state championships In action. In action.

The Baton Rouge Advocate printed the following obituary:

"Son, brother, grandson, godson and friend to many. Garrett Hunter Minard, 21, of Watson passed away on March 9, 2015, due to an automobile accident. He was born May 6, 1993, to parents David and Melissa Castille Minard. He was a brother to Reese and Seth, uncle to Payton, grandson to Lillia Marks Barras, godchild to Bruce and Susan Turner, and best friend and boyfriend to Taylor Lane. Preceded in death by grandparents John Calvin Castille Sr., David L. Minard Sr., and Erminie C. Minard. He enjoyed the outdoors, target shooting, wrestling, and LSU sports. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University and was employed by Volks Construction. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs. Visitation on Thursday, March 12, 2015, will be from 9-11 a.m. at Live Oak United Methodist Church with services following. Burial will be at Live Oak United Methodist Cemetery."

On October 2nd, 2013, in the beginning of the 2013-14 season, the Eagles lost eighth-grader Phillip Bilski, 14, to another accident.  The team dedicated the 2013-14 season to Phillip and placed second in the Division II state championships.

After Phillip's death the Live Oak team wore reminders of their fallen teammate and had a reminder in their practice room.

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