In Memory of Sam & Dean

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    Dallas "Dean" Leachman-Ready

     

    Samantha "Sam" Stritmatter

     

    On Monday, January 24, 2005, Dallas "Dean" Leachman-Ready lost his life from cancer. He was diagnosed at the end of his sophomore year. Dean would have been a junior in the Student Athletic Training Program. 

     

    Dallas "Dean" Ready was a sophomore in the Sports Medicine Class when he was diagnosed with neurosarcoma, a malignant neoplasm of nerve tissue, fibrous tissue and connective tissue, and ultimately died of neurofibromatosis. His battle with cancer started July 4th 2004. Unfortunately, Dean's cancer was in the advanced stages before it was discovered, and the cancer had aggressively spread throughout his abdomen. Dean fought hard to stay home and out of the hospital. During his time at home, his parents decorated his room with pictures, posters, and cards that his friends sent to cheer him up. The last couple of days, he stayed at the hospital where he later passed away.

    Dean will always be deeply missed by his friends, family, and the student trainers from his class.

    Samantha "Sam" Stritmatter, 17, would have been a 2003 senior at Samuel Clemens High School. Sam was a Student Athletic Training Aide for football and Sam was the lead Student Aide for the boy's soccer teams. Sam participated in journalism and was accepted to the newspaper and yearbook staff for her upcoming senior year, but she was best known for her involvement in athletics as a Student Training Aide.

     

    Sam was our bright spot in the training room, always smiling and she had the biggest heart. Sam was a leader that fought to dispel stereotypes and make everyone feel like they belonged. She wanted people to be themselves. Sam was comfortable with her weaknesses and loved others regardless of their shortcomings. People loved her because they knew they were always safe with her. 

     

    Sam was struck and killed by a pickup truck on the evening of June 7, 2003, while walking with five close friends along a dirt road at a campground near 891 U.S. 281 and the Guadalupe River in Comal County at about 7:30 pm. The driver of the pickup was speeding and had alcohol and drugs in his system at the time of the wreck. He was later charged with manslaughter for the death of Samantha Stritmatter.

     

    Sam was known to her friends as "Safety Sam" for her habit of acting as designated driver at parties she attended. She loved taking care of other people.

    Sam planned to study forensic science at Baylor University. 

    Sam always said, "I'll always be there for you!" While she is not with us physically, she will always be with us in spirit and live on through each of us.

     

    On Wednesday, March 31, 2004, a living tree was dedicated in honor of fallen Clemens students next to a bench to memorialize Sam.

    The 2003 Varsity Football Season was dedicated to the honor of Sam. Sam's #26 Athletic Trainers Jersey was retired and a special engraved memorial plate was placed on her athletic trainer locker in the field house.