CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The family of the 7-year-old boy who died after his dad’s pickup truck slid on ice into the Columbia River has announced plans for his memorial.
Jacob Arntson died in the icy crash. He father, John survived. The memorial has been scheduled for Sunday at the Clackamas High School gym, starting at 1 p.m.
Little Jake was well-known at the high school because his dad is the head coach of the baseball team. John is also a social studies teacher at the school and an assistance coach for the football team.
Friends said that Jake often attended the team practices with his dad, along with the games. Students and staff members at the high school knew him well.
“He was always running around during the games. He got a little motorized bike last year and he would ride it until his battery died,” said Clackamas athletic director Jeff Erdman. “He was just part of the family.”
Many members of the Clackamas community reached out to the Arntson family after hearing of the tragedy, and the memorial will be open to the public.
"We are deeply grateful for all of the heartfelt condolences from across our community. The support and love we have felt over the past two days has been amazing,” the family said in a prepared statement Thursday.
They also asked that in lieu of gifts or flowers, people consider donating to the Jacob R. Arntson Memorial Foundation. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch. Proceeds will help the family with funeral costs, and remaining funds will be used for a charitable donation to honor Jake's memory.
Background: 7-year-old boy dies in crash into river