Former Wheaton Warrenville South Star athlete Declin Ermer received the gift of life after a fatal fall on deck at the University of Montana

Friends and family members came out on Friday to remember and honor a young man who died after a tragic fall.

A former high school athlete at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Declin Ermer was remembered for his personality and life-saving gifts.

Ermer died earlier this month after falling off a deck onto a sidewalk while studying at the University of Montana.

“It could happen to anyone, but you always think it’s going to be someone else,” said Eric Ermer, his father.

His death hit family and friends hard. Many have reached out to his family to share stories.

“There are people across the country who have told us stories about his kindness that we didn’t know about,” said his mother, Laura Townsend.

Ermer was a top athlete at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, where he played volleyball, soccer, and basketball.

“He had so many people that he touched in all three sports,” said Mike Healy, athletic director at Wheaton Warrenville South. “He was one of those great kids.”

Friends said he was also a great teammate. One of his most memorable basketball games was against rival Wheaton North, where he held his ground defensively and received three tackles to do the dirty work to help his team win. This selfless quality will be part of his legacy. Ermer and his family decided to donate his organs.

“In the end, with tissues and all, there were seven people whose lives were saved or benefited,” his father said.

“He will be there for eternity. he is my angel He will live on,” his mother said.

Many people who knew Ermer of Wheaton Warrenville South will be present at his memorial service Sunday afternoon. In fact, more than 500 people are expected.

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