CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- They came to a Clackamas sports complex, raising $12,000, for a young boy some of whom barely knew -- but who had made such an impact.
The 7-year-old was a lot younger than most people at Friday’s fundraiser at 212 Sports.
But that didn’t seem to matter.
Jacob Arntson drowned Monday when his father’s pickup truck lost control on black ice on Interstate 84 and plunged into the Columbia River near Mosier. Jacob’s father survived.
Those who came out to the fundraiser described Jake as warm, loving mischievous, funny and athletic.
Garrett Myers plays baseball for Clackamas High School and knew Jake because the boy was the coach’s son. Myers came to raise money with his teammates – players almost a decade older than Jake.
He was “just a really excited kid,” Myers recalled of Jake. “He loved to be around us, loved to be around everybody.”
Jake’s legacy was enough to prompt local businesses to donate products for a raffle and to encourage folks to buy T-shirts and attend Friday’s fundraiser.
Between 100 and 200 people came to the gym -- those who ranged from elementary school students to high school students and parents.
A common sentiment was how many folks could recall memorable moments with Jake.
"Always after a football game, because we were on the same team, we would just goof around," said Luke Ash, one of Jake's best friends.
How often can a person fill a gym with friends who will remember you like that?
“I didn’t really know Jake, but in my heart, I feel like he’s my best friend,” said Brody Upton.
The family said they plan to us the $12,000 to cover funeral costs. Leftover money will go toward starting a charitable fund in Jake’s name.