Memorial service for local star football player planned

Memorial service for local star football player planned

The man who battled ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for 16 years and was a standout football player at Aloha High School and Oregon State has died.

Mike Lopez Jr., 49, was an All-Pac-10 defensive back. He spent most of his last days confined to his bed and used a respirator to breath. He communicated through blinking his eyes and through a caregiver.

The family of Lopez will hold a memorial service for him in the auditorium at Aloha High School, 18550 Southwest Kinnaman Road, Aloha, OR, 97007 on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.