SPORTS BRIEF: Decatur hosting Garet Rasmussen Night Jan. 18
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
January 17, 2013 · Updated 1:33 PM
The Decatur High School boys basketball program will host the second annual Garet Rasmussen Night on Friday (Jan. 18).
Rasmussen was a 1992 Decatur graduate and ranks as the 20th all-time scorer for the basketball-rich Gators after averaging 10 points as a junior and 11.2 during his senior season. Rasmussen played a huge role in earning Decatur the school’s first-ever berth into the state basketball tournament in 1992.
The 38-year-old collapsed inside his Wenatchee home in June 2011 after responding to an emergency call about a car crash. The Chelan County coroner concluded that Rasmussen died from hypertension and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Rasmussen was the command duty officer for Chelan County Fire District One and Douglas County Fire District Two in Central Washington.
Several of Rasmussen’s classmates from Decatur, including current Gator assistant basketball coach, Collin Sawyer, organized the celebration.
The event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday inside the Decatur High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided, as well as the opportunity to share stories about Garet and the Decatur community. The celebration will continue inside the school’s gym when the current Gators take on Lakes High School in a key South Puget Sound League 3A game.
Rasmussen was born Jan. 5, 1973, and raised in Federal Way, where he went to elementary school and junior high before graduating from Decatur in 1992.
Rasmussen married Allyson Annette Oden on Jan. 30, 2005, and the couple lived in the Wenatchee area.
Rasmussen is also survived by two children, Jostin and Jalyn Rasmussen at home; his mother and step-father, Cindy and Tim Rivera, Grants Pass, OR; his father and step-mother, Doug and Barb Rasmussen, Rogers, AR; three half-brothers, Cameron Brett, Derby, CT, Elias Brett, Los Angeles, CA, and Damon Brett, Derby, CT; one half-sister, Colette Brett, Derby CT; one step-sister, Brandi Rasmussen and one step-brother, Jacob Rasmussen, both of Red Oak, TX.Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.