Atoka's Tarrin Snow continues to make an impact even after his passing
ATOKA, Okla. (KTEN) - There's a saying, "Our lives aren't measured in years, but they're measured in the lives of the people we touch around us."
Tarrin Snow's friends and family would agree that his life embodied that statement.
November 12, 2021 is a day Tarrin's parents will never forget.
"Wade came in probably about eight or so 8:30, and we just went to bed," said Tarrin's mom Dorris Snow. "Wade told him he said, 'Why don't you go home, and I'll come back tomorrow and help you?' He said, 'No, Dad, I want to go duck hunting.'"
"It looked like one of the jacks that he was working on had slipped off while he was doing the work," Tarrin's dad Wade Snow said. "My wife came out, just woke up, and just felt like something was wrong. It was nearly 11 o'clock, and she ran out here and she seen his legs underneath there. She came in the house screaming, hollering hysterically. I got up. I ran out here and found him and had to get the jack out from underneath the truck and get it off of him. I guess that was kind of the end of the worst day of our life."
Tarrin played basketball, football and competed in track. He was a state champion in high jump, and his jersey number is now retired on the basketball court and the football field.
However, to everyone who knew Tarrin, he was much more than just an athlete.
"He was always smiling. He was great to be around," said Atoka head football coach Jacob Cupp. "Football was probably the least of his good attributes. Don't get me wrong — he was a great player — but bigger than that, he was an even better person."
Tarrin's parents started a scholarship dedicated in his name, Tarrin Snow's Dream Scholarship. Two recent graduates of Atoka High School were each awarded $1,000.
One of them is ECU football commit and close friend and teammate of Tarrin's, Andre Cheadle. Now Tarrin's memory and athletic dreams can live right here through Norris Field at East Central University.
"Personally, I'm just trying to do everything I can to make him proud of me," Cheadle said. "I know he's looking over all his friends right now and praying and hoping they take the right path. I'm hoping and praying he takes me down the right path with football."
Abbie Adams was the second winner of the scholarship, having known Tarrin since kindergarten. Adams will be attending Murray State College in the fall.
"I just want to keep his attitude about everything. He always had a positive attitude, and I just want to keep that throughout my journey at Murray," Adams said.
Tarrin might not physically be here, but for his family, his presence is never absent.
"I can look around in a smile, in the wind, in the breeze, in a sunny day on the lake, you see him," said Tarrin's brother-in-law Chase Masters. "You feel him everywhere you go. I see him more now than I ever did before."