Archie Gargaetas

stands out to Trone

One of the things that has always made Del Norte High special is the great fan support that all our athletic teams have had.

It is impossible to recognize everyone, but there have been a few that will always stand out in my memory.

Archie Gargaetas is one of those.If you went to a Warrior game you could expect to see Archie there. Attendance at contests was only a small part of his support for our youth.

Before his retirement, he had a Chevron Station on H Street. This was much more than a place to have your vehicle taken care of. Any youth group that needed a place for a fund raiser could count on Archie.

He always had time for individual kids too. Recently, I was talking to a young adult raised in Crescent City. He told me when he was a young lad he used to ride his bicycle into Archie's station. Archie would come out, check his tires, go over his bike and make him feel special. He was never too busy to make a kid feel good.

Archie would have graduated in 1944, but prior to graduation he joined the Marines.While in school he played for andquot;The Coachandquot; Ed Fraser at Del Norte High. I know he was a good basketball player, as I was able to play recreation league basketball with and against him after I graduated.

Speaking as an avid Niners fan, I find only one fault with Archie. He was a loyal fan of the purple people eaters, the Minnesota Vikings.

One only had to drive by his home to see the truth in this. A trip past his home would also show his dedication to the Marine Corps.

I was present at the basketball game when they dedicated the seat in the bleachers where Archie always sat and marked it special so it would always be there for him.

This was a fitting tribute.

Support for the youth of this community was only a part of his local involvement. He was a leader in the Crescent City volunteer Fire Department for many years. This continued right up to the time of his passing.

When talking to Dottie, Archie's wife, you could feel the love and respect she had for her husband. He was a great husband, a great father, and a great grandfather.

This is a short story from the grandfather part of his life: When I was coaching at the high school I had one of his grandkids on our football team. Greg Yeager was that young man. During my 35 years coaching at the high school and junior college levels there are very few individual plays that I remember. Greg made a play that I still think of as andquot;The Tackle.andquot;

We were playing at Fortuna and had just come from three touchdowns down to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.

As Fortuna was trying to make a comeback, on their last play they ran a reverse that looked good, except there was Greg, who made a spectacular open field tackle to preserve our victory.

Thank you Archie and Greg for some great memories.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring. Currently, he is head coach of the South Coast Storm semi-pro football team, formerly called the Siskiyou Savages.