Friends, family celebrate life of Coppell student who drowned

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

WFAA

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM

IRVING – Friends and family gathered Monday at a private church service to say goodbye to 17-year-old Jacob Logan, the Coppell High football standout who drowned a week ago at Possum Kingdom Lake.            

The family asked people to wear a blue shirt, the colors of Jacob’s favorite college, the University of Kentucky. 

Even his pastor gladly complied.

“One of the aspects of that was, they didn’t want the preacher dressed up in a black suit and black tie and looking all somber,” said Pastor Andy McQuitty of the Irving Bible Church.

The last thing the family wanted today, McQuitty said, was a somber service. So he planned a celebration of a life well lived. And the eulogy given by Jacob’s brother, Daniel, was the highlight for many.

“Hearing it come from his heart because he really was the closest one to Jacob in there, because he’s his brother and he’s grown up with him that’s the part that moved me the most,” said Jacob’s former teammate Gavin McDaniel.            

Logan had been missing for five days, after diving from a cliff into Possum Kingdom Lake. During the week, the community rallied behind the Logans and showed their love for Jacob with a vigil at Friday night’s football game.

Pastor McQuitty hopes the lesson of Jacob’s life will continue to inspire his friends.

“We believe it is wise for us to live in the reality and perspective of our impending death.  Not in some sort of depressive way.  But to motivate us to live each day that we have to the full.  And to make good choices. And to leave a legacy” McQuitty said.

Part of that legacy is the last tweet Jacob Logan ever wrote, now posted at the family‘s home: “Job, sports, and people will fail you. God will not. He is a righteous savior that has not and will never fail you.”

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