Chargers send letter to Barnes family
The above letter was sent from the Charger's organization to the family of 21-year-old Collin Barnes, an avid Chargers fan and Valley Center resident, who died in 2012 of heat stroke. photo by Courtesy photo.
July 16, 2014Collin Barnes had a dynamic personality. It is safe to say he made a lasting impression on everyone he met. His family moved from Encinitas to Valley Center in 2004 when he was in the eighth grade.
Right after moving to the area, Barnes volunteered at Ridgeview Vacation Camp. He remained actively involved in the church. He was the youth pastor for five years at Ridgeview Church in Valley Center.
In addition, Barnes was highly recognized as part of the Christian Fellowship at high school. He was also an avid baseball player at Valley Center High School.
Barnes led a full life that included a busy schedule working as a preschool teacher at Ridgeview Church in the morning and attending Palomar Community College in the afternoon. His plans were to attend San Diego State or Cal State in San Marcos to pursue goals to be a teacher.
After returning home from school in the late afternoon of Sept. 13, 2012, the 21-year-old hiked up Flat Top Mountain to watch the sunset. Due to extreme heat conditions of that day, Barnes suffered a fatal heat stroke from overexertion.
Collin is survived by his parents and his sister Nicole. At such a young age, Collin Barnes made a remarkable impact on everyone who knew him. He was loved by his family, friends, and peers and was well-received in the community as a respected role model and someone to look up to.
"Collin had a deep passion to be a pastor and hoped that God would lead him in the right direction," said his mother, Ellen Barnes.
A letter was sent from the San Diego Chargers to the Barnes family expressing sympathy for their loss.
The letter from Norv Turner of the Chargers addressed to the Barnes family reads as follows:
"Dear Barnes Family,
On behalf of the entire San Diego Chargers' family, I would like to extend our condolences for the recent loss of Collin. Collin's passion for our team and his true dedication are greatly appreciated by me and all the players and staff who have played for this team. Please know that we will take his passion and spirit with us into our games on Sundays.