Jarrett Lane

Jarrett Lane

Hometown: Narrows, Va.

Age: 22

Class: Senior

Major: Civil Engineering

Profile: When Donald Lowe, the athletic director at Narrows High School, thinks of Jarrett Lee Lane, one thing comes to mind right off: "that smile."

Lowe coached Lane in football, one of the four sports that the high school valedictorian lettered in before making the short trip southeast to the college he always dreamed of attending, Virginia Tech.

"He had a great smile, a tall one," Lowe said.

With a population of 2,000, Narrows had few people who hadn't heard of Jarrett Lane. He had played football, basketball and tennis and had run track; the hurdles was his best event.

He was a senior majoring in civil engineering.

His family declined to comment yesterday on his death but issued a statement through a funeral home director in Narrows.

"All of us are deeply stunned and in shock over the loss of our son, grandson and brother, Jarrett Lee Lane," the statement read. "He was a fun-loving young man, full of spirit. He had a caring heart and was a friend to everybody he met, both at Virginia Tech and here in Narrows. We are leaning on God's grace in these trying hours and appreciate all the prayers, expressions of sympathy and thoughts."

Steve Brady, assistant principal at Narrows High, said Lane played in the band, too.

"He was doing exactly what he wanted to do," Brady said. "He wanted to go to Virginia Tech, and he wanted to make everyone proud of him and, I mean, he has."

"I tell you what, he was a quiet leader. You never heard him complain, never heard him say anything negative," Lowe said.

When the football team ran laps, it was Lane who was always leading the pack, his coach said. When it came time to run gut-busting wind sprints at the end of each practice, no player ran as hard from start to finish as Lane.

Lowe was emotional while talking about Lane, saying at one point he was afraid that he might say something that wouldn't live up to the life his former player lived.

He gathered himself for a moment and said: "He is the kind of son you would like to have, that you would be proud of. But words won't do his life justice. They just won't."

-- Timothy Dwyer, The Washington Post


From the family of Jarrett Lane:
Jarrett Lee Lane, 22, was loved not just by his family, but by the whole town of Narrows, VA. Raised by his mom, Tracey Lane, his grandmother, Nancy Morgan, and two older sisters, Alicia and Fawntane, with the help of numerous other people in this small town.

Jarrett was a one-of-a-kind person. How anyone had the time to do all the things Jarrett did is unbelievable. During his time at Narrows High School Jarrett maintained a 4.0 GPA while excelling in football, basketball, tennis, and track. He received multiple academic and athletic honors throughout his high school career. In 2003, Jarrett was valedictorian of his class at NHS and also a graduate of Southwest Virginia Governor's School in Dublin, Va.

In Fall of 2003 Jarrett continued pursuing his dream of being an engineer at Virginia Tech. As a Hokie Jarrett took pleasure in cheering on his classmates at football and basketball games. As part of his active social life, Jarrett played intramural sports and was a member of Cru, a campus ministry. Jarrett also enjoyed his time as an intern for VT Site and Infrastructure Development and also working with parking services. But more than anything Jarrett enjoyed his engineering classes and was set to graduate May of 2007. Jarrett was accepted into the Coastal Engineering Graduate program of University of Florida, where he was offered an assistantship.

Even though Jarrett took great pride in being a Hokie and loved his years at Virginia Tech, he always made time for his friends and family in Narrows. Jarrett spent numerous weekends in his hometown visiting family, attending First Baptist Church where he was a member, and playing sports with high school friends. He had an amazing ability to not take himself too seriously, but always took life and friendships seriously. He always took the time to talk to people and care for them while sharing God's love.

Jarrett will be missed more than words can express. He is survived by his mother, Tracey Lane, maternal grandmother, Nancy Morgan, sisters Alicia Farrell and her husband Daniel, Fawntane Shepherd, her husband Roger and their children Landon, Kennedy, and Kaydance. He is also survived by maternal grandfather Robert Morgan of Comer, GA, uncle Lloyd Morgan of Savannah, GA, paternal grandmother, Shelby Lane of Princeton, WV, and numerous other uncles, aunts, and cousins. His friends and family cherish all of your thoughts and prayers as they try to re-adjust to life without his amazing presence.

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