Fresno State honored the memory of Mikey Terrones at the Nov. 15 football game with an on-field recognition of his family from the Santa Barbara County community of Lompoc. Dr. Peter N. Smits, Fresno State Vice President for Advancement, far left in photo above, accompanied family members onto the field. They are, from left, Mikey’s father Michael Terrones, his grandmother Elsie Cortez, brother Cooper, and mother Cheryl Hiatt.
The family represented the Lompoc High School teen whose stated dream was to attend and play for Fresno State. But he lost his life in a car crash three years ago as a sophomore. The family established a toy drive in Mikey’s memory to help less fortunate youngsters
About 20 family and friends made the journey from Lompoc Saturday and enjoyed Bulldog Boulevard prior to the game as well as attended the Fresno State Alumni Association tailgate where they met University President John D. Welty. It was the first college football game experience for the family.
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