Zach Green made friends quickly, had an infectious laugh, and was loved by all who knew him, his parents said.
“Zach’s greatest gift was his personality,” said his father, Kevin Green. “He made friends quickly, and in droves. Zach was cool. We all wished to be as cool as Zach.”
His mother, Sandra Green, agreed.
“Zach’s values were he worked hard, played hard and treated people well,” she said.
Zachary Green, 25, of Valparaiso, died Feb. 27. He worked for Small Business Transportation, Valparaiso. He was a 2006 graduate of Wheeler High School and a 2011 graduate of Indiana University.
He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Sandra Green, and his younger brother, Jordan, in addition to numerous other family and friends.
Kevin Green said his son was an extraordinary athlete and played baseball, basketball and football throughout his school years.
“Zach began what became a top athletic career almost as soon as he could walk,” he said. “He could throw a perfect spiral with a soft Chicago Bears football he received as a toddler, and played basketball on a child-sized hoop.”
He played on Little League, AAU and high school teams.
“As a junior, he decided to join the football team and despite never playing before, immediately became the starting wide receiver, punter and place kicker,” he said. “As a senior he made all-conference in football.”
Sandra Green said her son was laid-back and funny and had a love of life.
“He lived life fully,” she said. “Even though he was laid back and funny, he had serious long-term goals for his life.”
Kevin Green said after his son’s accident, countless people came to be by his side and tell him how much they loved him. He said the family takes solace in the thought of him being an organ donor and helping to save other lives.
“Sandra and I taught Zach much about life, but I think he taught us even more,” he said. “He showed us how to live life fully and with an unbridled joy.”