Memorial unveiled to honor Justin Garza

Joaquin Garza, Justin's son, standing next to his fathers new memorial. 

Central Unified School District took time before tonight's home opener to honor coach Justin Garza with the unveiling of a new memorial.

Garza passed away in February after several years of battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

After his passing, coaches, staff, family and friends raised more than $9000 for a new granite memorial that sits outside of the home locker rooms at Koligian Stadium.

"It was touching, and it was a fitting moment for all the difficult times we went through, with him and his family. Ultimately I think it will be something we will be proud of," said Jack Kelejian, longtime friend, and Assistant Superintended of Central Unified.

Surrounded by friends and family, the new memorial was unveiled. Garza's son, Joaquin also threw the coin toss before Friday's home opener.

“It was full of memories, and walking on the field. This is where we loved to be as a family on a Friday night," said Regina Garza, Justin's wife.

Garza coached and taught at schools around the Central Valley for more than twenty years, spending most of his time at Central High.

During his fight, Garza advocated for people to "Stand for More" and helped get more than 2,000 people to register to be blood, and bone marrow donors.

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