SPOKANE, Wash. --- On Saturday, friends, family and the community came together to remember John Oakley.
The memorial service was a dedication to an educator and coach who truly touched a lot of people. Oakley will be remembered as a father, husband, friend, teacher and coach. As well, as the many other roles he has played in the lives of others.
"It's kinda cool to see the different parts of how dad touched people's lives,” said Aaron Oakley, John’s son.
Aaron was joined by his family and dozens of other people to say good bye to Oakley.
Aaron said his father would have wanted people to be happy and celebrate his life.
"He's tell everybody to get out of here and go have fun, go party. That's kind of why we wanted to make sure people knew if you come dressed up great, but come causal, come in something that reminds you of him,” said Aaron Oakley.
John's family, friends, colleagues and students have filled the Sacajawea Middle School gym. pic.twitter.com/sNE24QcLPk— Alexa Block (@KREMAlexa) November 19, 2016
The Sacajawea Middle School gym was filled with people for the service. Some of the people even wore sports jerseys to honor Oakley.
Oakley was described as being a brave and honest man, things that helped him fight ALS for as long as he could.
Aaron said his father’s battle with the disease showed him an important lesson, he hopes people will take away.
"When you get knocked down, how do you pick yourself up and how do you move on from that,” commented Aaron.