Eric Norris' martial arts clothes were draped over a table laden with his belts and medals Friday afternoon at Mile Square Regional Park. The rest of the table featured other mementos of his 30 years: a motorcycle jacket and helmet, an acoustic guitar, photos of him with his young son.
Nearby, friends, family members and colleagues wrote about treasured moments in a memory book. A white posterboard invited attendees to post favorite photos. Under a white tent in the hot sun, a deejay spun a selection of the Westminster resident's favorite songs — heavy on Johnny Cash.
Less than two weeks after Norris died in a hit-and-run boating accident in Lake Havasu, the athletic trainer's death still felt like a shock to many of the nearly 200 people who attended his memorial service.
"Eric left a great legacy here, and his legacy is his love for others," said Terry Hairston, the owner of Team America Fitness, where Norris once worked. "We all need to honor his legacy and do the same."