Shortly after his graduation from Erath High School, Ross was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in his brain stem. After a 16 month battle for his life, Ross was called peacefully home on Friday, November 11, 2016, lovingly surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. He was a lifelong resident of Erath and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Ross was a 2015 graduate of Erath High School, where he was valedictorian. While at Erath High, he enjoyed many leadership activities as a member of the Beta Club, Math Club, and Student Council. He was crowned EHS homecoming king in 2014, and was Voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates. He also excelled in sports as a member of the football and baseball teams, holding records in both sports. He was a member of Team Louisiana Baseball, and a signee to the LSU Eunice baseball program.
During his illness, Ross devoted his time to speak with many youth groups and sports teams about the love of God, and the fortitude, commitment and dedication it takes to succeed at anything you do. He devoted time speaking to athletic teams at ULL, LSUE, and St. Thomas More among others. His unwavering faith, courage, and strength were an inspiration to all who knew him. #WUPKAR was his mantra for approaching and facing challenges: Wake Up, Pray, Kick A**, Repeat.
At Ross's request, we have founded the Ross Granger Memorial Fund. Ross's wish was that we provide scholarships for students like him, who display character and leadership in academics, athletics and especially faith. He also desired to raise money for his favorite charities , and to assist families of children who have similar diagnoses to his own.
The Granger family would like to express it's sincere thanks and gratitude to all of those who have supported us in this endeavor.