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Crash claims life of Warrior's Weekend volunteer of year

By BY CATY HIRST ANDSONNY LONG - CHIRST@VICAD.COM AND SLONG@VICAD.COM
Aug. 1, 2012 at 3:01 a.m.
Updated Aug. 2, 2012 at 3:02 a.m.

Shannon Fisher, 40, of Goliad, died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning. A former U.S. Marine, he volunteered at Warrior's Weekend regularly and was named volunteer of the year in 2011.

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He was always there.

That's what family and friends remembered most about Shannon Fisher, 40, of Goliad, who died in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning.

"He is going to be missed by all his family and friends," his wife, Sabrena Fisher, said. "Like going to family functions, he made everybody laugh. He could recite almost every movie he had seen and make you laugh when he would say it back to you."

A graduate of Stroman High School, the son, husband, father, friend and former Marine worked at Testengeer for Dow Chemical, when he wasn't volunteering for Warrior's Weekend.

Ron Kocian, the founder of Warrior's Weekend, said Fisher was "always there" for the organization. Fisher and his wife were named volunteers of the year for 2011.

"I kind of describe him as a gentle giant," Kocian said. "He was always there working. Our big events usually take place in pretty warm weather, and he would be out there, sweat dripping from head to toe. He didn't say much. You would not even know he was there, unless you saw him working, which he always was."

His friend and coworker at Dow, Jason Hoover, said he "could always count" on Fisher to be there or to just hang out.

"You will not find anyone to say anything bad about Shannon," Hoover said. "He was a super smart guy, very intelligent, very outgoing. He always made sure things got done right the first time."

Hoover's daughter, Bridgette Harp, was the first person to see the wreck Wednesday morning when she was driving home.

"After she called 9-1-1, she called us and then her husband," Hoover said. "I was just in shock. We just couldn't believe it was real. They were there and the paramedics said it was obvious he didn't make it."

Fisher was traveling east on Farm-to-Market Road 622 when his 2009 Chevrolet pickup left the roadway, crossed Berger Road and struck a tree, according to a Department of Public Safety report.

Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:36 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Richard Castillo, according to the report.

"Victoria Fire Department Emergency Medical Services responded to the call at 11:54 p.m. and found Fisher, the only occupant of the vehicle, partially ejected from the truck," said Battalion Chief Shannon Martin.

He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the DPS report.

Fisher is survived by his wife, son, two step-daughters, a brother, a sister and his father.

Sabrena Fisher said her husband was always giving to others - donating his time and money. She said he gave blood just days before he died.

"He was hardworking, he was involved with his community and involved with Warrior's Weekend," she said. "He put many, many hours into Warrior's Weekend."

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