”Kevin was a very special individual who epitomized the camaraderie, the skills, the tenacity of what turned out to be an extraordinary team this summer,” said Crabs President Randy Robertson. “He touched every one of us with his joy, his lust for life. We're not going to let him go without saying goodbye and thank you for a brilliant summer”
The Crabs said the response they've gotten from fans has been overwhelming.
”We're even getting cards and letters from fans, especially youngsters, who never even met Kevin personally,” said Crabs board member John Fesler. “We've had e-mails from our opponents. The response is phenomenal.”
The Crabs ask that those fans with stories about Kevin Morsching come prepared to tell those stories at his celebration.
”We're deeply saddened by Kevin's death,” said Robinson, “but we want to celebrate his wonderful gifts and the joy he brought to all of us. We only had Kevin for nine weeks, but we want to cherish every minute. He touched all of us.”
The Crabs will offer light refreshments to everyone who attends the celebration. The World Famous Crab Grass Band, a particular favorite of Kevin's, will entertain during the evening, playing some of Morsching's favorites.
Morsching succumbed after nearly a week in a drug induced coma. Doctors had declared him brain dead late last week, and the family was debating when to remove life support when the young man, who friends and relatives say never, ever gave up, finally let go.
Kevin's younger brother, Kirby, said he believes Kevin relieved the family of the burden of making such a difficult decision and made the decision himself.
The young man's father, Kevin Morsching, Sr. reported that the South Dakota State women's volleyball team had returned from matches in Washington late Sunday night and went immediately to Kevin's bedside rather then return to the university. Kevin's girlfriend is a member of the team. She, and her teammates, were beside Kevin when he died.
”Of all of the teams we play every summer, there is not one that has the fan support and the community devotion of the Humboldt Crabs,” Robertson said. “We hope that the 30,000 fans who were thrilled by the 2007 edition of the Crabs will join us in celebrating one of the most extraordinary young men we have ever had the pleasure of seeing in a Crabs uniform.
”We want the fans to help us say, 'Thank you, Kevin, we love you, too.'”