Zachary Paul Harder

Zachary Paul Harder

6/2/1984 – 6/10/2006

Zack, was born and raised in Roseville.  Attending schools and church, participating in sports programs, and working in his community, allowed him to develop a huge network of friends.  He was loved dearly by all who knew him as a happy-go-lucky and extremely funny person.  He had the ability to brighten everybody’s day when he was around. He was the life of every party!

Zack has one sister, Malinda, and two brothers, Tim and Steve.  A friend of ours once told us that we needed the first three to handle Zack because he was so full of energy!  He was loved by his entire family and everyone participated in helping Zack grow up into a fine young man.

Zack’s life wasn’t without its trials.  He was an ADD boy so, without much effort, he livened up every classroom he was in.  He experienced his first epileptic seizure when he was 16.  Seriously breaking his leg the summer before his senior year at Roseville High School brought his promising soccer career to an abrupt end.  A serious accident in July 2005 landed him in the hospital with a concussion and a totaled Jeep.  He bravely faced each trial and didn’t let circumstances get him down for long.

Tim and Steve were overjoyed when Zack decided to join them in Southern California in April 2006.  They loved every minute they could be with him and celebrated his 22nd birthday with him.  He left his job at Surewest Wireless in Roseville when he moved, but started immediately working for Nordstrom selling men’s shoes.  His customers loved him and his career in sales was off to a good start.

When Zack came back to Roseville to visit friends, they decided to go to the South Fork of the Yuba River on Saturday, June 10, to cool off and have some fun.  Being unfamiliar with the dangers of the river at that time of year, Zack was tragically swept away by the current at about 4:00 in the afternoon.  His body was found the following Friday evening.  His graveside and memorial services were held on July 1.  His burial was held at 10:00 a.m. at Roseville Cemetery, and his memorial celebration took place at noon at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church with over 500 people joining together to pay their respects to Zack.

Our grief at losing Zack is unbearable at times.  However, knowing that he had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ assures us that we will see him again in Heaven.  We hold that promise close to our hearts and trust that, because of who he was, we will continue to see eternal value from his life.  Memories of Zack’s fun loving attitude brighten our days as we focus on the dear son, brother, uncle and friend that he was.



Articles and Poetry about Zack:

I Danced Press Tribune 052808.pdf PressTribune 062406.pdf
Sacramento Bee  040707.pdf The Cross by the River.pdf
TheUnion 061306.pdf TheUnion 062006.pdf Zack Tribute Concert 122806.pdf

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