|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1989|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 2007|
Joshua Wayne "Josh" Fant, 18, a student at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Baptist Church. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wiley Funeral Home.
Memorials: Josh Fant Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 400, Granbury, Texas 76048.
Josh was born Feb. 28, 1989, in Weatherford to Jesse and Anita Rodriguez Fant. He graduated from Granbury High School in 2007 and was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. In 2006, he was an honorable mention pitcher in District 4-5A. In 2007, he was named a second team all-district pitcher.
Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe Rodriguez of Granbury, 1997, Jane Rodriguez of Granbury, 2000, Mary Pearl Fant of Weatherford, 2006, and Rochelle Fant of Granbury, 1974.
Survivors: Parents, Jesse and Anita Fant of Granbury; brothers, Justin Fant and Jacob Fant, both of Granbury; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/31/2007.
Former Pirate pitcher dies (Posted Wed 08:54 pm)
Former Granbury Pirate pitcher Josh Fant died Wednesday night at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth after suffering a heat stroke Monday during the first day of baseball workouts for North Central Texas College in Gainesville.
Fant, a freshman who was trying to walk on to the team, was running during a practice and collapsed. After being CareFlited to Harris in Fort Worth Monday, a family member said several attempts were made to give him a kidney dialysis.
Fant helped the Pirates reach the 5A playoffs the past two seasons, primarily as a pitcher and designated hitter. He outdueled Weatherford pitcher Zack Britton--now in the Baltimore Orioles' organization--in a key District 4-5A contest during the 2006 season.
Survivors include his parents and two older brothers.
Ex-Granbury High pitcher dies after collapsing from heat
10:14 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
By EMILY TSAO / The Dallas Morning News
A former Granbury High School baseball pitcher died Wednesday night after suffering heat stroke during workouts at North Central Texas College.
Josh Fant, 18, a freshman and former Granbury High School pitcher, collapsed Monday during the college's first baseball practice for the school year at the Gainesville campus, said Condoa Parrent, college vice president of student services.
The players had taken turns throwing about 30 pitches before rotating to the outfield. "It was nothing real strenuous," said Dr. Parrent.
Players were nearing the end of practice and jogging when Mr. Fant bent down on one knee, Dr. Parrent said. As others came to his assistance, he collapsed.
Mr. Fant was taken indoors where he was iced down and 911 was called, Dr. Parrent said. He was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he died about 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.
Mr. Fant's high school baseball coach Pat Watson learned of the incident from his former players Monday evening. Mr. Fant had played on the varsity team for three years and pitched in district playoff games the last two.
Many of the Granbury baseball players know Mr. Fant and coach Watson said the mood at the high school was somber. He said the school has been providing updates for Mr. Fant's friends.
He remembers Mr. Fant as someone who did not give up easily. "When something did go bad, he would find a way to fight back and prove himself," Mr. Watson said.
Friends left numerous postings on his MySpace page, offering him words of support and encouragement. One friend wrote: "hey man i hope you get better i heard what happened. im prayin for ya."
Ex-Granbury High pitcher dies after collapse
STAR-TELEGRAM 8/29/2007 11:13 PM
Former Granbury High School pitcher Josh Fant died Wednesday evening at Harris Methodist Fort Worth after collapsing Monday during baseball workouts at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, authorities said.
Fant helped Granbury into the Class 5A playoffs last season by going 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched.
He was selected to the District 4-5A second team.
His death was confirmed by the medical examiner's office.
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