Lifelong Oakland resident Gehrig William Chambless passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020, at the age of 21.
He grew up on Oakland Avenue, where he was a homeschool student. He played both football and baseball for Legacy Charter High School, where he holds numerous records — including the national high school record for most triples in a game. He played college baseball for Palm Beach State and was a graduate of Valencia College, where he served as an editor and contributor to the Phoenix literary magazine.
He was passionate about the outdoors, having spent much of his life camping, hiking and canoeing all over the United States and Canada. He served as a volunteer at the Oakland Nature Preserve and was a member of multiple National Park Junior Ranger programs and avid defender of human rights causes, giving freely of his resources to the International Justice Mission and his friends who are missionaries in Africa.
After college he became a very successful entrepreneur in The Villages.
He was a member of Mosaic Church and is remembered as an extremely passionate, honorable and giving young man who loved his friends and family and whose loyalty, honesty and work ethic was admired by all who knew him.
He is survived by his mother, Sarah; his father, Jack; his brother, Gabriel; and his sister, Lauren.
His memorial service and favorite charitable causes can be found at gehrigchambless.com