The Great American Rivalry Series is sponsored by the United States Marines and is in the 15th year of highlighting high school rivalry games across the nation. The Ferndale vs. Lynden game is one of one-hundred games chosen for inclusion in the series this year.
“This is a great opportunity for us to highlight our tremendous program,” says Eric Tripp. “But really, it is much more than that. Part of the focus of this series is honoring alumni and, in his case, someone who served our country.”
When Tripp was asked to provide the name of a service member from Ferndale High School, Daniel Bartle came to mind.
Daniel was a Football Player, Chess and Spanish Club Member, Math Enthusiast, and Power Lifter at Ferndale High School. He was the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and Class Valedictorian in 2002. After graduating from Ferndale High School, Daniel went on to the Naval Academy where he graduated in 2006. Dan was a Marine Captain and a talented Helicopter Pilot. He was a natural leader and highly accomplished young pilot serving our country.
Dan died in 2012 at the age of 27 while on a mission in Afghanistan.
Media reports from the time of Captain Bartle’s passing include quotes from (then) Ferndale Mayor Jensen who shared the pride of our community and sorrow for the loss of a tremendous young man.
Tonight, Ferndale fans will have another opportunity to remember Captain Bartle amidst a sea of Blue & Gold. To the Bartle family – your community thanks you for allowing us to honor Daniel tonight. We will never forget his legacy and his sacrifice.