Every January, CrossFit Sonora gathers to recognize local hero, Major Lucas Gruenther. “Gaza” is CrossFit’s “Hero” WOD commemorating Major Gruenther.

U.S. Air Force Major Lucas “Gaza” Gruenther, of Twain Harte, California, died Jan. 28, 2013, when his F-16 jet went down in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy. Gruenther was in the 555th Fighter Squadron where he served as an F-16 Flight Lead for the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. Gruenther is survived by his wife, Cassy; daughter, Serene, born just a week after his death; parents, Romel Mathias and Joseph Malin; brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Britton; brother, Chance Hildreth; grandmothers, Melba Mathias and Brigitta Gruenther; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Mathis and Col. Donald Gruenther.

Proceeds for the event go to the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation which provides scholarships to local students in Tuolumne County.

 

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