Rosemount High School senior Dalton Christopher Sherrard died on Thursday, April 11.
He was 18.
Family and friends are remembering Dalton this week with a visitation and memorial service Thursday and Friday, respectively, and those who never knew Dalton will remember his selfless gift of organ donation for many years to come.
Dalton’s father, Chris, wrote in an email that his son decided on his own to be an organ donor when he completed his driver’s license application.
His heart is expected to go to a 16-year-old boy who has been waiting for over a year for a transplant, Chris Sherrard wrote.
“They stated that he was expected to help up to 66 people,” Chris Sherrard wrote.
Also donated were Dalton’s liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines in addition to multiple tissue donations.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to LifeSource, a nonprofit dedicated to organ and tissue donation.
“He will be missed greatly by both family and friends,” Chris Sherrard wrote. “The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone for all that they have done to help the family and friends cope at this most difficult time.”
Dalton was born July 27, 1994, to Chris and Marie Sherrard in Burnsville.
He attended Parkview Elementary and Rosemount Middle School.
Dalton loved to fish, and Chris Sherrard wrote that he often “out fished” his father and his second oldest brother, who owns a boat.
He liked to spend time with his family and friends, along with playing video games and listening to music.
Chris Sherrard wrote that Dalton had an extensive knowledge of rock and roll history. His favorite bands were AC/DC and Metallica.
On Friday, the school reported that it made counselors available to students, faculty and staff members, along with specially trained personnel for students who needed special attention.
Wollersheim said it might be a student’s natural instincts to not be at school, but he encouraged students to come to school to find support among other students and staff.
“We know you will join us in our concern and sympathy for the family and others who are most affected,” Wollersheim wrote.
Dalton is survived by parents Chris and Marie; siblings Paul (Michelle), Kyle (Carrie), Cameron (Katherine), Bryce and Logan; nephews Kyle Jr. and Ethan; grandparents Charlotte Sherrard and Peter and Dolores Kloskowski as well as other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by grandfather Herbert Sherrard Sr. and brother Erich Ryan.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 County Road 42 E., Burnsville, with visitation one hour prior as well as 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, also at church.