EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A pair of memorials in Eagle Point allowed the community to celebrate the life of Nick Sell. Sell died last week during a Marine training near Palm Springs.
Members of the Eagle Point community said everyone knows the Sell family and everyone was saddened by 21-year-old Nick’s death last week.
To honor his life, the community came together at the Butte Creek Mill on Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of people attended the Celebration of Life at the Mill on Thursday.
Butte Creek Mill owner and Eagle Point Mayor Bob Russell said it was important to give the community a chance to come together to support each other and Sell’s family. He said Thursday’s event showed that everyone in the small town was touched by Nick’s life in some way, and the celebration allowed them to share stories and remember his life.
“Well it always tugs at my heart because that’s one of the beauties of a small community like this, we stick together and people love one another here and they take care of each other,” said Eagle Point Mayor Bob Russell.
Sell served 7 months in Afghanistan during his time with the Marines. At home in Eagle Point, he was active with the Boy Scouts, and helped mentor several scouts over the years. When he was deployed, those scouts sent thousands of care packages to Sell and other Marines in his unit.