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Tue. July 27, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Pasco's football team has organized a fundraiser to help the family of Dan Brown, a former Pirates football player who died in an accident last weekend in Hernando County.

The team is hosting a car wash Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. at Checkers (12600 U.S. 301, Dade City) where football players and cheerleaders will wash cars for donations.

"One thing I was proud of was we have a bunch of guys and they took it upon himself to have a fundraiser to help his parents with funeral expenses," Pasco coach Tom McHugh said. "..."Dan was the kind of kid, a funny kid, that used to spend a lot of time at other peoples' homes. They've all reached out to his family."

Brown, 19, graduated from Pasco last spring. He was a two-linemen for the Pirates, and a member of the baseball team. He had a football scholarship to Defiance (Ohio) College this fall.

Brown and Steven Villarreal, 18, both died when their all-terrain vehicle crashed into a sports utility vehicle Saturday night.

McHugh said Villarreal had gone out for football as a freshman, but soon left the team to pursue other interests.

"Dan was a big fun-loving kid," McHugh said of the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder. "He liked to have a good time. His career goals were to become a police officer. He was excited about going to college and playing football. He was the kind of kid that was happy go lucky. Everyone liked him."

A viewing is planned for Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Hodges Family Funeral Home (11441 U.S. 301, Dade City). The funeral is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church (37511 Church Ave., Dade City).

igould@tampabay.com

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