TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The College of Southern Idaho’s gymnasium was filled today, not of fans to cheer on the Golden Eagles but to celebrate the life and legacy of Heidi Cartisser.
Heidi Cartisser was the Golden Eagles head volleyball coach. She passed away suddenly in her sleep on Dec. 19 at the age of 44 due to a heart condition.
The audience was a mixture of family, friends, and players past and present, members of the volleyball community and those who Heidi impacted during her life. There was not a dry eye on the floor or in the stands.
"There is no doubt that Heidi left behind a coaching legacy and she will be missed tremendously," said Heidi's younger sister Kimbra Combe.
Heidi’s sister Kimbra gave the life sketch.
"Heidi received an amazing opportunity when the head volleyball position opened up at the College of Southern Idaho. CSI was more than just Heidi's alma mater, it was one of her dream jobs and the idea of being able to stay home in Idaho close to family made this job the perfect fit," Kimbra said.
Heidi’s brother Curt along with Kimbra shared stories of Heidi from their childhood to the night before she passed.
They shared four words they though Heidi only said to them, but rather a compassion she shared with everyone, I love you more.
"And my most favorite thing that she would always say is, I love you more,” Kimbra said.
"I thought that she just did that to me when I was on the phone. But then I noticed there was a Facebook post that someone had said that she always said I love you more. I love you, I love you more. And we started talking about that and we found out she did that to everyone. She did that to so many people,” Curt said.
As pallbearers removed the casket from the gym everyone held up the infamous one finger, just as Heidi did when it was the final point of a set, but also a metaphor for life, to keep going.
"She will be missed in the gym, the halls, the locker rooms, and throughout the athletic conference. There is no where she will be missed more than in her own home," Kimbra said.
Heidi leaves behind her loving husband Jim, who coached beside her and their five children: Cody, Canyon, Cason, Cailey and Carli.
Her legacy as a Golden Eagle will not be forgotten.