CASPER - Funeral Services for Sarah Dawn Tolin, 23, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 14, at Highland Park Community Church by Rabbi Sam Wiseman of Temple Beth El. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Casper Shrine Club.
She died March 7, 2005, at her University apartment in Norman, Okla.
Born February 1, 1982, in Casper, she was the daughter of Don and Vickie (Davison) Tolin. She was raised and educated in Casper, graduating from Kelly Walsh High School in 2000. She was an honor student at Casper College before transferring to Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kans. She graduated from Neosho with an A.A. degree in Communications in 2003. She then attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman. At the time of her death, she was a senior, double majoring in sociology and history.
She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the International College Scholastic Honor Society, and a Past Honored Queen and Majority Member of Bethel No. 28, International Order of Job's Daughters. Starting with the first student council in the fourth grade, she continued to be active throughout junior high and high school. She was also in Girl Scouts, played the viola in orchestra, and participated in other organizations. After graduating high school, she began to pursue her love of travel and photography; she toured Mexico, Peru, Bulgaria, France and lived and studied in Guatemala.
An accomplished multi-sport athlete, she was best known for being the first female in Wyoming to compete against boys in high school wrestling. She also participated in volleyball, basketball, track and cross-country. She started wrestling at Centennial Junior High and wrestled at Kelly Walsh High School. She won and placed in many women's and men's tournaments across the country, becoming both a High School and College All American.
The first Wyoming female wrestler to compete nationally, she placed at Women's Cadet National Championships, the Women's Junior National Championships, the FILA Junior Women's National Championships, and medaled at the Girl's High School National Championships. In 2002 she took the silver medal at University Nationals. A two-time Girls Freestyle Wyoming State Champion, she was the first female athlete to receive the Wyoming Governor's Award for Excellence in Freestyle Wrestling, and the only Wyoming athlete to receive the Governor's Award four times.
Despite her busy schedule, she always found time to spend with her family and friends.
Survivors include her parents; her older sister, Cece of Orlando, Florida; her younger brother Josh, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney; and her youngest brother David, a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; her maternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Sid Tolin of Casper; maternal great-grandparents, Earl and Dorothy Young, Faye and Anne Barger, all of Pinedale; and her first cousin, Miguel Villanueva of Casper.
Memorials may be made to the Sarah Tolin Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 50001, Casper, WY 82605-0001.
Bustard's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.