Adina Christine Garcia-Premer was born to Victor and Trinidad Garcia on July 22nd, 1972 in Denver, Colorado. She was the second of five children in a vibrant, loving family. Throughout her childhood her parents and siblings knew her to be a diligent student and a passionate athlete, especially in her favorite sport of volleyball.
Adina attended the University of Northern Colorado where she pursued a degree in teaching during the school year and worked out of state selling books each summer. In spite of her accomplishments she was overcome by a sense of need. During this time she encountered the words of the Lord Jesus:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
This was a hard message for her because she wanted to come to Him on her own account and on her own terms. He asked her to come as she was. In time she yielded and placed her hope and trust in Him.
At the university Adina also met a young man named Brent. Over the course of several years they became close friends and eventually more. They were married on September 23rd, 1994 and welcomed four children into their family over the next ten years.
After graduating Adina taught briefly before making the difficult decision to devote herself completely to her growing family at home. Her husband and children were blessed by this devotion and the continual sacrifice it required.
Outside of the home Adina continued to pursue her love of volleyball both as a teammate and coach. As a teammate she craved long rallies and good competition more than winning, so much so that she would nearly always lose track of the score. As a coach she had a keen insight into the strengths of each player and how to use them for the benefit of the team. She was passionate about helping young players grow in both skill and character.
Adina had a heart for people and invested deeply in many relationships. She was a dear friend and a strong counselor.
In April of 2018 Adina suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. She survived but never fully recovered. Her heart became more and more weak until she had no option left but a heart transplant. She underwent the procedure in July of 2022 but it did not go well. She suffered numerous complications and, in spite of a monumental effort undertaken by countless doctors and nurses, she continued to decline. Early in the morning on August 19th, 2023 Adina died at home with her husband and children by her side.
Adina is survived by her husband, Brent Premer; her children, Keilah Hansen, Cade Premer, Grace Premer, and Rowan Premer; her siblings, Gabe Garcia, Hope Luttrell, Sophia Garcia, and Daniel Garcia. Adina was preceded in death by her parents, Victor Garcia and Trinidad Garcia.
A memorial service will be held for Adina:
Sunday, August 27th at 3:00 PM
2101 Gay St, Longmont, CO 80501
Here is a link for the address in Google maps:
Here is a YouTube livestream link that should go live just before the memorial begins. It should also be available after the service for anyone who cannot join at the time of the event.