Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
The funeral for Denton Guyer student-athlete teen Nate Maki was held Thursday morning, just hours before his teammates suit up and take the field for their first game.
The funeral for Denton Guyer student-athlete Nathan Maki was held in Argyle on Thursday.
Family and friends, including much of Guyer's varsity football team, gathered at Cross Timbers Church at 11 a.m.
The students and faculty in attendance were all granted excused absences, allowing them to attend the service.
"Nate was a person who would do everything on the field," said Denton school district spokesman Mario Zavala.
"He would get you the block you need, he would get you the catch you need to get the first down, and that really transpired into his life," he said. "He would do anything he needed to do to make everybody feel like they were special."
Maki's body was found in a pickup truck that was parked in a field in Bowie on Saturday in what police are calling a tragic accident.
Maki and 17-year-old Michael Underwood were camping out for the night before going dove hunting the next morning, Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said. At some point, a rifle held by Underwood discharged and a bullet struck Maki in the head, killing him.
Thursday evening, the Guyer football team, of which Maki was a member, plans to honor the teen's family with a jersey presentation and a video montage during the game.
The booster club has set up an account at Northstar Bank for anyone who wants to make a donation to Maki's family.
NBC 5's Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.