FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Caleb Stevens was days away from graduating Sam Rayburn High School.
On Monday, the 18-year-old was killed in a one vehicle crash. He was going down FM 273 early Monday morning when his truck went into a ditch-- ejecting him.
"Monday morning, our family and business suffered a great loss."
Rich Riemer is the part owner of Riemer Farms, and Stevens' boss for four years.
"Caleb's best quality is that he tried hard, which made him the best at everything," Riemer said. "He cared and was never ever scared of learning or trying something new."
He said Stevens, from Ivanhoe, always went above and beyond at work and school--and he did it with a smile.
"He never knew a stranger," he said. "He had a big smile, he always had catchy things to say that would make you laugh."
Riemer said he was like a member of the family.
"My kids ask for him every day. He's helped me get ready for every birthday party and family event I've had since he was 14," Riemer said. "Most of my family ask me if he's related to me."
Stevens was working to get the funds to go to college.
"He honed in and focused on making good grades all year. He wanted to be an engineer."
His friends and family ask for Stevens to be remembered as someone who always put others first, and who lived life to the fullest with a big heart.
"Caleb will always be one of my favorites," Riemer said. "As a friend and employee, he's irreplaceable to me."
"I contacted all the truckers last night and told 'em not to be looking for him anymore," Riemer added.
The community has set up a raffle for the family. Here's a link to it: