USA Curling's head ice technician loses cancer battle

July 02, 2009, 10:43 a.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - USA Curling Head Ice Technician Garland Legacie passed away Tuesday evening after a nearly four-year battle with cancer. Legacie, 53, died at his home in rural Edmore, N.D., surrounded by family and the fields he farmed when not pursuing his curling passion.

USA Curling also lost its president to cancer recently. Chris Moore, who was elected president in April 2008, passed away in February.

Legacie was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in June 2005, and had surgery shortly thereafter.  He was in and out of treatment many times since then. It was discovered that the cancer had spread throughout his body less than three weeks ago, and doctors advised that he would not survive additional surgeries or chemotherapy. At that time, Legacie returned home to be with his family and friends on the North Dakota prairie.

Legacie became the head ice technician for USA Curling in June 2006 and worked diligently on the ice at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in February in Colorado despite his weakened condition.  He could not be persuaded to be anywhere else, stating that working on the ice was the best therapy he could get.

Legacie was a certified Level I World Curling Federation icemaker. He made the ice at more than 15 North Dakota state championships, 10 national championships, and one world championship.

Legacie and his wife, Jan, won the U.S. Mixed National Championship title together in 2001. Garland also competed in seven U.S. Men's National Championships.

Jan Legacie is a USA Curling board member representing the North Dakota region. Her father passed away just weeks ago. The couple also has three daughters-Jade, Jesa and Brooke.

More information about Legacie's cancer fight can be found on his CaringBridge site,

Moore (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) lost his battle with cancer on the eve of the Olympic Trials, Feb. 20. A legacy fund was established in his honor to help support the growth of curling.

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