(a member of the club) had also suggested that Derk's tattered and tabbed bible be a part of the memorial, since that bible is as famous as his legacy.
I'd like to go on record, not as one of Derk's best or closest friends, but as someone who knew him, respected him, thought he was great & such a giving, welcome breath of fresh air, as saying I don't believe this is an appropriate fate for Derk's Bible.
That Bible, for Derk, is as identifying or personal as any fallen servicemember's dog tags, and as such, should be returned/ bequeathed to those who loved him most-- his family. We can argue all day he was almost as beloved by the whitewater community as he was by his own flesh and blood, but in a serendipitous turn of circumstances, those two entities happen to be one in the same. I'm not sure how many folks realize this, but Derk was the progeny and legacy of old school lifelong whitewater paddlin' parents.... riverfolks through and through, in his blood as much as by habit and passion.
That Bible belongs to them.
It's the flag from atop his coffin.
I think it's an absolutely charmed idea to incorporate a likeness of Derk's signature WotSR into a memorial, though. I even *adore* the notion of, however a physical memorial is embodied, having a bronze replica of that book tucked somewhere along the way: if a stone bench is placed, placing the bronze Bible, affixed slightly askew at the end of the seat, as if Derk might return to it any moment, for reference or to jot down a quick note. Atop the railing for the pedestrian bridge, at the very end... Along the footpath, maybe on a small pedestal with a plaque honoring Derk's memory.
But the book itself, the original visible, legendary, dog-eared, tattered, and irreplaceable copy? That's priceless uninsurable sentimental heirloom stuff there, folks.