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Old 06-06-2012   #31
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Originally Posted by KPUMP View Post
He loved you very much Dave Hall and could never stop talking about what a good friend you are and how you could bring him to tears laughing. So glad we got to experience Cinco de Davio with you. We have a rough road ahead but I appreciate your support to make it through.

This is my favorite picture ever of him. Can you please find out who took the picture of him so i can get it emailed and some copies made for his family? I think they would really like it.
We're on it Kpump. We all love you.

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Old 06-06-2012   #32
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After several invites, I am ashamed to say that I've never been rafting with my best friend. Some way or another, "life" always got in the way. Jon lived for it and I never got to share it with him.
Geoff - You are always welcome on my boat! If you can make it out here, JB's Colorado friends will take care of you. He will be there in spirit and you will be sharing it with him.

We would all love to meet you and share our favorite memories and hear yours around the campfire with a beer... I mean beers!


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
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Old 06-06-2012   #33
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Here's wishing you blue skys, a warm down river breeze, a good dog and cold beer, camp is just around the corner... May Jon's family and friends find comfort and peace...
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Old 06-06-2012   #34
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Reading these posts certainly helps. I know my rivertrips were better bc JB was there. He made every day special and told his friends he loved them. He was absolutely head over heels for Karen whom he lovingly called KPUMP. yes, it was based on the raft pump and you know we had a few laughs every time we topped off the tubes.

JB made up sayings that everyone picked up over the course of a trip. He could quote the honey badger and trailer park boys at the most appropriate times. His body language and subtle little mannerisms would crack you up. I'm smiling just thinking about this guy.

He put his beloved black lab, Morgan, down a few months back. JB found Morgan abandoned at a truck stop in Mississippi. He turned him into a river dog and would always adjust the Paco pad for his comfort. When Morgan drooled on our Dutch ovens and shook his slobber all over us he'd say "you're a good boy! Yes you are!". They were a funny pair.

I already miss him so much and can't thank everyone enough. He made my life better and it's obvious he did that for lots of other people.

My heart goes out to KPUMP and his family.
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Old 06-06-2012   #35
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I had the pleasure of boating with him a couple of times.
I'm very sorry to hear of his passing, and my condolences to his friends and family.
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label
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Old 06-06-2012   #36
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A video

I found this video from warm springs. JB took his big banana boat and ran the meat. We dubbed running the meat as the "JB line" for the rest of the trip. I think he was embarrassed bc he was always such a safe boater and prided himself on taking conservative lines.

Other folks on the trip are all on this thread. It was epic running the yampa at 14k.
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Old 06-07-2012   #37
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I am so sorry for everyone involved and impacted. My condolences to the family on the loss.
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Old 06-07-2012   #38
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Rest In Peace
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Old 06-07-2012   #39
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Old 06-07-2012   #40
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I hope all of his friends and family are comforted during these times, I feel a sense of loss as what is the difference between one of my friends, and your friend that you lost? I don't know, but I do know that we are all connected, and sharing the love of life is incredible.

The dog comments bring tears to my eyes, a guy that would accept his dog for all of the dog things that so many others are bothered by. He must have had a heart of gold.

I hope Karen you find solace in all of this, I lost a loved one unexpectedly this past winter and it is horrible. But pain has a season and the season will pass. Best wishes, Laura

I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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