I paddled with Xavier a few times while he was living in Colorado. To say he was an excellent boater is an understatement. When I met him he was remarkably skilled and I'm sure he's gotten much better since then, but he never showed any sign of ego. I remember him showing up at Gore in the fall, having just moved to Colorado. He had his bike, guitar, camping gear, and was full of energy, ready to check it all out.
Marshall gives me name credit for an eddy in Pyrite on Gore that I like to catch, but the truth is, I first discovered it when I saw Xavier catch it. He seemed like such a quality guy - bright, friendly, talented and charismatic. What sad and humbling news.