This is sad news, The Slottow family has been there for me on so many occasions. I will never forget the last time we were all together.
It was the start of my second season as a kayaker, Derk invited me on a march 31 run of westwater with his family.
In short, I sawm, Derk saved my ass after being in the water for 1.2 miles. They got me out above skull. That tiny guy pulled my fat ass into an eddy while paddling in a 43 gallon playboat.
Billy Keen and his r2 partner got my gear, and Luke gave me a talking to that helped me stay calm and understand it wont be the last time I swim.
I will never forget these people, and their kindness. Derk opened my eyes to kayaking, Billy and I shared turns each winter, and Luke told me that anything I did would be fine with the right intentions.
I miss these people, and live my life in their remembrance.
My thoughts are with the family, love and best wishes.