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Old 12-11-2017, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default A sad anniversary and a reminder to be careful around the fire pit

As some of you may remember from a long ago post, eight years ago this weekend we had a tragedy at the lease that cost the life of one of our members. Marcus was 68 years old and though in declining health, loved to spend time at the lease. He didn't actually hunt much anymore but loved "camp life" and was the kind of guy who you could count on for anything. He was a great friend, a true gentleman and "West Texas" to the core. That Friday night everyone went to bed pretty early (I was not there that weekend) but Marcus stayed up by himself as usual, stoking a roaring fire and watching the stars. Saturday morning the fellas got up to hunt and found he had died during the night and his body was in the fire pit. As you might imagine it was a shocking and traumatic experience for all who were there - compounded by the mystery of wondering what had actually happened. (He was not drinking, in case you were wondering) The coroner told his widow that he found evidence of a heart attack but I've since learned that was likely to make her feel he didn't suffer. The investigator later told me he most likely tripped over the rocks around the pit and lost his balance.

That lease group has since disbanded - while still friends, none of us hunt together anymore. This weekend however, we will gather around a fire and lift one in Marcus's memory. Be careful out there folks, and make sure to stop and savor every moment you share with friends in the outdoors.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:47 AM   #2
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I remember, RIP sir!
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:55 AM   #3
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Sorry for your loss. RIP
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:57 AM   #4
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Man I remember.

Thatís tough. Prayers for all affected.


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Old 12-11-2017, 10:59 AM   #5
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I remember the thread too. What year was that? Prayers sent for all.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:00 AM   #6
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I too remember this tragic accident.

Prayers for his family and friends.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:02 AM   #7
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Wow...tragic. Sorry to hear this.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:05 AM   #8
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My eyes filled as I read this. I have no words. RIP Mr. Marcus and may your gathering heal some long open wounds. God Bless all of you.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:06 AM   #9
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Prayers for all of you.


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Old 12-11-2017, 11:07 AM   #10
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RIP Marcus. Prayers for all who love and remember him.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:09 AM   #11
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I remember that thread, does not seem like it was that long ago.
Terrible for all involved and a hard one to get over im sure of that.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:21 AM   #12
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prayers and support sent for all affected by this tragedy RIP Marcus
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:43 AM   #13
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Wow! So sad!
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:51 AM   #14
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Man, that's terrible.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:53 AM   #15
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Thatís terrible. RIP Marcus!
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:00 PM   #16
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I remember it,and like other have said,it doesn't seem that long ago.What terrible way to go and equally terrible for the friends that found him.Hopefully time has helped heal the pain.

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Old 12-11-2017, 12:05 PM   #17
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I remember when this happened. Life is fragile
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:09 PM   #18
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That's awful.
RIP Marcus.
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:17 PM   #19
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wow! One would think he would at least be able to get up and out at the beginning..


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Old 12-11-2017, 12:25 PM   #20
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I remember. RIP Marcus.


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Old 12-11-2017, 12:30 PM   #21
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RIP Marcus.
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:26 PM   #22
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I have thought about this many times since you told us, John. Terrible....
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:36 PM   #23
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Wow as a new guy to tbh this great reminder safety at all times while at camp thanks and RIP Marcus
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:24 PM   #24
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I remember that thread. Was as upsetting then as it is now.

It's nice that you all still get together to remember your friend. It's something that friends should do.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:16 PM   #25
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Sorry for your loss.

One thing I try to keep ever present thought on is about passing out due to fumes of any kind that will kill you if you fall unconscious. There was an episode of Survivor where the guy was leaning over a fire pit and the smoke got to him and he fell over in it. Burnt him pretty bad and he was done on the show.

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