Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gary Edward Lind

The most loving, patient, thoughtful, nonjudgmental father and husband died on Oct. 16. Our "Steady Eddie" has gone to fly fisherman's paradise. This immeasurable loss has left us still so very heartbroken.

Born to George and Millie Lind, in Minnesota on July 1, 1947, during his sister's birthday party, Edward proved an accomplished athlete and scholar of history.

In 1972, he drove his yellow VW bug straight to Ketchum without stopping, as it would not start once shut off. He worked any job he could find at night so that not a single powdery day was missed. "Johnny Angel," his best friend and he were well known to rip their way through the Galena slopes; driving to the summit with them was the wildest carnival ride around.

Once made manager of the Ore House restaurant in Sun Valley, he found himself in a real job. He held that position for over 20 years. Working for Ed at the Ore House became a sort of right of passage into the valley. During those wonder years, he found extraordinary lifelong friends and created marvelously wild memories; too innumerable are the stories to tell.

Married to "CR" on Oct. 15, 1978. Upon their engagement months earlier, she received many congratulations as there were more than a few who worried for Ed. Thirty-two years later, their everlasting love proved as ardent and devoted as ever.

Father to "his darling daughter," who entered their lives in the autumn of 1984 via jet plane. He loved her with all his heart. So deep the bond of fatherhood was for Ed that it became part of a daily conversation with his wife. Often father and daughter stayed up hours into the night pontificating and listening to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, among countless others that he included as part of her education.

Known for his characteristic nonchalant disposition, which he also applied to the backcountry, he was dubbed "Avalanche Eddie." However, being an adept telemark skier, he always floated above the chutes. Often seen on the hiking trails, golden companion by his side and fly-fishing pole in hand, he cherished camping with his family and spending endless hours in the mountain rivers waiting for his turn to hook a fish that his big heart would inevitably release.

A true charmer, his wit and humor unassumingly won anyone over and his kind, gentle nature made him a true friend to so many who will miss his smile.

Ed was my friend, my guide, my love, my rock, the man whose heart held my home. Stoically, he stood by my side through thick and thin; how he put up with me I will never know—for this I thanked him all the time.

We have been so overwhelmed by the love, support, stories and food from our friends, whose tribute to Ed has made us so very thankful. We are planning a gathering sometime in the near future. He would want us to tell stories, laugh and give each other hugs, though he was the best hugger around.

Survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Devon Kim; sister, Judy and her husband Rick; sister-in-law, Sherry; brother-in-law, Ananda; nephew and nieces, Eric, Kristen and Tori; many friends as well as his red-haired little lady, Stella.

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