I couldn't have said it any better,
Although I'm a little further distant, I do feel the connection.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
From: thrak@pacbell. net <thrak@pacbell. net>
To: nuts_@yahoogroups. com
Sent: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 10:05 am
Subject: Re: [NUTS] Farewell Jackrat..... .
When I first started geocaching I was introduced to it by Bobolu. On the first time I actually went out with Bob we ran into Jack and Mary at a virtual up in Paradise. Mary braved the deep mud near the monument and relayed the info to the rest of us while "the guys" stood around blathering the way geocachers do. Of course, as I'm sure others have experienced, Jack and Bob and I were still standing around blathering about caching when Mary got back in the car and was waiting "patiently" for us to finish. We kept on jabbering away until Jack finally said he had better go NOW since Mary had been waiting quite a while. :-D
Most of the time when I'd run into Jack and Mary it would be Mary who called out that she found it - partly because I'd get to talking away with Jack and we'd be kind of half-way looking and also, of course, because Mary WAS "The Brain"! To me, these two were a fixture of my geocaching intro and folks my wife and I always sought out at any gathering. One time they found a cache by the "thrak" that had been left behind due to my being very tired while I was caching. On one side of a bush they found one of my buttons and on the other side they found a hiking stick with my name engraved in it. Of course the cache was in the bush between them. (And also, of course, I got a call to come to the house and retrieve my stick!)
I knew Jack had been ill - it was obvious from his absence from caching for a while and by his altered appearance when he returned to a bit of caching. He's someone whom all of the folks who've been caching in the Chico area for 4 or 5 years knew and respected. The team of
It is with a sad heart that I share the news that my longtime friend, co-worker, and geocache partner, Jack - aka Jackrat from jackrat and The Brain, passed away this morning at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
For those interested, services are planned for next Thursday September 10th - details will be forthcoming.
Godspeed, Raymond (NIFTSIX)