Thursday, March 06, 2014

A Re-Run of a Different Sort

We... the collective we, all of us... lost a good man two years ago today.  It's hard, nay, impossible to adequately describe the impact Carroll "Lex" LeFon's death had on the milblogging community and beyond.  But let me try:


I can't break the habit, like so many others who read Lex every day.  So I still go there even though I know I won't find any more o' the Good Captain's tales o' derring-do, his astute opinions, or his potent dry wit to begin my day.  It's just a habit...

But I found something of value there today, as I did every day for the past eight years or so.  This, from commenter yaJames:
Have you seen this morning’s Sacramento Bee article?   (Ed: the link is no more, unfortunately)
The article quotes the CEO of ATAC about the accident, and about tributes to Lex. It’s the first time I’ve seen the funeral arrangements published. (March 27th in San Diego.)
It also links to They’ve turned their web-site into a memorial page.  (This link is no good, too)
So I went to ATAC and the memorial page they've posted is truly a work of art.  At the very bottom of the page you'll find this:

I had to take two screen shots because all those tributes... they're active links on ATAC's page... don't fit in a single capture.  One small correction: the comments and condolences at Lex's place are up to 1,457 this morning.
The man was loved. 
Loved, indeed.  We miss him.


  1. Can't believe it's been that long.

  2. I sure do miss him. Godspeed, Sir.

  3. 2 years on.....still hurts.

  4. He was a good man. I liked him.

  5. Not the best day today.............................

  6. I was hors de combat yesterday, but scarcely a day goes by..

    And, as you've underlined before, Buck, the unique combination of his talents and the quality of the assembled commentariat he attracted will, I think I can safely say without fear of contradiction, likely never be seen again however old or young we are..

  7. 2 years - just so hard to believe. And when I feel my own sorrow settling in again, my thoughts turn to his family and I know that my sorrow pales in comparison to their loss. We do our best for them to continue to honor their father and husband and brother. Lex - gave us so much in life and even in death; he created a community that endures. THAT is a fitting tribute to one of the finest men I'll ever know.

  8. Thank you all for your kind thoughts. As most of you noted: not a day goes by that I don't miss the man.


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