Virtually a yr after Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash, Tiger Woods seemed demise within the face and demise blinked.
The Tiger Woods incident this previous week underscores simply how fragile life could be, whether or not it’s within the midst of this COVID-19 problem, an accident, outdated age or simply time.
Woods escaped with some critical accidents to his legs and ankle and underwent surgical procedure. However he survived.
So many others in these tragedies don’t, like Kobe.
Horace wrote, “I shall not wholly die, and an amazing a part of me will escape the grave.”
And that’s true.
This all turned private for me when my youthful brother Kent died Jan. 21, 2021, in Provo, the day after my nephew Darin Draper of Cedar Metropolis handed. And Kent’s passing was three days after an excellent pal, the legendary coach and beloved comedian Tony Ingle, died of COVID-19. That got here 30 days after my mother-in-law, 98-year-old Afton Jacob, who lived with us for twenty-four years, died. Afton handed 9 days after Kent’s father-in-law, Max Nelson, 94, died in a Payson veterans hospital.
You get the theme. Demise, funerals and recollections.
And all this got here within the tragic, awful death of University of Utah star running back Ty Jordan, who died in December from an unintentional gunshot wound whereas on a vacation break again house in Texas.
Earlier than we get to the Utah-connected sports activities figures who’ve died throughout the previous 14 months, listed below are among the nationwide celebrities who handed in 2020: baseball legends Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver and Lou Brock; soccer gamers Gale Sayers and Paul Hornung; and coaches John Thompson and Don Shula. These got here in a really tough stretch of time wherein we misplaced performers Wilford Brimley, Sean Connery and Kirk Douglas and singer Kenny Rogers.
Why this glimpse into the departures?
As a result of it helps to recollect, to have fun, to maneuver on.
A member of the family shared the next quote from David Kessler with Kent’s spouse this week:
“Every particular person’s grief is as distinctive as their fingerprint. However what everybody has in widespread is that irrespective of how they grieve, they share a necessity for his or her grief to be witnessed. That doesn’t imply needing somebody to attempt to reduce it or reframe it for them. The necessity is for somebody to be absolutely current to the magnitude of their loss with out attempting to level out the silver lining.”
I like that.
Here’s a checklist of some locals who’ve died the previous 12 to 14 months. It isn’t meant to be all inclusive as a result of it’s straightforward to overlook a reputation. It’s, nevertheless, a major roster of those that died.
Ladell Andersen, former basketball coach at BYU and Utah State, handed away on the finish of 2019.
Dean Larsen and Herschel “Bones” Pederson, members of Stan Watts’ most profitable basketball groups within the Nineteen Fifties, handed in 2020, as did one of many faculty’s all-time main scorers, Roland Minson, and Watts’ favourite hoopster, Ed Pinegar.
Bill Marcroft, longtime voice of the Utes and Salt Lake Metropolis tv sports activities anchor, handed in November 2020.
Eldon Fortie, BYU’s first All-American, died in January 2020 in Arizona at age 79.
Larry Wilson, a Ute All-American two-way participant within the late ’50s and a Corridor of Fame security for the Cardinals, died in September 2020 on the age of 82.
Bob Garff, a member of the Utah Winter Olympics organizing committee and proprietor of the Utah Blaze, handed in March 2020.
Jerry Sloan, a legendary NBA participant and coach of the Utah Jazz, handed early in Might 2020.
Phil Krueger, former Utah State soccer coach from 1973-1975, died in June 2020.
Calvin Monson, a former member of the Mormon Yankees in Australia, died in November 2020.
Former Utah quarterback Lee Grosscup, credited with creating the shovel go, died in June 2020.
Phil Russell, a extremely profitable woman’s highschool coach at Ogden Excessive, died in November 2020.
Jim Yerkovich, who led Decide Memorial Excessive by way of 44 years as a basketball coach and mentor, handed in June 2020.
Arlen Peacock, a former Utah State Novice champion and president of the Utah Golf Affiliation, handed in October 2020.
Fred Davis, three-time All-American wrestler, 1955 particular person NCAA wrestling champion and 20-year BYU wrestling coach, died in July 2020.
Dave Disorbio, beloved longtime Decide Excessive baseball coach, who additionally performed catcher for the College of Utah.
I’m nonetheless at that stage the place I need to decide up the cellphone and name my brother to interrupt down a recreation, joke about politics, ask for recommendation. Nope.
Might all of them relaxation in peace and should we keep in mind and luxury these family members who stay on earth.
And it’s so good that Tiger Woods survived.