A good man died on the mountain on Saturday, Sept 16th. He loved the outdoors, hunting, camping, and boating. One of his favorite pastimes was riding his ATVís in the mountains. He also had made several trips to Moab. Saturday he was enjoying life to the fullest with his 2 brothers and their friends near Breckenridge. After 4 hours of enjoyment, the Lord decided to take him home. I was by his side when he was called home. He is now with his mom and dad. Rest in Peace Clenten Kayl, Jr, my brother.
------------------ ...Perfection....Where have you driven yours?
Posts: 30564 From: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Registered: Apr 99
Tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Nothing can hurt him now.Only those left behind.I hope the wonderful memories you have will ease the hurt in you, and his family.God Bless.I am glad you care enough about us, to want to share your grief here. R.I.P. Nick and Ellie.
Here is a picture I took about 1 hr before the accident. After this picture, we went into a high mountain cabin. We spent about 45 min in there shooting the bull. The accident happened about 5 min after we left the cabin.
Posts: 3422 From: York, England, U.K. Living in Ohio Registered: May 2006
Wow Wayne! Such a tragedy. But as you say, he was doing what he loved and died in a beautiful place he loved. Those last 45 minutes you spent with him are priceless. I just looked at his website that is linked from your site. He leaves a beautiful family behind. My prayers to all of you in the days to come. As Nick said above, his pain is over. It is those of you he leaves behind that are doing the hurting now. I'm a believer that you will see him again in time. I hope that can give all of you at least some comfort.
Posts: 4827 From: Valley of the Sun Registered: Jul 2001
I finally got some sleep last night. On Saturday I had gotten up at 4:30 to get down to Denver so we could get into the mountains early. My little brother, 2 of his friends and I loaded up and went to an area just east of Breckenridge, Co. We then rode up to Georgia Pass. He had spent Friday night on his mountain property near Jefferson, Co. He then met a friend of little brotherís and another couple. They all rode up from the other side of Georgia pass. After riding for 3 hrs in off and on snow, all of us spent about 45 min in a mountain shelter cabin having lunch, a beer, and talking smart. We left the cabin where 1 couple (his wife was getting too cold) and another guy went back down. 5 min later little brother rode up a step, but not so steep hill. This hill hade been ridden by them several times. I had been over it last year, just one of those places where you put it in 4-low and just go. Then my older brother took off. I was about 20 yards behind him. He came to a fork in the trail and donít now if ye hesitated or what, but it was like watching a movie. It just started coming in the front. He looked like a statue on it, never letting go of the handle bars. It flipped onto itís back, completely covering him.(those familiar with ATVs he was riding a 2005 Polaris Sportsman 500). After flipping on its top, wheels and on itís top it stopped. I nailed mine and was by his side within 1 min. I just expected him to get up and say ďF***, why in the he** did I do that?Ē I told him hot to move. Then I noticed he was unconscious. I thought, ďThis is seriousĒ. He was face down, head turn to his left. He has a street bike style full face helmet. The visor was open about 2Ē. He had no cuts, but when I looked at him I knew it was very bad. Little brotherís friend and I knew we had to do something so we had turned him over and started to remove his helmet. I was just starting CPR when little brother got there. We were on the phone with 911. After 10 min it was impossible to continue CPR (any EMTs will know why). The EMT sad it looked as if he had a basal skull fracture (official report was ďhinge fractureĒ at the base of the skull). We covered him with my jacket, and extra sweater we had along. We spent about 15 min deciding what to do next. Little brother handed me a beer and we toasted our brother. He lived life to the fullest. Little brotherís friends went back down the mountain to get the truck as far back as they could. Little brother and I spent the net 15-20 min alone with him on the mountainside. We prayed. After that, all the time was mechanical, doing what needed to be done when search and rescue arrived. I got his ATV started and rode it back down the mountain, met with authorities, filled out reports. After all this, the Chaplin drove us around the mountains to get is truck. Little brother had to break the news to his wife over the phone. We thought we should tell her in person, but the Chaplin said she needed to know, as we were 2 hrs away and news like this spreads quickly.
I donít think I have to go into any more family stuff, but to say it is a great loss. I am now the elder in our family and am ready to step into his shoes. Please click on this link ( http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4353831 ) and read Denver Post article on some of his life in Denver.
Thank all of you for your prayers and condolences.
[This message has been edited by wkayl (edited 09-18-2006).]
Posts: 12496 From: Nashville, TN Registered: Aug 2000
I an so sorry for your loss, My nephew died on a quad two or three years ago. 12 years old in Steam Boat Springs, he left the camp site late to get firewood went down a steep trail hit the bottom, the quad flipped on him crushing his chest. My brother found him. Again I'm so sorry for your brother, sounds like you were close.
Posts: 5563 From: Clementon,NJ,USA Registered: Jun 2000
When the possibility or probability of the death of someone we love is first brought up we will not accept it,it is human nature to oppose such a thought.When a loved one is lost due to an accident we don't have that time to accept it and it can be much harder to finally accept as fact.The only part of your tragedy that helps is you were there and know there was no suffering by your brother.You don't have to want to believe his passing was peaceful you know!God bless your families.
Posts: 13353 From: kansas city, mo Registered: Jul 2002
Prayers and condolences to you and your family. It sounds like things are as good as they can be...I'm glad you posted this, because maybe someone here is dealing or will deal with a similar loss. You are an inspiration, as it sounds like your brother was (and continues to be). God bless.
Sep 19th, 2006
Posts: 3751 From: Edgewater Co. USofA Registered: Jan 2006
I lost my Mother a little over a year and so I know how you must feel. It saddens me when someone looses a family member.
If you talk to him as I still talk to Mother, tell him to say hello to Vivian. She will be the one telling everyone how lucky they are to be there, and keeping things stirred up. I still miss her dearly.
My most sincere and heartfelt condolences. PM me if I can help in any way.
Posts: 4678 From: Staunton, VA Registered: May 2001
even tho its already been said a bunch of times, im so sorry for your loss reading this brought major tears to my eyes! i hope your/his family can keep their heads up and remember the good times! ill keep prayers for you close to my heart! ~much love
Sep 20th, 2006
Posts: 8986 From: Colorful Colorado Registered: Mar 99
First let me say how sorry I am to hear about your brother. You can never prepare yourself for something like that. As many people have already said, at least he went doing what he loved with the people he loved. There's a lot to be said about that.
Also, I am a stone's throw away from you! I bought a townhouse in Loveland just a little north of where you live. I have been meaning to touch bases with you for some time now, I'm sorry that it is under these circumstances.
Take care and please LMK if there is anything I can do (I mean that).