It is with great sadness and reflection that I sit down to write tonight’s post.  I’m sure many people throughout Santa Cruz County have heard about the horrific accident yesterday evening at the Watsonville airport.  This afternoon, we learned that it was our very own DeDe, her husband, and two children that were operating and traveling in the aircraft. I’m somewhat at a loss for words, but I’m going to do my best here to honor DeDe and her family in a respectful and positive manner.  For details on the accident, visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Although I never met David (her husband), or the two boys, that all lived but a couple hundred yards from our front door, DeDe has been a member at CFW for several months now. Her cheerfulness, sweetness, and perennial smile will not soon be forgotten.  A regular in the 7am crew, DeDe showed up to class 3-4 times a week without fail (when she wasn’t traveling the world with her family).  I think one thing I’ll remember the most is her ability to be awake that early in the morning, laughing, chatting, and running around as though she’d already been up for hours.

Above and beyond the workouts we shared, what I will remember most about DeDe are the conversations we shared about our love for nature, travel, and adventure.  DeDe and her family were the owners of Aqua Safaris – a business similar to my own Adventure Out (albeit underwater).  We shared stories of our trips and experiences, and the way they helped and affected others.  The excitement in her eyes, voice, and expression was contagious.  DeDe loved what she did, she loved her job, she loved her family, and she lived life fully and contently.  We are all better for having known her and thankful for the time we had.  Our sincere condolences go out to the Houghton family.

Tomorrow, Saturday 7/9/2011, we’ll be observing a moment of silence at the start of each class in honor of DeDe and the family.



Moment of Silence


5 Rounds for time:
5 Power Cleans (155/100)
10 Ball Slams (40/25)
200m Run