R.I.P., Don Gale, 1959-2014

The Mud Stud, boldly going, as usual.

The Mud Stud, boldly going, as usual.

An old crony from Santa Fe went west on Saturday in Utah. Don Gale finally lost his long battle with colon cancer.

Don was a cyclist, a skier, and a snowboarder, one of several real-life wrenches whose character traits I shamelessly exploited when creating my cartoon character the Mud Stud. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and I feel badly about that now. But we exchanged notes on Facebook recently, and I was struck by how how courageously he was pushing on to the Big Finish Line. “Inspirational” is a term that has become cliché, but not in Don’s case. He made death seem a part of life, which of course it is.

Happily, like most of the 7.2 billion people on the planet, Don did not require my close attention; he was surrounded by family and friends at the end. My condolences to those who knew and loved him.

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8 Responses to “R.I.P., Don Gale, 1959-2014”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    May the wind up there always be at your back, Don, and never let a celestial SUV cross your path.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Wow.
    Don, I hope you always have one gear lower than you need when the road tilts up.
    Maybe I should think again about that second colonoscopy.

    • khal spencer Says:

      They have me on a “Periscope Up” every five years because that’s how the Grim Reaper got my mom. She never had it checked and by the time they found it, it was Stage 4.

      I would say a foot or two of fibre optics is worth a pound of cure.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        You’re right Khal. I don’t mind the procedure so much, I did it without drugs the last time, but the prep is a pain in the…. Well, you know. I just hoped the technology would have progressed more than it has.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Worst part was the antifreeze I had to drink (polyethylene glycol–sounds like something you should put in your car as a coolant). The procedure they did under some sort of knockout drops. I never knew what happened….

  3. Libby Says:

    Always tough to lose a pal and my sympathies to you, Patrick.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    RIP. These are the times I like to think not about how someone died, but how they lived. Sounds like this guy went with no regrets…the way it ought to be.

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