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Squirltech
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To hug and kiss your family members. 

I found out that a young RPLS passed away yesterday. He was a coworker and he was on the first team I joined when I came to SAM. I didn't know him much outside of work but I respected him and he was a kind soul.

I was floored and am still in shock that this has happened. It still doesn't feel real.

Apparently he fell in his shower and hit his head. They took him to the ICU and during the testing checked him for brain activity. They found none. The ICU waited 24 hours while he was on life support, then checked again for brain activity, again finding none. He was taken off life support yesterday afternoon. He leaves behind two teenage children and his parents.

RIP Levi J. Riley, RPLS 6065

 
Posted : August 9, 2022 11:34 am
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Ric Moore
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Very sad and unfortunate event.

 
Posted : August 9, 2022 11:38 am
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holy cow
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Yes. Hug'em if ya got'em.

That is precisely how quickly our lives can change.  Ever tried to stop 35,000 lbs of truck and load with your foot holding the brake pedal to the floorboard?  The brake master cylinder failed.  It was new last Fall.  Installed a new one today under warranty that had better be much more reliable.

 
Posted : August 9, 2022 12:31 pm
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RADAR
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@holy-cow 


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Posted : August 9, 2022 12:49 pm
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holy cow
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How corny can you get????

 
Posted : August 9, 2022 2:21 pm
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Mickey Shackelford
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@Squirltech  What SAM office did he work out of and when did he start at SAM? The name rings a bell, but I don't think it was during my time at SAM 2014 through 2018 when I retired from full-time practice and started part-time consulting.

Anyway, my most sincere condolences to his family.

 
Posted : August 9, 2022 2:22 pm
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Jitterboogie
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Deepest condolences to you and your colleagues and his family. that's a real crappy deal.

 

 
Posted : August 9, 2022 2:38 pm
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Squirltech
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@mickey-shackelford 

Levi was here when I started in 2004 but left around 2012. He returned for a short time but that was late in 2018. Levi was part of the Austin office.

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 5:10 am
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NotSoMuch
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Bad deal for a young man.  May he rest in peace.

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 5:13 am
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Bryan Newsome
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@mickey-shackelford 
He was in the Austin office.  I worked with him there.

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 3:06 pm
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Bryan Newsome
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@squirl 
I just found his address yesterday in the Caldwell County appraisal district.  His place is about 8 miles from mine, east of Lockhart.  I was planning on going by his place soon.  I almost bought the 3 acre tract directly across from his place about 3 years ago.

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Posted : August 10, 2022 3:11 pm
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holy cow
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@bryan-newsome 

Did you know Lockhart was named for a land surveyor?

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 4:28 pm
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Bryan Newsome
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@holy-cow Yessir, Byrd Lockhart.

Charles Lockhart was one time at least, the Gonzales County Surveyor, next county to the south of me.

I now live about 1 mile from the Plum Creek Battle site.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Plum_Creek

I moved here from Hays County, TX, named after John Coffee " Jack" Hays.  He was a surveyor also, and a military officer and Texas Ranger.  His Indian name was "Bravo Too Much" because he would charge first into battle.  He followed the Gold Rush to CA in 1849 and became sheriff of San Franciso in 1850. In 1853 he was appointed Surveyor General of California.

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hays-john-coffee

In Hays County, I lived a couple of miles from the William Barrett Travis League grant, given to his heirs since he died at the Alamo.  I have a copy of his Spanish Land Grant deed somewhere.

I am eat up with this history stuff.

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 6:14 pm
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holy cow
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Loving history is a natural thing for land surveyors.

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 7:19 pm
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 Jed
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I'm sending positive thoughts. 

I've never been religious but I have grown up in a small logging community that has seen our share of tragity. It takes ball to work in these hills and everyone knows going in that you aren't guaranteed tomorrow. We might drink a little more than average in Oregon but we produce a hell of a lot to back it up. Take care yall! 

 
Posted : August 10, 2022 8:05 pm
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