I met this young man once at running shoe store and talked to him. I live in Northern Virginia, but my hobby is hiking in the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley and enjoying the Valley's recreational offerings, from Staunton to H'burg to Luray and on to Winchester.
The focus of our discussion was on the unfortunate demise of the JMU's men's track program. Certainly not an upbeat conversation. But he was a pleasant and thoughtful fellow to chat with.
The obituary speaks volumes and really speaks well of him. The people of the Shenandoah Valley have deep attachments to it and are proud of their own. In this case, it appears their feelings are very justified. RIP.
(By the way, his high school accomplishments from a small Class A school in a tiny town in the Valley are worthy of mention - quite a set of accomplishments).