I was shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of our friend, Kevin Owen. I can't not talk out the heaviness inside my heart.
I have actually known Mr Kevin for a long time. He was, even when I knew him back when, acting as a father figure to children who needed him. He was helping parent three sisters on the gymnastics team the Mr G and I coached. He traveled with our group on these sport trips. We went to Atchison, McPherson, Salina, and Pittsburg, Kansas as well as in our area of Missouri.
I particularly remember one trip to Salina, Kansas. He sat with all the parents, cheering loudly for not just his girls, but all the girls on the team. I don't know why, but I have a very specific memory of him at this meet. Those girls are all grown now with families of their own.
It was nice getting to know him over again when I came to work at the middle school. He had to re-introduce himself to me since. I hadn't recognized him - he was 15 years younger when I knew him before! He had dark hair and a dark beard! It was nice to see him in an environment where he had such a positive influence on young people again.
I will miss him much.