RIP Our Dear Friend
This is one of the toughest posts I will have had to write during my stint on this blog. It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of our dear friend David Scanlon. He graced us with his smiling face and gentle soul almost every week. He hated to miss a Monday due to holidays or weather, so he would hike up another day during the week. He enjoyed bringing us the paper and catching up on the weeks news. David was a true advocate for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He served as an officer on the boards of the Great Smoky Mountains Association and Discover Life in America. He was an avid hiker and completed all 900 miles of trail in the park. David was a long time member of the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club and had the opportunity to lead many hikes for them. His knowledge of this park and its history was abundant. Mt. LeConte was added to his long list of passions in 1966. He told us his first hike up was a memorable one. He was excited to have met Harvey Broome at the lodge. Mr. Broome and then lodge operator, Herrick Brown, entertained the guests with stories of this beloved mountain. Twelve years on this mountain has provided many memories of sitting across the lunch table with David and discussing the latest current affairs, what flowers were blooming in the lower elevations, what hikes he went on over the week, and what trips he had taken recently. He was a wealth of knowledge and we are better people for having had him in our lives. September 30th, 2014 was David's last hike up his favorite mountain. He had close to 1000 trips to the lodge. David Scanlon will be dearly missed. May his soul rest in peace.
10/26/2014 01:47:23 am
10/26/2014 01:56:12 am
I last met David in 2013 when me and Marti took our yearly hike to LeConte in May of that year. I'd met him one or two times before that. He was a gentleman and I enjoy listening to him. He will be missed!
10/26/2014 02:03:01 am
So sorry for the loss of such a remarkable man and friend. May his many wonderful memories grace you with comfort. Continue to hike in his footsteps.
10/26/2014 02:32:30 am
Always so sad to lose such a good friend of the mountains and all who love them.
10/26/2014 02:59:25 am
I too had the pleasure of meeting him on a Monday 5 or 6 years ago with my impression of him to be one who also loved the Smokies & LeConte as good or better than the rest of us......RPI David, Hike On!
I am so very sorry to hear this. I am literally in tears. I first met Dave around 1983. He was one of the people who gave me the encouragement and knowledge that led me to dedicate myself to the Smokies. He was always friendly and generous, the kind of guy who always put the most positive interpretation on events. I am so very, very grateful that he called me on the phone two weeks ago to talk about old times. I'm so fortunate to have spoken with him shortly before his untimely death. I will always remember you, Dave. You will always live in our memory.
10/26/2014 08:57:27 am
I have not met David, but I have met you and Chris and through that been blessed to hike to and enjoy the magic of Mt Leconte. This post moved me to tears, the gratitude that David found a place that meant so much to him, that you were blessed to connect with such a kind soul. I can feel his goodness. Sending you, his family and friends so much love.
10/26/2014 10:13:14 am
Dave was, indeed, a kind and gentle man. His legacy will be the people whose lives he touched and the generation that evolves from those.
10/26/2014 10:23:47 am
My deepest condolences to David's family and friends. I regret I never met up with him at the lodge or on the trail. I'm sure I would have enjoyed chatting with him.
10/26/2014 12:01:35 pm
prayers for each one of you and his family. We met him in the spring as we hike to Alum in the rain. He was headed down from bring the newspapers. What a blessing and encouragement to talk to. He was a true treasure to Mt Leconte and the Smokies. May each one of you be comforted. May he rest high on that mountain
10/27/2014 11:38:49 pm
Our condolences to Davids friends and family, both high and low.
11/2/2014 02:02:31 am
I brought my family up this summer spending 2 nights. By the time the llamas arrived just before lunch on the second day, very few people were around. David was though as he had just arrived for his day hike. He was a gentle soul and took the time to introduce the llamas to my 2 young sons and recollect his hiking routine with me. It was humbling to know this man hiked this hike every week as he certainly was closer to God than I seeing God's beauty on such a regular basis. RIP Sir.
Lucy Scanlon Crider
11/6/2014 03:01:35 am
I am grateful for all the sweet comments, prayers lifted up and individual memories you all have posted about my Dad. He was a special man to many people and I am proud to have him as my father. Thank you, Chris and Allison, Nathan, Crissy and Alan and the many others on the crew at Mt. LeConte for being true friends to my Dad and giving him a welcoming family on the mountain to visit every week. This was such a special part of his life and I'm glad to know you all loved him as much as he loved you. - Lucy Crider
2/4/2015 12:47:18 pm
It brings back bittersweet memories to read all these wonderful comments. I always looked forward to hearing David's comments about who he had seen and what adventures he had when he came home after him weekly Monday hike to LeConte. LeConte was a spiritual sanctuary for David and I know he is still climbing the mountain in Spirit. Myself and all his friends were looking forward to his achieving his 1000th hike in 2015. Thanks to all the crew and friends at LeConte for making each of his journeys there so rewarding for him.--Jewel Tabor.
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