|Lt. KC Diehl, United States Army Air Corps|
He loved flying, his family and the outdoors. His father had been one of the first national park rangers, and he grew up in the Tetons, Yosemite and Sequoia. He and his brother would hike into the back country of whichever park his dad was at and camp and fish for days. He hiked through his 70's, and tried scaling Mt. Rainier in his 60's. It was a love my mother did not share with him - she went camping with him once and said if she couldn't stay in a place with a bed and sheets, she wasn't going! But he passed his love onto 2 of us, and my older sister particularly continues to camp, hike and fly-fish.
If he had a Jungian archetype, it was the hero. He was always ready to sacrifice himself for someone else, whether they wanted it or not! Ironically, one of the things that made him so resolutely human was that he always wanted to be larger than life - always the best - and when he couldn't be the best, he quit. But he always will be larger than life for me. He'll always be my hero.