He had hoped to make his 300th jump this past weekend. Olen Reid Ashe III, who like his father went by his middle name "Reid," died making his 299th jump on Saturday. "He was just s good kid who enjoyed his friendships and his sports and was having a really good summer. The industrial engineering major died of massive internal and external injuries after his primary parachute malfunctioned during his third jump of the day, leaving him unable to deploy his emergency chute in time to slow his fall. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Ashe did detach the malfunctioning chute and released the reserve one less than 200 feet from the ground, not high enough to avoid crashing into the ground. He had leaped in tandem at 14,000 feet from a Twin Otter propeller plane. His lost came more than a year after he lost a friend in a skydiving related tragedy, his parents said. In addition to his parents, Ashe leaves behind a younger brother, David.
Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial
Created by: Babe Record added: Jul 28, 2008
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May God grant you blue skies and clear forever, Reid. -
Mark Faulkner Added: Apr. 2, 2011
Dirge without MusicEdna St. Vincent MillayI am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. CrownedWith lilies a...(Read more) -Anonymous Added: Jul. 30, 2008