Kings of The Past
Torrey Segment Pathway Fundraiser
By: Creighton Lowe
It was 1994, and I was a sophomore in high school. For Father’s Day, I rented my favorite movie at the time, the newly released Lion King, and watched it with my dad. During one particular touching scene from the movie, young lion cub Simba and King Mufasa are wrestling around and the following conversation occurs:
“We’re pals, right?”
“And we’ll always be together, right?”
“Simba, let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down from those stars. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you ... and so will I.”
In 2003, my dad, my pal, my best friend, passed away. His last request was that he be buried by his pioneer cabin on our family property in Teasdale, Utah, overlooking the red rock and white sandstone cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park. He spent his childhood exploring slot canyons and his college years studying the geography of the earth’s crust in that area.
To my dad, I owe a lifelong debt of gratitude for instilling in me a love for all things wonderful, from the quiet breeze of a summer’s eve to the thrill of exploring unknown canyons in the outdoors. His legacy forever lives on in my adventures.
I will be riding Leg 5 of Rockwell Relay in his honor and will ride through the aid station at Torrey Utah to his gravesite, which rests just up the hill another 16 miles. I may ride those additional 16 miles into the setting sun by myself, but I know that the kings of the past will be there to guide me ... and so will my dad.
May the kings of your past ride with you as well during your 2012 Rockwell Relay.
R.I.P. David Joseph Lowe – Father, Friend, Pal.
In his honor, I will be accepting pledges of $16.00 or more to raise funds for the bicycle/pedestrian pathway in and around Torrey, Utah, Wayne County!
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