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American Wigeon in Flight - A Tribute to a Dear Friend #8185504 02/27/21 06:36 AM
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During the super bowl, I received word that we lost my dear friend, Dan Mabery. Today we had his memorial service.

Dan had a brilliant mind and a kind heart. He graduated from Trinity Christian Academy in Dallas, Baylor, Dallas Theological Seminary and St. Mary’s University School of Law. He’s the only guy I know that went to both seminary and law school. He practiced law at Haynes and Boone and more recently on his own.

We worshiped together for years and also enjoyed camping together. We each had daughters in the same YMCA Indian Princess tribes, known now as Adventure Guides. Amazing the lifelong bonds that form around the campfire where dreams are shared and friendships birthed.

We both had great blessings in life but also each faced train wrecks. We were always there to encourage each other not just in the good times but perhaps even more importantly, in those dark, tragic moments when you feel so alone. You know the kind where the day before you have a multitude of friends and after the train wreck the darkness and pain reveal your true friends; they become our chosen brothers and part of the family. The ones you love and would do anything for. The ones you cry the most for when they are gone. Today I cried once again as family and friends gathered to celebrate his life and say goodbye…

Dan’s favorite verse was: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Dan loved the outdoors and always encouraged me to focus on my passion for nature photography. He loved my bird in flight images and I was honored that he had one of my charity auction gallery prints on display in a prominent spot in his home.

I captured this image of an American Wigeon Drake in Flight during the winter storm shortly after Dan passed. I’m dedicating it to the memory of my friend, Daniel Trevor Mabery.

Godspeed Brother Dan. Thanks for being a true friend…

Re: American Wigeon in Flight - A Tribute to a Dear Friend [Re: Blue Moon] #8185514 02/27/21 09:24 AM
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yepper. It was nice to have that 1 true friend in life.

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Condolences.


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Re: American Wigeon in Flight - A Tribute to a Dear Friend [Re: Blue Moon] #8185704 02/27/21 04:23 PM
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Sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your friend.

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Originally Posted by Txblklab
Sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your friend.

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Sorry for your loss.


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Fly on dear friend, Fly on.

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Truer words have never been written about the meaning of close friends
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The photo is truly fantastic as well

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I'm sorry to hear this. I briefly worked with Dan at HB many, many years ago.

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Sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your friend.


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Re: American Wigeon in Flight - A Tribute to a Dear Friend [Re: Txblklab] #8186085 02/27/21 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Txblklab
Sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your friend.

Beautiful tribute.....


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Re: American Wigeon in Flight - A Tribute to a Dear Friend [Re: Blue Moon] #8186218 02/28/21 01:27 AM
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Very nice tribute and great photo. Sorry for the loss of your friend.



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Sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your friend.

Beautiful tribute.....


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RIP. Sorry for your loss . Forrest

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Sorry for your loss Brother.

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Blue Moon you are blessed to have a true friend like that. Prayers for his family and you.


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