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On March 29, 2011, the world lost a very special human being.

We had the great privilege of getting to know Jeff Boucher when he came for a school at Wild Horse Pass in January of 2009.

Jeff graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1979, with a degree in photography. He was an adventurer and outdoorsman extraordinaire, having led guided tours and expeditions all over the world. Jeff was a climbing lead for the REI Company in Washington and worked also for the National Science Foundation. For the last several years he had owned his own photography studio which showcased his enormous talents as a photographer.

Jeff was perhaps the most rabidly passionate golfer that I have ever met.

In October of 2010, Jeff married the love of his life, Victoria Graves and moved to Sonoma, California.

For the past 12 years, Jeff battled cancer. “Battle” really doesn’t do him justice. Jeff dealt with enormous pain and adversity, with an insatiable spirit. A complete and steadfast refusal to surrender and an indomitable will.

Jeff did all these things with humor. With love. And with so much courage.

I only ever had the chance to spend 20 minutes with Jeff in person, although we corresponded several times and communicated on Face Book.

I have been crying for the last 4 hours since I heard of his passing. It is most surely a Life so well led, that can inspire and affect one, so much.

One of Jeff’s favorite quotes was: “No, I don’t think that we’ll make it, but we must continue on in the best possible style.” from movie the ‘The Eiger Sanction’.

Jeff; you had the best possible style.

You have taught us all so many things. You were and will always, remain: an inspiration.

It is my belief, that our Heavenly Father needed a fourth for His Saturday morning foursome, and you were the one He chose.