Family adjusting after avalanche kills Utah husband, father

Family adjusting after avalanche kills Utah husband, father (Photo: Walpole Family)

(KUTV) - A young family from Spanish Fork is beginning the New Year without a husband and father after a deadly avalanche takes his life.

Brennan Walpole, 35, died after getting caught in the slide over the weekend near Afton, Wyoming.

“One of a kind. The happiest person you will ever meet. The most upbeat positive person you will ever meet in your life,” said Perry Davis a close friend and co-worker.

“I think all of us would agree [Brennan Walpole] was the hardest worker that I knew. And he was happy when he worked,” said Marcus Case another friend who also happened to be there on the mountain with Walpole and about 13 other snowmobilers when the avalanche hit.

Case says it was about 1 o’clock on Friday afternoon when he heard some of his friends scream and he looked up and saw the avalanche.

He says all the snowmobilers which were all caring beacons and avalanche airbag packs quickly took a head count. He says Walpole’s brother then spotted Brennan’s snowmobile buried in the snow and with the help of his beacon was able to find his brother.

“We just immediately started CPR,” said Case. “I wanted to kind of break down and I saw his brother...just in that moment I felt a lot of love for [Walpole] that I’ve known for so long and I said I’m going to do whatever I can even if I’m tired, I’m going to keep going.”

Case says they performed CPR for about two hours before Walpole was finally airlifted off the mountain and taken to a hospital in Idaho Falls.

Walpole passed away on Saturday morning.

“He leaves behind a host of friends from all walks of life. He was friends with everybody,” said Ryan Pickering, Walpole’s business partner. “He was an excellent provider. He was a devoted member of his church. He was an unbelievable friend, but where he was most successful was in his own home.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses.

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