Our family, friends and community are in complete shock this week. Tara's parents, Laurel and Captain Bob, both 62 years of age, were in a motorcycle accident last Sunday. It was very serious and Laurel died at the scene. Bob has his back broken in several places, a broken sternum, broken ribs, and a punctured lung. After extensive testing to see if it was possible, Bob is to have surgery tomorrow (Thursday).
We are devastated. Laurel was my daughter's 'other mother' while I am Tara's. I have known the family since the girls were 6 months old. Laurel has been a school secretary at the Junior High School since she was 19 years old so is very well known in the community. A lot of relatives happen to be home because a surprise party was planned for Bob and Laurel's son's 40th birthday. Lots of boat days were scheduled for this period with the annual poker run planned for the 29th.
Life seems a bit unreal right now. My family are all here on vacation too and I have the week off. We are all stunned and heart broken. No one can comprehend that we will never see Laurel again. Life can change in an instant. Give your loved ones an extra long hug today.
Captain Bob Martin
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