RIP Trenton Graham

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RIP Trenton Graham

Postby greggscycles » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:23 pm

I am posting on behalf of my friend Trenton Graham who was tragically killed last night on his bicycle while riding home from work. A truck veered off six lanes of traffic and struck him unexpectedly.

Before this freak accident, Trent was my coworker and friend at a bicycle shop outside of Seattle, Gregg's Cycle. He attended Burning Man for the first time two years ago and attended again this summer. When he came back from Burning Man this year he was a transformed person. He had an outlook on his own life that was incredibly positive and he was excited for the possibilities of the coming year, as well as the next year's Burning Man. He talked about all the people that he met who made him feel comfortable to be himself, to do his art, to be genuine with no ridicule or consequences. He was inspired by the creative and caring atmosphere. In his final week on this Earth, he went to a Burning Man decompression and was on ePlaya daily and talking about what he would contribute to the event next year (a homebrew station to serve his personal India Pale Ale recipe). I never saw him prouder than when he told me that his camp showed up green on the MOOP map. I've known few people who were so proud about leaving no trace, being environmentally responsible, and helping others. His outlook was infectious and then tragedy struck.

My friends and coworkers have been grieving this unthinkable loss and we all want to honor him in the way that we believe he would've wanted. Trent admired the Temple at Burning Man and the solemn shrine within. He was moved by the beauty of so many strangers coming to the same place to leave mementos of loved ones, and to burn those symbols of love as a way to come to terms with loss. We would like to come to terms with our loss by sharing the beauty of his spirit and asking you all to please leave a memento for him in next year's temple. Whether you knew Trent or not, please print his picture to place in next year's temple and dedicate a thought to him to bring meaning to this senseless loss. By honoring Trent this way, he will truly rest in peace in the place where he found his life's greatest meaning.

You will recognize him from the Maltov Bar and from his art contributions. Trent is leaving behind a 12 year old son, Robert, and many people who cared for him. Here is a link to local news coverage on this tragedy: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Bicy ... 94791.html.

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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby JStep » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:24 pm

Rest In Peace.

Very touching eulogy.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby tamarakay » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:25 pm

I am sorry for your, and our, loss.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby Noboundaries » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:19 pm

Beautifully written. Thank you. A tragic loss for all.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby moonrise » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:04 pm

RIP Trent ~]'[~
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby knowmad » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:45 pm

I just read about Trenton in the Seattle Times, knowing how tight the Seattle Bike scene is I'm sure he will be missed by many.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby Savannah » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:36 pm

This is so sad--I'm so very sorry, greggscycles. Trent's story was also on the local news tonight, not 15 minutes ago.

I recognize those photos, and have realized that Trent posted here.

Trent made a beautiful post in the Alright, Let's Hear the Best and Worst from 2012 thread. What an amazing post he made. So many Bests. So few Worsts. An artist and an optimist, from the looks of it; a man who knew to create fun and light and beauty. One of his worsts he even classified as a "best". Sounds like he knew how to live, and made the most of it. I wish I'd met him.

Thufir Hawatt wrote:Bests: Arriving at 2:30 A.M. on Thursday pre-event, heading to center-camp to get our bearings, and finding well-meaning but utterly worthless advice-filled folk whom wanted me to take their picture. Apparently this picture was a joke, we just never found out what that joke was supposed to be.
Being utterly annihilated by dust storms that same day. Getting caught out on the open Playa pre-event is not an experience I'd recommend for any but the most adventurous. I could feel the skin being flayed off of the backs of my knees, and there were giant-ass cranes driving around at high speeds. Utterly magical.
The amazing folks that I got to paint next to at the Center Camp Cafe wall. I usually paint rather slowly, so trying to paint something that was twice as large as anything that I'd attempted previously was daunting to say the least. Through all of the sleep deprivation, addled neurons, and self-doubt the artists on my side of the wall were there to keep me going. I believe that one of them was named Garrett and that he was camping with Fractal Nation, there was also a couple whom were working with spray cans and a gentleman whom threw up the quickest piece I've ever seen. When the rain began to fall on Saturday(?) evening we all began to laugh simultaneously, and I was HOME.
The gents whom came to offer us caffeine and snacks on Sunday early in the AM, to help us power through our murals. Your kind words will never be forgotten.
Getting a chance to display my art to thousands of people. Though I wasn't entirely satisfied with how it turned out other folks seemed to enjoy it, and that's what it's about.
Watching the city go up ,seemingly, over night.
Seeing my friends pull into camp after four days of severe deprivation. SOOOOOOOOO many hugs were issued.
All of the wild folks whom came by the bar and offered up interesting experiences.
Our neighbors at Alternative Energy Village were incredibly gracious, and several came over to thank us for being good neighbors. 7 and F was a fantastic place to be this year.
Discovering I was actually a decent bartender.
FINALLY LETTING GO of my hang-ups about my personal appearance.
Getting dressed up by my camp-mates and dancing (for the first time in all of my life) at Opulent Temple with a few beautiful women. As a recovering member of the hardcore/metal community this was a revelation.
Developing this incredibly powerful wanderlust that now consumes my every waking moment.
The advent of the 'No Unicorn Left Behind' policy, and the (un)fortunate creation of the term 'Scary Playa'. Scary Playa led to the best ten hours of my life. We packed ten years into ten hours, and love was born.
Not watching the temple burn. That was far too amazing a structure to watch go up in flames.
Leaving baggage from previous relationships in poem form on the temple, was a tear inducing catharsis that I've needed for the past couple of years.
All of the amazing people whom made this the most incredible experience of my existence to this point, but next year is always better right?
Our neighbors Tom and Casey were incredibly gracious and kind.
The DPW gentleman whom offered us the use of heavy equipment pre-event if we needed it. That dude was rad.
Running into the one random person from last year that myself and my camp mate really wanted to, and discovering that we had more in common than just brewing amazing beer.
The look in a first-timers eyes when they were truly beginning to 'get' it.
Not letting the event book rule my days.
Being a contributor to the experience for so many, and feeling like a true Burner. Black Rock City holds me captive.

Worst:
Leaving. Decompressing.
The constant and unending fear that our monkey-hut was going to collapse pre-event.
Watching creepy dudes try to take advantage of severely inebriated half-naked women.
The ridiculous amount of glow MOOP. I swear I picked up fifteen pounds worth of expired glow stick wristbands. Watching people put them in the spokes of their bikes was also thoroughly depressing.
My bike disintegrating the day before the event started. As a bike-shop employee I was kind of ashamed. It was free, and getting around on foot isn't as arduous for me as it seems to be for a lot of folks. So I guess this could go into the bests as well.

See you next year Black Rock City!


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It looks like he had an astounding Burn.

I'm so sorry he's gone.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby danibel » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:52 pm

So sorry about Trenton. I will write his name on the temple in 2013 to honor his memory and love for Burning Man. Rest in peace.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby pink » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:23 pm

Damn, I remember reading that post. I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and our loss too, since he seemed to be a burner in the deepest way. And I'm glad he got to experience the personal growth, and sad his experiences stopped far too soon.

RIP Trent.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby wh..sh » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:33 pm

I wish Trenton peace and my heart goes out for his family and friends. It is heart-breaking!
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby Ratty » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:35 pm

Such a sad ending to a young and beautiful man. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I too will remember him at the temple in 2013. God bless.
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Re: RIP Trenton Graham

Postby xhoosier » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:44 am

Condolences to his family and friends. I am sure he is in a better place!
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