Saturday, May 25, 2013
Remembering Tanner Gerald, Man Killed in Ninilchik Motorcycle Crash
Family and friends of the 33 year old remember him as an incredible father, son, and friend.
The family of a man who lost his life during a motorcycle accident last weekend came together at Anchor Point beach Saturday to share their memories of him.
Lewis Tanner Gerald, 33, was riding his motorcycle on Aug. 5, when Alaska State Troopers say his sport bike struck an oncoming pickup truck on Easy Street in Ninilchik.
Gerald moved to Alaska six years ago to be closer to his nine-year-old daughter, Raychel, and to begin a new chapter in his life.
“I could tell there was something special about him, because nobody else I ever knew was that outgoing,” said Joe Dornbusch, a friend who attended the memorial.
Friends say he had a passion for hiking, fishing, hunting, rafting and exploring the Last Frontier.
They say because of his work ethic, drive and ambition, he was able to accomplish anything he put his mind to and would never accept “no” for an answer.
“He lived life to the fullest,” said Maranda Moore, his current girlfriend.
His father, Tom Gerald, flew up from Oregon to attend the memorial and said Tanner was a loving son who would lend a helping hand to strangers.
His family plans to have a private ceremony in Oregon where his ashes will be spread at a beloved mountaintop location.