In Memory of Hans Loewen
January 8, 1994 - March 29, 2014
Our dear, sweet Hans was doing what Hans does best -- having a blast and sharing adrenaline flow! Hans had forever been, with our support, our encouragement, and our vicarious participation, a calculating risk taker. Hans was a loving warrior, and we want our warriors to be risk takers, don't we? Indeed, don't we all take on risks the moment we walk out the door? But Hans did it all with gusto! He was a kitesurfer, a rock climber, an extreme downhill longboarder, a surfer, a paddleboarder, a marksman, a parkourer, a unicyclist, a slackliner, a snowboarder, a DJ, a mountain climber, a triathlete, a mountain biker, a drummer, a reader, an ice climber, a comedian, a foster brother, our loved and loving son, brother, boyfriend, grandson, cousin and friend.
Hans was just finishing his second year at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and planned to serve his country as a Naval or Marine Corps officer upon graduation in 2016. His service selection desires and options were completely open: Navy Seal, Navy Pilot, Marine Corps Pilot, Surface Warfare Officer. Hans lived like a warrior and would have been one of America's finest.
Hans researched each of his passions with a passion and when he engaged in it he did it with calculated intensity. On Saturday, March 22 Hans miscalculated as he was engaging in one of his many extreme sports and suffered a devastating brain injury, despite wearing his helmet, after longboarding beside a slowly moving vehicle and falling beneath its rear wheel. He died a week later on Saturday, March 29. Oh God, hear our prayers of thanks for Hans receiving the world's best care at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center, and bless those who received and will receive his many organs from his selfless donation.
We all feel and hear and appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers and know that he has been uplifted in hope by all of us, our family and friends in Hampstead, on his beloved Topsail Island, all across the U.S. and the world, and his entire and incredible Naval Academy family. We are at peace with the knowledge that he is in heaven, though he lived every day like it was already heaven on earth.