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From the 100+ posts on the remembrance page for local kayaker Blaine Davis, it’s clear that he was a beloved member of the outdoors and wider Central Oregon community. The page, Blaine Davis Remembrance, includes hundreds of photos and comments and notes from the many lives and communities he touched as far away as New Zealand. Twenty-year-old Davis of Sunriver died during a kayaking accident on Nov. 15—only four days after returning from a year traveling in New Zealand. A 911 call from his friends reported that he got trapped under water while whitewater kayaking in Canyon Creek near Vancouver, Washington, KATU news reported. He’s survived by mother Joan, father Mark and brother Walker, who remember him as a talented athlete, musician, philosopher and mentor. Blaine Davis traveling during his recent year living in New Zealand. On his Instagram profile, Davis added a John Muir quote related to his travels: “The world is big and I wanna have a good look at it before it gets dark.” Patrick McKenzie Gavin Biancucci, a fellow hometown kayaker, wrote on the remembrance page, “Words can’t really describe this kid, he touched each of our lives in such positive ways. I really am gonna miss him… He was one of the people that would push me to do my best on and off the water. He is a great, great friend. Love you Blaine.” Hailing from a family tradition of whitewater, Davis grew up rafting from a young age. At 10 years old […]