May 8, 2013 9:27 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
A local family on the way home from picking up their daughter from college in Wyoming suffered a huge loss. On Tuesday night, 19-year old San Luis Obispo resident Christine Allen fell off a rock cliff in Kane Creek, Utah. That is about five hours southeast of Salt Lake City.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office in Monticello, Utah said after the Allen Family set up their camp at Kane Creek, they went for a hike. It was there, where Allen sat down on a large rock, about 15 feet in diameter. The rock somehow broke away and began sliding, taking her and other boulders with it. They said she suffered severe internal and external injuries, and died about a half hour after the fall.
"Got that call this morning and it's heartbreaking," said close family friend Jim Brabeck.
Brabeck said Allen's death is a huge blow to the community of San Luis Obispo.
He related, "Allen is probably one of the most remarkable and special young ladies I've ever met in my lifetime."
Brabeck, who is also the CEO of the Farm Supply Company in San Luis Obispo, said he was Allen's mentor, as she was an active and passionate member of the Edna 4H Agricultural Program.
"One of the biggest things she did was just the champion of working with the food bank to get animals sold at the fair, process the food, give it back to the food bank, distribute it to the needy, that's just one example," said Brabeck.
But Brabeck said Allen didn't just give, she served. He said it was her faith in the Catholic Church that carried her through her days.
He said, "We received a text from her sister Mary telling us, comforting us that she knew where her sister was, that she's in heaven. How do you do that?"
But Brabeck said her spirit is still very much alive, continuing to teach others.
"How to give to inspire the rest of us to give more. To give, as much as she did," said Brabeck.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office said the investigation into Allen's fall has been completed. The Sheriff called it a terrible accident, and said it's condolences are with the Allen family.
A memorial fund is being set up in name of Allen. Money is expected to go to either the local Edna 4H program or to her college, Wyoming Catholic College. If you would like to donate, you can visit any Rabobank Branch.
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