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RIP Deron Harden :-(
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I was going through some old pictures and stuff tonite and found an old memorial poem that I think is appropriate for Deron's passing. I have thought a lot about things I wish I would have said to him or that I should have kept in touch with him more, but I have so many great memories of him that I will always cherish. I will miss Deron every day (and so will many, many others) but it does help to know that he is in a great place now.

I'm Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
I’m with God now, I’ve been set free.
that is nice.
i am not one for phone calls, as most of my friends on here can attest to. i am happy that i did call Deron on occasion though. i guess i need to pick up the phone more often, especially with my far away friends that i am lucky to see once a year.
 

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Today is the 1 year mark of the passing my dear friend and brother Deron Hardon.

You are still missed.
 

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I can't believe it's already been a year. It still seems so fresh in my memory.

You're still here with us big guy. _/\_
 

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I ride, therefore I am.
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Thanks again Deron, for all your smiles, all your laughter, all your heartfelt warmth. We won't ever forget you.
 

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I miss you, Deron
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A very sad week. I still can't believe he's gone.
 

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My name is Daniel Harden and i am Derons son. Its amazing to see all of the love from his friends here. Im at a loss for words at everything ive found and all the lives my father touched through this forum. I would love to get in touch with you all somehow!
 

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Great to hear from you, I imagine numerous people will respond to your post. BTW love your handle!
 

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I ride, therefore I am.
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Hello Daniel. It is very good to hear from you here on the forum. I am also sure you will get many responses from people that knew your Dad. I, and many others here, have lots of pictures and memories of Deron. I have some of the two of you and I'll do some sorting from my storage harddrive. He was our friend and loved by us all.
Kim
 

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Daniel,

I don't know if you remember Danielle and Me but we think of you and your dad often. We really miss you both and wish we had been able to spend more time with the two of you. Deron was one of the most kind and generous people we have known and you are such a great kid; smart, talented and friendly. Sometimes it isn't the amount of time we have but the impact we have on the lives we touch. Your dad and you made a big impact on us that will last our lifetime. I'm glad you have this forum to see evidence of the impact your dad had on so many.

We miss you Daniel.

Scott (Scotty Luv) and Danielle (Mrs. Luv) Carpenter

 

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Hi Daniel,
I only ever met your dad in person once but it was enough to know what cool guy he was. There was a group of forum members at our home who wanted to participate in a local fund-raiser ride. Your dad was on "multi-state" ride and made a point of stopping in to say hi to the gang. He actually went out of his way to hang out for a couple hours. Wow! How many people would do that?! Talk about good first impression. I wish I had to opportunity to know him a little better.


 

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You can meet some people 100 times during your life and never remember the slightest thing about them. And some people, you meet only once...and the memory of them stays with you for a lifetime.
Daniel, my wife and I only met your Father once, but at the onset it felt like we had been friends for years. We still talk fondly about Deron to this day, rest assured he will always be missed by the likes of Tracy and I, and always be remembered.

I do have one small memory which brings a particularly good chuckle to me whenver I recall it. I recall one evening at Red Lodge you were playing with your Fathers camera, swinging it around and around by the strap.....when all of a sudden the strpa let go and the camera went crashing to the ground.....At the time your Dad did not think it was particularly amusing....and then you certainly did not.......but we all had a pretty good chuckle at your expense....and the party rolled on. So thank you for that memory, and thank you for dropping this line. It has made my day, without question.
Carlo.



 

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Hello Daniel,
It is so nice seeing you drop in here! Your dad was such a special person, and we had the pleasure of sharing crabs and beer together here in MD. Then, as another member stated, we got to see him again before a charity ride in PA. He was so excited to try the famous Maryland crabs for the first time and we were so excited to be there to witness it! To this day, when we eat crabs, we remember that fun evening with your dad! I wish we could have had more times like this together...so warm and caring.











He let me sit on his bike (and even offered me the key if I wanted to try it!)
 

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I never knew him, but I have greatly enjoyed his words here on this forum. I feel it is a great loss to not have the chance to meet him, but he lives on right here. He is an inspiration.
 
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