On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Brad Swet (May 28, 1984) and Brandon Blackmore (February 15, 1992) died when taking down the GuildWorks array at Pickathon and their boom lift fell. They were in the process of repositioning the lift to reach the next set of ropes in the trees when the accident happened.
The Brad Swet and Brandon Blackmore Memorial Fund has been established by Pickathon and GuildWorks to support the families and will serve as the public memorial. Funds raised will be split evenly between the families. Brad’s family will use the funds to help cover funeral expenses and conserve timber land in his name. Brandon’s family will donate funds towards nature conservancy programs in his name. This memorial fund gives us all a way to honor these valuable and beloved members of our communities and their love of the outdoors.
Brad and Brandon were remarkable friends who shared an unusual bond. They loved being in the trees together, were passionate about installing at Pickathon each year and were incredibly proud of their work. They were known for their professionalism, creative thinking, and dedication to their craft. Their joy for life was contagious and they touched everyone with their laughter and enthusiasm. They both have a wealth of friends who greatly admire them and will be dearly missed.
Please contribute the Brad Swet and Brandon Blackmore Memorial Fund and/or share. If you’re looking for other ways to help, you could plant a tree, volunteer with a tree-planting program or contribute your time and talent to a nature conservancy.
"All our wisdom is stored in the trees." ― Santosh Kalwar