A Tribute to One of Our Own… Eric Nageotte-Lowe
If there were a book on how to live life as a teenage skier with aspirations to be the best, Eric Nageotte-Lowe would have been the author.
The book would have devoted chapters to things familiar to this teenager’s life: punk music, extreme skiing and girls.
But Eric’s book would have also included chapters about loving the outdoors at Lake Tahoe, the importance of family and teamwork, and what it takes to have and to be a trusted friend.
Pursuing his dream of making the U.S. Ski Team, the 18-year-old South Tahoe High School graduate died at a New Zealand ski resort, practicing mogul skiing in what was to be a three-year commitment to become the best.
“He was truly an awesome kid with a kind heart, and he was a tough, driven kid who did everything he could for the love of sport,” said Jere Crawford, who coached Eric for Heavenly Ski Foundation, an organization that helps local children and teenagers learn to ski competitively.
Known as the “Rad Rider” among friends and family, Eric skied competitively in free-style moguls for the Far West division of the organization, winning last year’s dual mogul contest at Squaw Valley. It was his lifelong desire to become a member of the U.S. Ski team, and he took the first step this summer by attending the New Zealand Summer Mogul Camp at Treble Cone.
Many described Eric as having three passions: One for skiing, one for the lake and the other for his family.
“He was skiing before he could even walk,” said his father Ron Nageotte, who along with John Lowe, shared the responsibility of raising Eric along with Eric’s mother, Toni Lowe.
Eric’s mother Toni described her son as mature beyond his years, with a warmth and compassion for everyone he met.
“He was sentimental. He watched his words. He never wanted to hurt anyone’s feelings,” she said. “He was such a beautiful young man in so many ways. He was my son and a part of my soul.”
He was supposed to come back home
It’s much too soon to say good-by.
They say God has his reasons,
it’s not for us to question why.
It’s so crowded up in Heaven
what could God possibly need him for?
When Eric came by knocking
God should’ve closed the door.
The world is full of turmoil
we need all the great people we can get.
That’s why we’re sad and angry…
we weren’t finished with him yet.
It’s hard to write a tribute
to a boy who’s just eighteen,
with so much of his life to live
and places to be seen.
He was a child of the mountains,
truly one of Tahoe’s best.
so it’s with fond memories and heavy hearts
we lay him down to rest.
He was supposed to come back home.
This September our community reluctantly said good-bye to a native son. We were all all looking forward to his promising future and are all truly saddened by this untimely and heart wrenching end to the life of a model youth and citizen. While we all send our most sincerest condolences to his family and friends, we know that nothing can soften the shock of his passing, not even time.
We would like to say “Thank You” to Eric for being with us for the time he was here, and never say good-bye, just say see you soon, son. We will never forget.