I dealt with Damon on a business level and had immense respect for his engineering/geologic knowledge and his very human manner. I was supposed to meet with him and his staff on a project he had been working on for many years, a landfill closure, the Wednesday after the accident, unknown to him. It had been many years since I had seen him in person but had spoken to him on the phone about a month previously and it was like we had spoken the day before like no time had passed.
He was one of the most respected people in his field and will be missed very much.
I never had the chance to meet his family and my heart goes out to those left to grieve for them. It is hardest for them as I do believe Damon, Sarah and Duncan are with departed family now.