- Meeting him and Valerie ten years ago in a little office in Provo. He was my first new friend after moving to Utah.
- For ten years after: many, many discussions.
- Going to OpenWest with him.
- Him joining Instructure with me. In the office I could hear him from across the way coming, flopping with his sandals… in Winter.
- Double dates. Restaurants. Card games. Civ 5. Speed typing!
- Lunch at the Porcupine. Just me and him. Catching up. Talking life.
- His relentless courtesy. He could have trained others to work in a queen’s palace.
- His patient listening. Always listening. Always ready to hear. Available. There. Willing to talk. Ready.
- Him politely enduring my endless litany of programming questions.
- I advertised a programming party to some friends. He is the only one that showed up.
- THESE are my sweetest memories with him: Running for 3-4 miles a few times a week and talking the ENTIRE time with him.
- But it wouldn’t end. Deep discussions ensued across the shower stall walls of Dimple Dell Recreation Center.
Braden, I thought our conversations would continue for decades to come. I loved YOU, economics-loving atheist friend. I enjoyed having those conversations WITH YOU. YOU were an amazing human being. I am crushed and devastated. I HATE death and I want you back. And you were WRONG about life not having any intrinsic value, because YOU had it.
More memories of Braden:
- Him introducing me to BYU’s 100 Hour Board. Often the topic of our conversation at Proton Communications.
- Late-night speed typing contests with him and his wife.
- The dude loved Scrolls and Minecraft.
- Civ 5. Dude logged 209 hours on it.
- A vocabulary for exclamation: Indubitably! Excellent! Breathtaking! Outstanding! Fascinating!
- Double-date to an Ethiopian restaurant. And quaint little restaurants downtown.
- I accidentally asked his wife if she was pregnant once while in the act of telling the story of accidentally asking a cashier if she was pregnant.
- Really hard to offend.
- He loved to quote http://slatestarcodex.com.
- Him and his wife were quirky nerds and were made for each other.
- His kids are sweet and gentle, a reflection of Braden’s personality.
- His haircut experiments. From full head, to monk, to bald.
He was leaving Remedy and got an offer at Lendio. I had recently joined Instructure. I convinced him to apply here before he took the position. He BCC’d me his e-mail to Lendio:
“To be frank, the main obstacle at this point is that Aaron Shafovaloff decided to go with Instructure. I would be excited to work with Aaron again, so I would have a hard time accepting an offer right now without at least meeting with Instructure.”
That meant a lot to me. He was my friend. And I miss him.
A coworker writes:
“Precisely…I just hear his voice ringing in my ear when i think of that word. I’d struggle to grasp and then put into words some developer concept, and when i finally explained it correctly, he’d quickly response in an upbeat voice…”PRECISELY”. That particular response always made me feel like I had it more together than I actually ever did.”