Noble lost his life on May 10, 2018, at Palouse Falls State Park five days after graduating from Washington State University and achieving his dream of becoming an Electrical Engineer. We hope the monies from this scholarship, which will be managed by the WSU foundation, will help to turn our profound grief and sadness into some kind of joy and inspiration to help others, which is what Noble, who embodied his name, was about. We would like to help a non-traditional student who finds inspiration in Noble's story. In addition, we hope to use this scholarship to spread awareness about ACE's and Trauma caused by early Child Abuse and Emotional Neglect. We’re grateful to the gofundme.com organization and the WSU foundation for allowing us to tell the world about our NOBLE and why we believe he is worthy of being remembered and honored in this way. We have included newspaper stories about our loss but we encourage you to read on about this man whose life was taken way too soon.
Noble was not the typical 20 something from the Millennial generation, likely the result of having learned life lessons early, a child of poverty brought up by a divorced single mother and three siblings. Noble took responsibility for his life and wouldn’t complain in the least. He wasn’t the kid with a dad at Boy Scout events or the kid with the latest Gameboy. He was the kid who helped his brother with his paper route, sold popcorn for summer camp, and suffered from nearly losing his eye as a toddler in a traumatic domestic violence incident which prevented him from entering the Air Force. He became a Life Scout and earned a black belt in karate and went to state in wrestling.
Like any young man, he loved spending time gaming with his friends and building the occasional computer or robot for a class project. He got a kick out of showing off his latest shuffle dance which he would do to entertain us when he played techno music, our favorite, the party rock anthem from LAFMO. He was wise beyond his youth and would talk about being the kind of engineer who would design a national HVDC electrical transmitter grid to benefit the United States. He would have been an amazing citizen, community leader, father, brother, and proud American.
Noble was a humble guy and quietly proud of the fact that he graduated in four years with little to no college debt, working summer jobs, earning scholarships, driving an old car with nearly 250,000 miles, recycling second hand clothes, and maintaining a 750 credit score. Noble was "old school" and likely the reason he was so respected by the faculty at Voiland School of Engineering. He was hired on the spot by Electrical Consultants, Inc., a coveted job offer he got after being nominated by several professors. Noble was excited about moving out of state and starting his new job. He was packing up his apartment and planning on coming home to celebrate his 26th birthday and Mothers the day, May 13, 2018, when his roommate took him to the falls.
Since his death, letters, cards, and comments left online about Noble have left us speechless, having no idea of the profound effect our young man had on the lives of others. Even his landlord fell to her knees in tears upon learning of his death, stating that Noble was the kindest and most thoughtful tenant out of hundreds of tenants in her years as a landlord. Noble never hurt anyone or anything and was known to help even the smallest living creature, whether it be a bug that someone wanted to squash or coming early to class to help an underclassman who was struggling with math or an engineering assignment. Then there was the story of the computer tech we hired to recover his computer. He called and got choked up and told us that Noble's computers contained none of the usual pornography which was common in his line of work. Instead he found a Christian young man with motivational verses and letters he wrote which expressed his love for his family and an appreciation for all he had. And the reason we added the "Mr. Awesome"? It was the sign-on he used on his computer, the way he motivated himself to succeed. Noble had laser vision and wouldn’t let anything distract him from a goal of graduating from college. When his mom signed him up on dating websites and tempted him with “girls” his senior year, Noble gushed, “Mom, stop worrying about me! I’ll find my wife! My focus right now is school, one thing at a time, Mom!”
Noble’s older brother Nate and younger sisters, Faith and Honor, are having a difficult time since the foursome always had each other to lean on in good times and bad. They are lost without him and trying to find their way to go on with life without their handsome and muscular 6’2” 220# big brother who gave the best of hugs. How do you grow old without your brother and best friend? Siblings are so often the forgotten victims in loss. We can only hope that when this "Mr. Awesome" scholarship is announced from the podium, he's up in heaven smiling, and we'll look up and say, yes, Noble, you really were pretty awesome!