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Prayers For Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon and For the Lefon Family

Neptunus Lex - Husband, Father, Aviator, Warrior, Poet and Blogger - You will be missed.

Neptunus Lex - Husband, Father, Aviator, Warrior, Poet and Blogger - You will be missed.

 I heard that there was a horrible possibility last night.  I found out this morning that it wasn’t just a possibility anymore.  It was a fact. A wife had lost her husband.  Daughters and a son had lost their father.  A nation had lost a patriot, warrior, and leader.  I had lost a friend and inspiration.  The world had lost a good man.

Lex had taken a fire breathing Israeli made K-21 Kfir up into the sky yesterday as a civilian contract pilot helping to train aviators for the United States Navy’s Fighter Weapons School.  He never made it home.

Captain Carrol Lefon USN (retired) was better known as Neptunus Lex to those who read blogs.  Lex was everything I said in the first paragraph of this post and so much more.  If I were to think of words to describe him, quite a few come to mind.  Professional, excellent, humorous, loving, wickedly intelligent…  I wish I could be half the man he was.  Truth be told, I’d settle for being half the writer he was.  I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet that there will never be another post from a master of language and wit to take my mind off all that’s clouding it on any given day.  Like so many others, I never had the opportunity to meet him in person.  We exchanged emails from time to time and each one came across like I was corresponding with an old friend.  I devoured his writing on a daily basis and again it felt like I was reading something from someone I actually knew rather than someone who just posted on a blog.  The comments on the memorial post on his blog tell the story of who Lex was much better than any words I can conjure tonight.

So many things have swirled around in my mind since I heard the confirmation of Lex’s passing this morning and I just can’t seem to put any of it into words in a way that would do justice to his memory.  So instead of trying to do that, I’ll try to at least put it into words the best way I can and keep it short.

To Lex – Thank you for your service and for the kindness you’ve shown me over the years.  You were an inspiration to me and one of the reasons I kept up blogging over the years.  I doubt you realized the way that link on your blogroll boosted my morale and the pride I felt when I saw it up there.  You’ve been an example of diplomacy, decorum, professionalism, leadership, and what people mean when they say that someone is a good man.  You were an example of The Right Stuff.  While I’m incredibly sad for having lost you, I’m even more glad for having had the opportunity to know you through your writings.  We’ll be sure to raise a few toasts with some good Gunness (for strength!) in your memory.

To the Lefon family – I extend my deepest condolences and wish there was something more I could do for you.  I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now.  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.  I’ve said my thanks to Lex, but you also deserve thanks as well for being understanding and kind enough to share him with us along with sharing yourselves through him and his writing.

To everyone else – Please take some time to go through the archives of Capt. Lefon’s blog.  You’re sure to find wit and laughter, but you’ll also find a tremendous amount of wisdom about an astounding array of topics.  One of my favorite literary works penned by the good Captain was titled Rhythms.  It is well worth your time.

Godspeed and blue skies, Lex.  You will be greatly missed.

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