Brendon McCallum

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Brendon McCallum
Jan. 7, 1980 - Dec. 19, 2012

Raised in Edmonds, WA and blessed with enormous energy, Brendon's active life started early as a swimmer and diver on Edmonds-Woodway High School teams. He was a ski instructor and tri-athlete. In Park City, Utah he worked as a weatherman and morning show host on Park City Television while continuing to serve as a ski instructor. He worked with ESPN on their coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City and enrolled in the University of Utah School of Communications.
A lover of pop music and sports, Brendon returned to Seattle and immediately went into the music "events" business, launching his own company, "Word of Mouth Events." He pioneered the "Winterball" formal event and worked with Varsity Events and Sound Unlimited.
A tragic diving accident in 2007 left Brendon a quadriplegic. The day doctors at Harborview Hospital informed Brendon he would never walk again, 103 people were on hand at the hospital to support him. Among them were the entire cheerleading teams for the Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies.
As quadriplegic, Brendon continued an active life, an avid Sounders FC and Seahawks fan, he attended games regularly, camped, attended music events and even sailed actively with the special needs foundation, Footloose. Brendon was known as an inspirational speaker on the topic of spinal cord injuries, wrote a regular inspirational newsletter and launched an inspirational podcast, Insignia Radio. As friends attested, "despite his challenging circumstances, Brendon had a smile on his face."
Active in Young Life as a student, Brendon had a long relationship with Westgate Chapel in Edmonds.
He is survived by his mother, Marni Muir (Phill Butler); his brother, David Carnahan (Alise) and their children; an aunt, uncle, and numerous nieces and nephews.
His Memorial Celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Westgate Chapel, 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, WA 98020, 425.775.2776.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 27, 2013
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