Trek Women
June 17, 2009

My Memory of Kevin

Kevin Pavlis: good friend, great father, loving husband, and cyclist.

My good friend Kevin Pavlis was struck by a car last Thursday while riding his bike in Boise, ID.  He passed away the next day on Friday, June 12th due to his injuries. He leaves behind his wife and 2 year old daughter. You can read about his life here: http://www.legacy.com/


I feel so sad when I hear about things like this happening to fellow cyclists. In Boise alone, two other cyclists were killed after being hit by vehicles in the last month.  This news hurts even more when it is a close friend.  I worked with Kevin at Idaho Mountain Touring when we lived in Boise. He was a wonderful friend, and co-worker, and a great person to go cycling with.  

I have this picture of me and Kevin...it is the only one I could find right now. The picture is from a LAC group mountain bike ride two summers ago. We went to the foothills and practiced going off rocks and maneuvering down drop offs. I was very new to mountain biking at the time, so Kevin was helping me out by pointing out the lines I should follow and making sure I was safe going down the rocks. He got off his bike and was helping me and the other timid cyclists, rather than riding around himself. He is such a gentleman, and great friend. I am glad I have this photo to remember that day.  Kevin
I will always remember his big smile, his boisterous laugh, and his Green-Tea Frapuccinos. (Actually, I don't know if he drinks them anymore, but he used to).  Thanks for all the good times at IMT and all our bike rides Kevin!  I will miss you! 

PLEASE: when you are cycling on the roads, take an extra second to be aware of your surroundings, and always wear a helmet. Kevin was wearing a helmet, and though it did not save his life, it could save yours.  Also, if you are driving, please pay attention to the road. These accidents happen so fast, and are so tragic, so please give driving your undivided attention.  And...Slow down!  Getting somewhere a little faster is not worth someone's life.  I hope everyone will be more careful and aware out there on the roads. 

Comments

I'm so sorry to read about the loss of your friend. Tragic. I just logged on to see if anything new was happening with our Trek website and read your post. My deepest sympathy to all those that cared for this dear, fellow cyclist.

Mary ( new WWR winner)

Posted by: Mary Strupp | Jun 19, 2009 1:48:51 PM

The last time I saw Kevin, the Friday before he died, he was hanging out with Sarma at the downtown Starbucks. He had his usual Green Tea Frapp; Sarma had her usual organic something-flake cereal and they were laughing and showing off videos he had of her on his phone. Starbucks posted Kevin's usual order (one pump, 1/2 coffee green tea frapp and a chonga bagel) and I saw them give more than one away to his co-workers and biker buddies who came in to order it. We were just starbucks buddies who shared stories and traded advice about our two-year-old girls (born six weeks apart) -- but everything you say rings true. a true gentleman, a great dad, a loving husband. he's rare and is missed deeply.

Posted by: Rebekah Cude | Jun 21, 2009 9:46:02 PM

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