Hoyt like so many of us was enchanted by the path of the river, and pursued kayaking and canoeing well into his late 70s until health issues limited his activities. Uncle Hoyt lead many of todayâs ancient mariners on their first descents down whitewater and was of the mind that every weekend was the last chance for good water.
Hoyt loved to share his passion for the outdoors with others in stories and paintings. His beautiful watercolors of kayaking, canoeing, and country life are hanging over the fireplaces of many homes throughout the country; and his colorful boating tales still ring clear in the minds of many of us after all these years.
Hoyt died of leukemia during the last week of July after more than 85 years of lifeâs adventures and told his doctor and family that â Iâve lived a good life; Iâve done everything I ever wanted to do; I have no regrets; Iâm ready to go.â
Well Hoyt, Iâm going to miss you and your quiet country boy charm. Iâll never forget the fantastic times we had together. I love you old man and know your legacy and spirit will live on in my mind for as long as I live. Thanks for everything Uncle Hoyt!
One of Hoytâs last requests was that Team River Runner pass his boating gear on to the brave men and women recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Thank you Hoyt for making a difference in peoples lives!