Pictured, Draper, a father of six, was at the Brighton Ski Resort Wednesday morning when the fatal accident happened
A Utah father of six was killed in a freak skiing accident after powder from a snow machine covered his goggles, blinding the veteran skier and crashing into a snow bank.
Lee Draper, 55, was at the Brighton Ski Resort on Wednesday morning when he suffered serious brain damage from the crash that ultimately killed him.
Draper’s kids spoke to ABC4 and said their fathers two great passions in life were the outdoors and his children, who range in age from 18 to 38.
“He was the greatest man I knew and the world had lost something great in his passing,” Lee’s eldest son, Tom Draper, told the station.
“He would give almost everything for everyone around him and that he would give everything for his family,” said the 38-year-old son.
“He was everything,” he added.
Draper’s children said that their father was in good shape even in his older years so that he could continue to enjoy life with them and experience life.
Lee Draper, pictured right, pictured with two of his six children during Wednesday’s fatal ski trip when a snowblower blocked Lee’s view causing him to crash into a bench
Pictured: A snow blower at the Brighton Ski Resort in Utah, which blocked Draper’s view and caused him to crash into a bank, killing him
Artificial snow, pictured, from a snow blower, ripples on the ski area at the Majestic Run
The Draper’s, pictured, on the Majestic run at the Brighton Ski Resort in Utah before the freak accident took their father’s life
“He told me the reason he stayed fit all his life was so he could do things with us and be with us and be healthy for us,” said Draper’s youngest son, 18-year-old Moses.
Moses was with his father when the two went down the Majestic run at the Brighton Resort, about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
Moses said he nearly crashed after a snow blower blocked their view, but his father wasn’t so lucky.
“I tried to check my heart rate, but my hands were so cold it was hard to feel,” Moses said.
The station reported that Moses had said his father had wanted to stop with that particular ski trip, but decided to go ahead with plans to spend time with some of his children.
“He called me at 5:30 and said we were going skiing and I was so excited,” Moses said in tears.
“He was the greatest man I knew and had lost the world, the world has lost something great in his passing,” said Lee’s eldest son, Tom Draper, pictured above.
Moses Draper, 18, is Lee Draper’s youngest son. Moses had accompanied his father on the fatal ski trip on Wednesday
Pictured: Draper’s two daughters, Shelby Heier, left and Jacey Humphreys, right, told ABC4 their father’s proudest achievement in life was fatherhood
Draper’s children said that the father of six and avid outdoorsman kept in great shape even in his older years so that he could continue to enjoy life with them and experience life.
Draper, pictured, leaves behind by his wife Tami, five siblings, along with his six children and many grandchildren
Draper’s two daughters, Shelby and Jacey, told ABC4 that their father’s proudest achievement in life was fatherhood.
“I think he would hope that we would all wake up in the morning and go fishing or go on an adventure and not let that stop us,” said Draper’s youngest daughter, Shelby Heier.
“I hope people still catch me on the street pretending you’re a Draper kid. We love your mom and dad so much that we’re so lucky to have them,” added Lee’s eldest daughter, Jacey Humphreys. .
Draper is survived by his wife Tami, five siblings, along with his six children and many grandchildren, according to ABC4. The family lived in Hyde Park, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.