A hero in the local mountaineering community has died in a base jumping accident overseas.
FOX 12 has learned that 53-year-old Mike Leming died over the weekend while he was base jumping in Norway. Leming was a volunteer for Portland Mountain Rescue, and friends say he loved what he did.
Leming was interviewed by FOX 12 in 2009 after his own rescue after a fall on Mt. Hood. Leming was doing practice exercises with Portland Mountain Rescue when he fell and injured both of his ankles.
Leming’s fellow volunteers learned that he was base jumping in Norway over the weekend when something went wrong and he died.
Rocky Henderson said Leming was so athletic and strong, and he always wanted him on his search and rescue team. But he adds that Leming’s outdoor skills paled in comparison to the kind of person he was.
“Everyone that was his friend felt like he was their best friend,” said Henderson. “He just had a way of being able to focus in on whoever he was talking to to make them feel like they were the most important thing in his life at the moment. He was just one of those kind of people.”
Leming worked at Nike for 15 years and was a Chief Talent Scout when he left the company in 2015.
After learning about Leming's death, Nike released the following statement:
Nike extends its deepest sympathies to Michael Leming’s family and friends. Michael worked at Nike for 15 years and was Chief Talent Scout when he left in early 2015. Michael had a true adventurous spirit and was always inspired by the challenges in front of him.
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