Pictured, Draper, a father-of-six, was at the Brighton Ski Resort on Wednesday morning when the fatal accident took place
A Utah father-of-six was killed in a freak skiing accident after powder from a snow machine covered his goggles, blinding the experienced skier and causing him to crash into a snowbank.
Lee Draper, 55, was at the Brighton Ski Resort on Wednesday morning when he suffered a serious brain injury from the crash that ultimately cost him his life.
Draper’s children spoke to ABC4 and said their father’s two major 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 by his passing,’ Lee’s oldest son, Tom Draper, told the station.
‘He would give almost anything for anyone 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 their dad was in good shape even into his older years so he could continue to enjoy and experience life with them.
Lee Draper, pictured right, seen pictured with two of his six children during the fatal skiing trip on Wednesday, when a snowblower blocked Lee’s vision causing him to crash into a bank
Pictured: a snowblower at the Brighton Ski Resort in Utah, which blocked Draper’s vision and caused him to crash into a bank, killing him
Artificial snow, pictured, from a snowblower is scene billowing onto the ski resort at the Majestic Run
The Draper’s, pictured, on the Majestic run at the Brighton Ski Resort in Utah before the freak accident cost their father his life
‘He told me the reason he stayed fit all his life was so that he could do things with us and be with us and be healthy for us,’ Draper’s youngest son, 18-year-old Moses said.
Moses was with his father when the two went down the Majestic run at the Brighton Resort, located about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
Moses said he nearly crashed after a snowblower had blocked their vision, however his father was not so lucky.
‘I tried checking for a pulse but my hands were so cold it was kind of hard to feel’ Moses said.
The station reported Moses as saying his father had wished to back out of that particular skiing trip, but decided to go through with the plans to spend time with some of his children.
‘He called me at 6:30 and said we are going skiing and I was so excited,’ Moses said tearfully.
‘He was the greatest man I knew and the world had lost the world has lost something great by his passing,’ said Lee’s oldest 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 that their father’s proudest accomplishment in life was being a dad
Draper’s children said the father-of-six and avid outdoorsman stayed in good shape even into his older years so he could continue to enjoy and experience life with them
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 accomplishment in life was being a dad.
‘I think that he would hope that we would all wake up in the morning and go fishing or go on an adventure and not let this hold us back,’ said Draper’s youngest daughter, Shelby Heier.
‘I hope people still catch me in the street and be like you are a Draper kid we love your mom and dad so much we are so lucky to have them,’ Lee’s oldest daughter, Jacey Humphreys, added.
Draper leaves behind 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.