Wednesday, June 23, 2010

«RIP Mr. Kralus»

So I just heard that one of my favorite teachers from high school died. Don Kralus and his wife died in a car wreck outside Terrace, BC in Canada on their way back from a vacation. An elderly driver crossed the center line and hit them head-on. The Canadian police figure they died instantly. The elderly driver and the Kralus' dog survived with minor injuries.

I had a lot of respect for that man. He taught Earth Science and Physics at the high school. Although the most common topic in class was Bigfoot. Mr. Kralus1 knew a guy in town who was a Bigfoot "expert". One year on the day before spring break he showed a video on Bigfoot and pointed out all the flaws. One example is in the famous Freeman Bigfoot footage the Bigfoot has no butt cleavage, indicating it was a suit. After that he became known as the Bigfoot Guy at high school and showing the video became an annual tradition. All throughout the year the topic of Bigfoot came up, and Mr. Kralus couldn't resist talking about it.

I have some good memories of Mr. Kralus. He was the only adult I knew of that watched South Park. I remember discussing the latest episode with him every week. He was a good friend as well as a teacher. He will be missed.

1: It's just so strange to call an old teacher by their first name, so I'm still calling him Mr. Kralus.


  1. Here's to a good man. May he rest in peace.

  2. I feel awful for your loss. Notice I avoided the "I'm sorry" that came to mind first. You twisted that very natural response all to hell.....

    Will you attend the memorial service for them? His family would be comforted to hear the stories from his past students of how he touched their lives. I hope that many attend and speak for him.

    Not sure how you handle grief, but if you need to talk you know I'm here for you.

  3. The memorial service will be July 2nd at 2 pm, held at the Ketchikan High School. I will be attending.


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