FOREST LAKES, AZ - An experienced outdoorsman fell to his death after losing his balance while hiking with his family near Woods Canyon Lake at the Mogollon Rim, relatives said.
Casey Frazier, 36, took his son, his fiancé and her three daughters camping last weekend.
“It was probably the most amazing trip as a family,” said his fiancé, Tanya Hill.
Hill said Frazier suggested that everyone close their eyes and absorb the natural elements around them.
“We just sat there and had a moment, and he said he’d never been happier in his life,” Hill told ABC15.
As the family headed back to their campsite on Saturday afternoon, Frazier said he wanted to take one more look at the view from a 200-foot ledge. A moment later, he lost his balance and fell.
“Every time I close my eyes, that’s what I see,” said Hill. “There was nothing I could do, but watch. I was helpless.”
Frazier grew up in Fountain Hills and adored the outdoors, said his sister, Keri Wheelwright.
“He was the light of the room,” Wheelwright said. “He was the light of our lives.”
Frazier has a nine-year-old son, Trent, who just started the fourth grade.
On Tuesday, his relatives went back to the spot where Frazier fell. They planted a tree in his memory and said they felt at peace.
“He made me proud every day,” said Frazier’s mother, Katy Robertson.
Relatives have setup a donation account with Wells Fargo (Account Number: 6513704806) under the name Casey Frazier to assist his family.
His funeral is scheduled for August 24 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church on First Avenue in Mesa.
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