Drake Edwards, past business editor, dies in car collision


Courtesy of Green & Gold

On the afternoon of Dec. 23, Drake Edwards, Class of 2011, was involved in a collision on Highway 35. According to the Oregonian, he was in the passenger seat of a station wagon whose driver lost control on the icy road. Edwards died at the scene of the accident.

At West Linn, Edwards took Journalism I as a freshman and Journalism II as a junior. He was a skilled writer and a friendly leader who worked as the newspaper’s business editor during the 2009-10 school year. His senior year, he was the historian of the Associated Student Body and a lively announcer on the weekly Live Roar.

Edwards was a member of multiple very supportive communities; he was a devoted Christian, a snowboarder and a business communications student at Seattle Pacific University. Following his death, his friends coined the hashtag “#shredfordrake” in honor of his passion for snowboarding.

An extemporaneous candlelight vigil was held Christmas Eve at Willamette Christian Church in response to Edwards’ death. On Dec. 29, WCC held a memorial service, and on Jan. 4, another was organized at the First Free Methodist Church on the SPU campus.

Edwards is survived by his twin brother Warner, his sisters Jennifer and Tammy, and his parents Jim and Julie.