John Percin Jr., 24

John Percin Jr. loved hiking, basketball and especially his family, which included his English Lab, Champ.

“John’s honesty and loyalty guided him every step of the way,” his family wrote in a statement released this week.

They recalled his smile, his kindness, how proud they are of him.

“He was probably the strongest and bravest young man I have ever met in my life,” his aunt, Donna Percin Pederson, told The Associated Press.

Mr. Percin was a multisport high school athlete who graduated in 2007 from West Linn High School, southeast of Portland, Ore., The Associated Press reported.

“His passion for life was deep, and he approached every day with optimism and excitement,” the family statement said. “John was truly at peace when he was out enjoying the beauty of life.”

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