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Wife remembers man who died while kayaking on Wolf River

(Photo Source: Maurrean Barger) (Photo Source: Maurrean Barger)
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(Photo Source: Maurrean Barger) (Photo Source: Maurrean Barger)

(WMC) - Dave Barger Jr., the founder of LunaWeb, an Internet marketing and web design company, was loved by his family, friends, and co-workers.  

His wife, Maurrean Barger, says he helped many Memphis businesses start Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.    

And now, Barger is remembering this son, husband, and father after a tragic weekend boating accident.

On Saturday, Dave Barger and his family went kayaking on the Wolf River.

"It all happened so quickly.  We weren't gonna spend a lot of time together in the next couple of weeks.  So we wanted to take them out and spend time together," says Maurrean Barger.  

Family members say Barger, an avid outdoorsman, had only been kayaking for about 6 months.

This was their first family boating excursion.

Just before 2 p.m., something went terribly wrong. Dave Barger's kayak capsized. 

Around 2:15 on Saturday afternoon, Memphis and Germantown Fire Department responded to a call regarding a person missing in the Wolf River near Humphreys Boulevard and Germantown Parkway.

Maurrean told investigators the family of four was kayaking, when David's kayak capsized. The family called 911, ran up to the road and flagged down help.

An off-duty officer nearby responded, and searchers went downstream where the Memphis Fire Department joined the search at Walnut Grove Road and Humphreys Boulevard. When responders arrived, Memphis Police Air Support joined the search and the victim's kayak was located.

Responders said that section of the Wolf River was inaccessible and the current was swift.

He died at Baptist Memphis.

"I cannot imagine a better father for my children or husband.  He loved spending time with us, even if it was flying quadcopters or playing baseball or swimming.  It didn't matter what we were doing," continues Maurrean Barger.

Dave Barger was, in many ways, a modern day Renaissance man.

His family says he could do just about anything.

"He was the kind of guy that if you needed something, he was the guy you want," adds Maurrean Barger.

Nearly 20 years ago, Barger built his Internet marketing and web design company, LunaWeb, from the ground up.

Barger's father says his son was a multi-tasker and remembered everything.

"I guess I'd have to say he was the biggest 5'10" man you'll ever meet.  Just deep...deep in heart," adds father David Barger Sr.

Since Barger's death, social media has been abuzz about his life and legacy.

Friends from across the country have been leaving their posts using the hashtag #rememberDave.

"He helped people far and wide, not only in Memphis, but also people across the nation are missing and loving him right now," says Maurrean Barger.  

Dave Barger's memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at the Calvary Church of the Nazarene at 1851 North Houston Levee Road. 

The Dave Barger Memorial Fund has been set up at any Trustmark Bank.

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