In Memoriam: Capt. Carroll “Lex” LeFon, USN, ret.
I can’t add anything meaningful to the dozens of tributes already on the Internet, but I can’t let the occasion of Captain LeFon’s passing go unmentioned. Known to most as “Lex,” he was a retired naval aviator, a widely read and admired milblogger (as “Neptunus Lex“) and most recently, a civilian contractor flying as an adversary at the Naval Fighter Weapons School at NAS Fallon, NV. He died there on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in an operational accident involving the F-21 Kfir jet fighter he was piloting.
I never met Lex, though we corresponded by email a couple of times during the three years or so that I was a daily reader of his blog. He graciously accepted my offer of a copy of The Lowlands of Heaven last year–one San Diego writer to another. But though we never met, I was surprised at how deeply I was affected by his passing. It was as if an old and dear friend had died.
Lex was widely admired for both his wisdom and the distinctive style of his writing. Many of his posts read like novels, some approach the lyricism of poetry. His subject matter ranged wide, including memoirs of his service in the US Navy, general aviation, current events, the wild world of politics, science, and the ever-popular “plane prOn.”
Lex leaves his wife and three children. He is deeply missed by many. Truly, we will not see his like again. Go with God, Captain.