EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- A Eugene family is remembering their son by starting a foundation for an issue that was very close to his heart. The foundation is named after 27-year-old Erin Noble who traveled the world and cared deeply about protecting the planet. Erin would have turned 28 on November 7.
Erin along with three others died in a small plane crash back in June, near Veneta. His dad Pete, who owns a green wood business, decided to turn his front office into the headquarters for the Be Noble Foundation. Its goal is to save the Amazon Creek headwaters in Eugene. The current owner of the 26-acre site, which runs from the Amazon Trail all the way to Spencer Butte, wants to turn it into a residential area.
Pete says he made several bonds with his son before he passed.
“One of the bonds was after the Country Fair, said Pete. “He and I would get together to help his mother save the headwaters of the Amazon [Creek]. I'm continuing that voyage in life. I'm putting every effort I have, my business, everything else, on [the] line to go after it."
The foundation also has blue bracelets with the words Be Noble on them for people who'd like to get involved.
The Noble family hopes the City of Eugene acquires the land and puts it in the park system. If you'd like to learn more about the project including how to get involved, click on http://www.be-noble.org/index.html