Tragedy struck the Fresno office of the California Department of Fish and Game January 5, 2010 when a helicopter carrying three of the office's four wildlife specialists clipped a power line and crashed, killing the three men and their pilot. Among the three was SCA member Tom Stolberg, known in the Current Middle Ages as Thomas of St. Brendans.
From the Fresno Bee:
Outside of work, Stolberg remained active in the Boy Scouts, leading teenagers on five-day trips through Yosemite National Park. He was also a member of the the Society for Creative Anachronism, which recreates the arts and crafts of medieval Europe and re-enacts battles in homemade armor.
He dabbled in a little bit of everything: wrestling, sewing, gardening, cooking, studying World War II history, re-enacting medieval warfare battles, and making cordial -- a type of alcoholic drink with medieval roots. His shelves were stacked with books on history, ships and guns.
Thomas was 32 years old.