Even in death Abbey was inspirational

Edward Abbey, in a career spanning four decades, wrote passionately in defense of the Southwest and its inhabitants, "Resist much, obey little," from Walt Withman, was his motto. Abbey was a genuine rebel who simply did not believe in the modern industrial way of life. He wrote against the grain, in 1969 he published one of the first great environmental novels 'Desert Solitare'. Abbey's novel 'The Monkey Wrench Gang' inspired many of the direct action enviromental protection movements of our time.

Abbey was a dedicated outdoorsman, a father, a farmer, a rancher, a lover and a drinker. His books and essays are a must read and will, hopefully, continue to inspire generations long into the future. The website 'Abbey's Web' is a great resource for learning more about Abbey's life and his works.

Edward Abbey died March 14 1989 at his home in "Fort Llatikcuf " (read backwards) near Tucson, Arizona from complications from surgery. He was 62. Even in death Abbey was inspirational, his burial was different from all others, as requested by himself. Abbey wrote a message directed to his wife and pertained to what Ed Abbey wanted done for him, and not to him, after his death.

He wanted his body transported in the bed of a pickup truck. He wanted to be buried as soon as possible. He wanted no undertakers. No embalming, for Godsake. No coffin. Just an old sleeping bag... Disregard all state laws concerning burial. "I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree." said the message. As for graveside ceremony: He wanted gunfire, and a little music.

Ed lived a great life, his books and essays continue to inspire me and many others, Edward Abbey is one of my heroes.