14-year-old Boy Scout from Edina dies while hiking in New Mexico

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2009 - 7:28 PM

He collapsed during a trek with his troop at a ranch in New Mexico.

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Timothy Nunn died Friday while hiking with members of his Scout troop at Philmont Scout Ranch, in northern New Mexico.

The parents of a 14-year-old Edina Boy Scout who collapsed and died at a wilderness camp in New Mexico are taking solace in the belief their son died doing something he loved.

Timothy Nunn died Friday while hiking with members his Scout troop at Philmont Scout Ranch, a 200-square-mile base in northern New Mexico. The cause of the boy's death is not known.

Timmy's parents, Jim and Zibby Nunn, flew to New Mexico on Friday night after being notified of their son's death by the executive staff of the Northern Star Council, which includes Scout troops from Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The Nunns were not available for comment Sunday, but in a prepared statement said: "Timmy loved Boy Scouts. All preliminary indications are that there is nothing anyone could have done, whether he would have been at home or out on a hike, to save him."

The Nunn family also said they have encouraged the Scouts in Timmy's group to continue their trip at Philmont and that their son's funeral will be held in early August after the group returns from New Mexico. "Timmy would have wanted them to finish their trek; they have all been looking forward to it for a year or more," said Jim Nunn.

Timmy's group, which included 28 boys and adults, was in the third day of its trip to Philmont when he collapsed, said Kent York, marketing director for the Northern Star Council. York said group members immediately performed CPR, as did emergency medical personnel called from Philmont and Cimarron, N.M. They were unable to resuscitate the boy, York said.

York said Scouts spend years preparing for their trips to Philmont, a mountainous base geared for older Scouts who can handle rigorous activities and adventures. Scouts are required to get physical examinations before going, he said.

York said he had never met Timmy but added: "By all accounts he was well-loved and a great kid. This is a very sad day for everyone in our scouting family."

In addition to scouting, Timmy was active in baseball in Edina as a member of the 14/15 Babe Ruth Twins team.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Aug. 3 at Washburn-McReavy, W 50th and Vernon at Hway 100.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 4 at Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Rd.

Donations for a memorial fund in Timmy's name can be made through the Edina Baseball Association on its website, edinabaseball.org, or by sending a check to the Edina Park and Recreation Department, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.

Susan Feyder • 612-673-1723

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