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F-M area skydiver dies from injuries

Kyle Marple is remembered for being a thorough and caring person who enjoyed introducing the sport of skydiving to others.

The 37-year-old died Monday at Fargo's Innovis Health from injuries he suffered in a hard landing while skydiving at the West Fargo Airport on April 19, a friend and fellow skydiving enthusiast of Marple's said.

"He's going to be missed," said Brad Heim, who is a safety and training adviser for Skydive Fargo Inc., a diving club of which Marple is a former president. "He was a true professional. He believed in passing on skydiving to every person he met."

Marple, who worked as a dispatcher for the Red River Regional Dispatch Center in Fargo, was a tandem skydiving instructor and veteran of about 2,000 jumps.

Heim, who met Marple through skydiving about nine years ago, described Marple as an honest and loyal friend.

"Kyle was very thorough and gave 110 percent on everything that he did," Heim said.

Heim said Marple had about six years of tandem diving instructor experience. "He really loved what he was doing. He wanted to keep people in the sport because he loved it so much."

Authorities responded to the West Fargo Airport at about 6 p.m. April 19 after Marple's third jump for the day went wrong. Although Marple's parachute opened, he had a hard landing.

West Fargo police ruled the incident an accident last week.

A regional dispatcher said no information on Marple could be released Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marple family during this difficult time," Heim said. "Kyle touched so many lives."

Services are pending.