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updated: 8/7/2014 10:14 AM

Services Friday for Long Grove man who died base jumping

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  • Adam Rubin, coming in after a jump.

    Adam Rubin, coming in after a jump.
    courtesy OF Becky Johns


Services have been set for Adam Rubin, a 23-year-old Long Grove native who died last week in a base jumping accident in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Rubin will be remembered with a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 W. Maple Ave., Mundelein, followed by a service at 8 p.m.

Rubin was born in Arlington Heights, grew up in Long Grove and graduated from Stevenson High School. He recently moved to California, friends said.

On Aug. 1, Rubin's parachute failed to open properly during a BASE jump near Shoshone Falls on the Snake River in Idaho, authorities said.

The adventurous 23-year-old enjoyed sky diving, base jumping, rock climbing and more.

"He loved his family and treated everyone as if he was their best friend," his obituary reads. "He will be dearly missed by all who knew him."

Friends at the Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, where Rubin learned to sky-dive, were mourning him this week.

"Everyone is just devastated. Anytime you hear about anyone in our flying family being injured or dying it's really sad, but this hits close to home," said Becky Johns, a fellow student in Rubin's first sky diving class in 2011.

"We jump out of perfectly good airplanes every day," Johns said. "We know there is an inherent risk in what we do, but everyone who does this does it because they love it and Adam was no exception."

BASE jumping is an acronym standing for the categories of fixed objects from which a person jumps -- building, antenna, span and Earth.

"Adam was that guy that always had a smile on his face. He was always looking for something fun," Johns said.

According to his obituary, Rubin is survived by his parents and sister, among other family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Care for Crohn's disease for the less fortunate 25768 N. Arrowhead Drive, Mundelein.

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