Paul "Bear" Vasquez lived simply. He sheltered on the side of a mountain outside Yosemite National Park, grew his own food and woke up every morning to one of the most magnificent views in California.
Late last night, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Paul L Vasquez, a.k.a. the #DoubleRainbowGuy from YouTube or simply "Bear" to those who knew him.
I had the privilege of working with him and many other viral YouTubers in 2011 for a concept movie trailer I produced that attempted to explore the question "What if the Internet was a world of its own?" Obviously, the Double Rainbow Guy needed to be a part of this, so I reached out and the rest is history.
I'll always look back on our two-day film shoot as one of the most fun and unique groups of people I had the privilege of working with, and what a fun project it was. Thanks for being willing to fly out and be a part of it, Bear. And thanks for being willing to come to Comic-Con the next year to help with some PR. You added a real joy and energy to the project and it wouldn't have been the same without you. I know we weren't that close, but looking back to those two days, everyone on set had become family, and you will be missed.
My condolences go out to Bear's family and loved ones who knew him best. I pray that you will be able to find God's peace during this difficult time of mourning and loss.
Bear, I still think of you and quote your video whenever I see a double rainbow.