As has already been mentioned on the APEX OTN forum and other places on the Internet, our good friend and colleague, Carl Backstrom, passed away on Sunday, 26-OCT-2008.
I spoke with Carl's family last evening. I should have more details later this week, but his family is tentatively planning on a memorial service sometime next week in Riverside, CA. Additionally, his sister said that they're thinking of setting up a trust fund for Carl's daughter, in lieu of flowers or cards. I'll post these details as I get them.
Carl was simply a great guy who touched so many people in such a positive way.