Soldier killed in Alaska car crash is remembered as the 'jokester'
By BROOKE SPURLOCK | The Springfield News-Sun | Published: February 12, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A 21-year-old soldier from Urbana who died Friday afternoon as a result of a crash will be remembered as a jokester who liked to make everyone laugh.
Spc. Cameron Logwood was traveling to Anchorage, Alaska for an intramural basketball tournament with two other soldiers when they crashed on Parks Highway in Alaska.
“He always was the jokester and the class clown,” said Logwood’s stepmother Stacey Logwood. “He could take the most ugly situation and turn them into humor for people because he was always joking, making people smile and being uplifting.”
Cameron Logwood was an aircraft fuel handler for the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment and was stationed with the U.S. Army in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
“The Army was like a true wake up call when it came to having some structure and having growth moments,” Stacey Logwood said. “What is so hard for us is that he really has made these significant strides the last couple years in maturity. He was really coming into his own and building a nice life for himself.”
Cameron Logwood played for Urbana High School before continuing on and playing the last three years in the Army where his team was ranked nationally, his stepmother said.
“He was very talented in basketball, very athletically gifted so we were very excited when he was able to continue his basketball in the Army,” she said.
“He was the person you could count on when it came to his work. He really prided himself in what he did,” Stacey Logwood said. “He was also the kind of person you could cut loose with and he couldn’t stay serious long.”
According to an Alaska State Trooper, the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday when there was heavy snow, low visibility and an icy highway.
Cameron Logwood was driving a compact sport utility vehicle when he struck a northbound one-ton pickup truck, driven by Jeffrey Sanderson, 35, of Washington state, that was rounding a curve, troopers said. Sanderson tried but was unsuccessful in avoiding the collision.
Cameron Logwood died at the scene, and the two soldiers were injured.
Stacey Logwood said the team agreed to go on and play the tournament in honor of Cameron. They won both games.
“You never expect the Army to show up at your door in the early morning hours, and when they do everything in your world comes crashing down,” she said. “To have his Army family find us on social media, send us video clips, that has been so helpful for us.”
Cameron Logwood is also survived by his mother, Dawn Johnson; father, Shawn; stepfather, Junior Johnson; two brothers, Jailin and Taran, and a sister, Kennedy.
Funeral services have not yet been set.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that cash donations be sent to Vernon Funeral Home, 235 Miami St., Urbana. Stacey Logwood said the family will be donating all the cash to local basketball programs so that low-income kids can have the chance to play.
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