Lynden Ashley McLaughlan, age 50, died suddenly of unknown causes on Sunday, March 24, 2019 while visiting Lake Tahoe, California for a ski trip with his son and friends. He and his wife of 20 years, Kristina Schwarz McLaughlan, lived in Piedmont, California with their two children, Alex (age 15) and Lea (age 12).
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Lynden was the son of Ian and Rona McLaughlan and older brother to Marc and Danielle. After finishing school in Australia, Lynden spent several years traveling the world, working as a rafting guide, ski instructor and briefly as a London bike messenger. He got married and settled in the Bay Area with Kristina in 1998, where he successfully combined his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for both people and real estate, steadily building his own Bay Area portfolio and construction company over the past 20 years.
Lynden was a lifetime athlete, competing as a swimmer, triathlete, kayaker and professional rafting guide during his years in Australia. In the US, he notably hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, covering all 2,200 miles from Maine to Georgia during a very snowy winter with only a backpack and pair of very old donated snow shoes. Lynden put those strong hiking legs to use most recently as an avid cyclist and enthusiastic coach of his kids’ mountain biking teams. He will be fondly remembered for his love of his family and friends as well as the generosity, optimism and boundless energy he brought to everything he did.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lynden on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Piedmont Veterans Hall at 401 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611 from 3-5pm. All are welcome to attend to share their thoughts and memories of Lynden, preferably in very casual dress to honor his year-round style of sneakers, shorts, t-shirts and fleece jackets.