Two Daredevils Unafraid to Soar Together

Two Daredevils Unafraid to Soar Together

The groom, 38, is a tandem instructor at Skydive Moab, a sky-diving operation in Moab, Utah, as well as a wingsuit flyer and BASE jumper. He has two bachelor’s degrees, one in industrial engineering from Purdue University and the other in nursing from the University of Maryland. He is a son of Leonard Mitchard of Annapolis, Md., and Rosemary Eyre-Brook of Charlottesville, Va.


Ms. Davis and Mr. Mitchard met at various air sports events and gatherings over the years but did not fall in love until late fall 2013, when both were car camping and sky diving near Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Ariz. She was sleeping in her Honda Fit and he in the green rusty van he called home at the time. On a few of their early dates, they cooked dinner together in his van. “I had no kitchen so she brought the stove,” he said.

She also brought the quinoa, which was their main course. After dinner, Mr. Mitchard played the guitar. “I was like ‘Hey, Ian is really cute,’” she recalled. “I never really noticed that before.”

At the time, she was emerging from a long depression after the death of her second husband, Mario Richard, who died while wingsuit flying during a flight with Ms. Davis in 2013 in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. (Ms. Davis’s first husband, whom she had divorced, was Dean Potter, a well-known rock climber, slack rope walker and all-around daredevil who died in 2015 in a wingsuit flying accident in Yosemite National Park.)

“When Ian and I fell in love, I didn’t expect it to happen on any level,” she said. “But, I’d just been through a pretty difficult experience where I didn’t expect it. We have to accept the bad things, we have to, but also the good things.”

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