Thanks, Jim... he left a wife and extended family, but no children of his own.
I don't want to die doing an activity, no matter how much I love it, I want to die with the people I love knowing I'm at peace. So not knowing how he felt about it I struggle with this. At least his body was found so they know where he is anyway. The consolation I do have is being pretty sure he would have wanted to be scattered in the mountains, so he is at least resting where he would have wanted, more or less. From the sounds of it, he may not have even fully realized what was happening to him before it was all over.
YMMV. Viewer discretion is advised.