2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake - Branson, MO, Apr 3 - 6, 2014

Happy, ever after

Happy ever after happened right here at Table Rock this weekend.

In the B.A.S.S. family, it has been a sad couple of weeks with the passing of Donna Menendez, Elite angler Mark’s Menendez’s wife.

And we will forever miss Donna, and will grieve with our friend and family member Mark.

But this weekend, Joy knocked, and we let ‘er in.

One of our own, a beloved member of the service crew, David White, married Crystal Morehead; both are from the Table Rock area and they thought it would be cool to get married here during an Elite tournament.

And cool it was.

I have known David White for the past 6 years, but it was only a short time ago that I found out that his name was in fact, David White.

To everyone on the tour, David White is known simply, and thankfully as….Happy.

And has always, and will ever be, Happy…Ever After.

None more so than this weekend when he said, “I do,” to Crystal.

“I met Crystal 5 years ago at a walleye tournament in Green Bay,” Happy is telling me as he sits holding his new bride’s hand.

I knew that because the next time I saw him, he told me, like a little kid, “db…I met this lady…she’s real neat, db.”

A few weeks ago, at our first Elite event, and after not seeing Happy since last season, as I drove into the service yard and got out of my Tundra, he came straight up to me and the first thing he said to me was exactly this, “db…Crystal and me are getting married at Table Rock. You’ll come to the wedding, won’t you?”

And in my brain there were doodles of,


“…is that this life becomes…”

And if you don’t think we are family out here, check this out, after launching barely at dawn and fishing/competing all day, then weighing in, the Elites still came out in force for Happy’s wedding.

The reception began at 6 p.m., but out in the parking lot at 5:45, after just weighing in and jumping up to 3rd place and having to fish the next morning, sat KVD in his boat getting his tackle ready.

At 6 p.m., he was at Happy’s side.

“Happy, by far, is the best support person that I have ever seen. He makes sure all of our equipment is 100%. Happy will give you the shirt of his back, or the tire off his truck if you need it.”

The reception to me was special, it was nice, good food, not massively fancy, it was something all those new bridal/wedding shows seem to lack, seem to forget to bring to the production,


The wedding cake was homemade, and featured a NITRO boat on it.

The bride helped serve some of the food.

In the crowd, suits, camo vests and Elite jerseys…a wedding planner’s, a fashionista’s nightmare.

To us, though, it was all just fine.

Just family.

Kevin VanDam bused tables.

Mark Zona brought his whole family.

Rick Clunn, Davy Hite, Ott DeFoe, Timmy Horton, Fletcher Shryock and other Elites came off the water and straight here, for Happy.

Here’s why, just one story, but this story will tell you why we all came:

Kevin VanDam: “db, I was having trouble with my boat alarm back at Lake Seminole. I told Happy about it but didn’t think much of it. One night I walk outside and hear what I think is a boat alarm beeping; I see my boat is covered and fine, as all the other boats are so I go back inside. It’s about 9 p.m., pitch dark outside but Davy Hite goes out to see what’s up, hears the boat alarm, too, and then sees that my boat cover is moving, that something is under it. Well, he runs up to it about to put some whoop-arse to whoever is in the boat and he lifts the cover up and there is Happy underneath it in the boat with a flashlight trying to fix my alarm. That’s the kind of guy he is.”

“…all that you want it to…”