Trees live a long time. Some live longer than others due to genetics or luck. The 2011 Tornado damaged nearly every tree in the yard and the soft maples were the most easily damaged. Before the Tornado, high winds split a huge tree that was from the Lichte Ash/Cottonwood hybrid stock that was brought to the area by the doctor many years ago. As the many giant elms of long ago, this tree was also lost. The city dropped half the tree to avoid damage to their power lines and BK finished the job in fine fashion. He and his crew also dropped many of the tornado damaged trees.