MEMORIAL LIST

Photo by Matt McKee

The American Victim must meet one of the following criteria to be included on the Memorial list:

1. The victim was working in a professional or volunteer capacity performing avalanche hazard mitigation, avalanche research, avalanche education, avalanche forecasting, avalanche rescue work, or guiding in avalanche terrain at the time they were killed.

2. The victim was employed as an avalanche professional and was killed in an avalanche while off-duty.

Please contact Halsted Morris, AAA Awards & Memorials Chair, with questions.

OCCUPATIONS OF THE LISTED VICTIMS

26   Ski Patrollers
15   Highway Technicians
3   USFS Snow Rangers
5   Avalanche Forecasters
3   Avalauncher Gunners
2   Climbing Guides
5   Helicopter Ski Guides
1   Railroad Technicians
1   Search and Rescue Team Member
2   Snowcat Ski Guides
1   Ski area Trail Crew Member
1   Snowboard Guide
1 Backcountry Ski Guide

PERCENTAGE BREAKDOWN OF EACH OCCUPATION

39%   Ski Patrollers
23%   Highway Technicians
5%   USFS Snow Rangers
8%   Avalanche Forecasters
5%   Avalauncher Gunners
3%   Climbing Guides
8%   Helicopter Ski Guides
2%   Railroad Technicians
2%   Search & Rescue Team Members
3%   Snowcat Ski Guides
2%   Ski Area Trail Crew Members
2%   Snowboard Guide
2% Backcountry Ski Guide

TYPES OF ACCIDENTS IN WHICH THE VICTIMS WERE INVOLVED

53   Avalanche Accident Victims
2   Explosives Related Accident Victims
6   Gunnery Related Accident Victims

Two Avalauncher gunners and 2 highway technicians where killed at Helms Creek, CA in one accident.

Two USFS Snow Rangers where killed in two other separate gunnery accidents.

THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS ARE THOSE THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER

March 22, 2016
Rick “Oz” Oswald
Snowcat ski guide
Mt Bailey, OR
Avalanche Accident

March 8, 2016
Kip Rand
Avalanche Forecaster
Mt. Joseph, OR
Cornice Failure

January 19, 2016
Darren Johnson,
Ski Patroller
Yellowstone Club, MT
Avalanche Accident

April 1, 2015
Peter “Pi” Inglis
Backcountry Ski Guide
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
Avalanche Accident/Cornice Failure

May 29 (likely), 2014
Matthew Hegeman
Climbing Guide
Mount Rainier, WA
Icefall Avalanche Accident

May 29 (likely), 2014
Eitan Green
Climbing Guide
Mount Rainier, WA
Icefall Avalanche Accident

March 15, 2014
Aaron Karitis
Heliski Guide
Haines, AK
Avalanche Accident

March 4, 2014
Colin Sutton
Wolf Creek Ski Patroller/Heliski Guide
East San Juan Mountains, CO
Avalanche Accident

April 20, 2013
Rick Gaukel
Snowboard Guide
Loveland Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

April 11, 2013
Craig Patterson
UDOT Forecaster
Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Avalanche Accident

March 3, 2013
Christian Cabanilla
Heliski Guide
Haines, AK
Cornice Collapse

December 30, 2012
Patricia “Patsy” Hileman
Ski Patroller
Snowmass Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

December 24, 2012
Bill Foster
Ski Patroller
Alpine Meadows Ski Area, CA
Avalanche Accident

January 31, 2002
Brian Roust
Ski Patroller
Canyons Ski Resort, UT
Avalanche Accident

November 22, 2010
Scott Kay
Ski Patroller
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Avalanche Accident

January 9, 2010
Mark “Big Wally” Wolling
Ski Patroller
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Avalanche Accident

March 3, 2009
Andrew “Drew” James Entin
Ski Patroller
Squaw Valley, CA
Avalanche Accident

March 8, 2008
Mike O’Leary
Avalanche Forecaster
Cordova, AK
Avalanche Accident

January 22, 2004
Jeffery Nissman
Avalanche Forecaster
Portage, AK.
Avalanche Accident

February 1, 2000
Kerry Brookman
Alaska Railroad Heavy Equipment Operator
Avalanche Accident

October 21, 1998
Everett J. Birch
Avalauncher crew member
Pandora Unit of Idarado Mining, CO
In bore launcher round predetonated accident

December 25, 1996
Erika E. Pankow
Ski Patroller
Big Sky, MT
Explosives Accident

February 10, 1996
Jim Otteson
Helicopter Ski Guide
Paradise Peak, ID
Avalanche Accident

June 14, 1995
Bruce Hance
NPS Highway Technician
Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, CA
Avalanche Accident

December 17, 1994
Steve Burchett
Ski Patroller
Mission Ridge, WA
Avalanche Accident

November 23, 1994
Roger Evans
USFS Snow Ranger
Alpine Meadows, CA
Gunnery Accident

July 17, 1992
Gordon Burlingame
Avalanche Control Supervisor
WSDOT North Central Region
Servicing a weather tower, tower collapse

March 5, 1992
Eddie Imel
CDOT Highway Technician
Red Mountain Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 12, 1992
Mark Yates
Avalanche Forecaster
La Sal Mountains, UT
Avalanche Accident

February 19, 1989
Jefferson Wong
Ski Patroller
Mount Hood Meadows, WA
Avalanche Accident

August 3, 1986
Ian Kraabel
Climbing Guide
Mt. Baker, WA
Avalanche Accident

February 17, 1986
Tommy Raymer
Ski Patroller
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Avalanche Accident

February 4, 1986
Kim Momb
Helicopter Ski Guide
Selkirk Mountains, Canada
Avalanche Accident

December 2, 1985
Paul Driscoll
Ski Patroller
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1984
Tom Snyder
Ski Patroller
Highlands ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1984
Craig Soddy
Ski Patroller
Highlands Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1984
Chris Kessler
Ski Patroller
Highlands Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

December 18, 1983
Mickey Johnston
Ski Patroller
Copper Mountain Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

December 24, 1982
David Stutzman
Ski Patroller
Big Sky, MT
Avalanche Accident

December 22, 1982
Steven Forsythe
Highway Technician
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

December 22, 1982
Charles Marvin
Highway Technician
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

December 22, 1982
Douglas Wiens
Avalauncher Gunner
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

December 22, 1982
Gary Pheister
Avalauncher Gunner
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

March 31, 1982
Jeffery “Jake” Smith
Trail Crew Member
Alpine Meadows, CA
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1982
Bernie Kingery
Ski Patroller/Mountain Manager
Alpine Meadows, CA
Avalanche Accident

January 25, 1982
Albert Dow
Search & Rescue Team Member
Mt. Washington, NH
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1981
Roberto Gasperl
Ski Patroller
Snowmass Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 4, 1979
William F. “Willi” Unsoeld
Climbing Guide
Rainier National Park, WA
Avalanche Accident

February 10, 1978
George Morris
County Road Operator
Twin Lakes, CA
Avalanche Accident

February 10, 1978
Terry Kishbaugh
CDOT Highway Technician
Red Mountain Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 9, 1978
Tyler Hammond
Highway Technician
Helms Creek, CA
Avalanche Accident

November 23, 1974
Peter Horridge
Ski Patroller
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 7, 1974
Duane Gifford
Highway Technician
Thane Highway, AK
Avalanche accident

December 13, 1973
Marvin R. Critton
Ski Patroller
Mammoth Mountain, CA
Explosives Accident

March 16, 1971
Tom Simpson
Snowcat Ski Guide
Aspen Mountain, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 2, 1970
Robert F. Miller
CDOT Highway Technician
Red Mountain Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

November 26, 1967
Earl Gentry
Ski Patroller
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 18, 1967
John Johnson
Ski Patroller
Skyline Ski Area, ID
Avalanche Accident

February 18, 1967
Carolyn Laffoon
Ski Patroller
Skyline Ski Area, ID
Avalanche Accident

March 16, 1966
Ole Olefson
USFS Snow Ranger
Crystal Mountain, WA
Gunnery Accident

March 29, 1964
Lawrence H. Allen
USFS Snow Ranger
Snow Basin, UT
Avalanche Accident

March 12, 1964
Richard Pittman
Ski Patroller
Snow King, WY
Avalanche Accident

March 9, 1958
Tony Deane
Ski Patroller
Snow Basin, UT
Avalanche Accident

April 8, 1957
Wayne Whitlock
CDOT Highway Technician
Berthoud Pass CO
Avalanche Accident

May 26, 1953
William Whitsord
Highway Technician
Glacier National Park, MT
Avalanche Accident

May 26, 1953
George Beaton
Highway Technician
Glacier National Park, MT
Avalanche Accident

February 4, 1952
Ray Wittig
WSDOT North Central Region Lead Technician
Tumwater Canyon, WA
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1944
Adam Fraiser
CDOT Highway Technician
Loveland Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

The American Avalanche Association would like to thank the following individuals for their help and assistance with this memorial list:

Doug Abromeit, Dale Atkins, Don Bachman, Mindy Barnett, Leif Eric Borgeson, John Brennan, Peter Carvelli, Bob Comey, Steve Conger, Roland Emetaz, James “Magnum” Frisque, Bill Glude, Ethan Greene, Rick Grubin, Susan Hale, Paul Horton, Rob Hunker, Karen Izbicki, Janet Kellam, Spencer Logan, Wade McKoy, Mark Mueller, Gary Murphy, Ray Mumford, Ian McCammon, Rod Newcomb, Joney Otteson, Patrick O’Sullivan, Blasé Reardon, Doug Richmond, Jerry Roberts, Eric Rohr, Don Sharaf, Lowell Skoog, Randy “Bunion” Spence, Scott Toepfer, Tom Turiano, Carla Wheeler, Ken White, Knox Williams, Bill Williamson, Lynne Wolfe, Bob Woodall and Evan Woods.