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EMPLOYEE MEMORIAL


It has been said that our National Park System is America's "best idea." Unfortunately, these beautiful and historic places do not come without sacrifices. National Park Service employees work to preserve and protect our national treasures while working in some of the most challenging environments and remote locations in the United States. They often work in places with little cell or radio reception; encounter challenging wildlife interactions; work under stressful, adverse weather, and environmental conditions; and interact with park visitors in places where the employees have little help. The Department of Labor and FBI have identified our law enforcement officers as being the most assaulted or killed in the line of duty (see Analysis of Assaults Upon National Park Rangers: 1997-2003  for background information). The National Park Service is not alone in this tragedy, for in the last 130 years over 3,000 protected area workers have died at work across the world. The women and men in this Memorial have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the American people and working to preserve and protect our nation's "Crown Jewels." Please take a moment to remember and reflect on how they dedicated their lives to the calling of the National Park Service and honor their many sacrifices.


We dedicate this Memorial to the families and friends of our employees who died in the line of duty—they too paid the price for the sacrifice made by their loved ones.

Jeff Ohlfs
NPS Chief Ranger (Ret.)




This memorial page is based on resource material currently available to us. Many thanks to the National Archives staff, family members, park archivists, curators and rangers who have generously provided us information for the employees from your park. Please contact us if you have missing information and photographs to share.

Last Updated: 15-Oct-2020



1900s

Virgil P. McGoodwin
Laborer




End of Service: November 9, 1908

Age: 34

Park: Platt National Park (Chickasaw NRA)

Cause of Death: Struck in head by 6 ft. long steel drill while working on realignment of park road

Years of Service:

Buried: Oaklawn Cemetery, Sulphur, OK (unmarked grave)





Sequoia National Park rangers, 1906
(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
1910s

Joseph E. Prince
Park Ranger




End of Watch: January 8, 1913

Age: 57

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Exposure while on snowshoe patrol (Divide Creek, Blackfeet Indian Reservation)

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Browning, MT



(Calto photo)

Charles Armstrong Clark
Road Construction Foreman




End of Service: September 26, 1918

Age: 39

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Swerved, car went over bank during night on return from project (El Portal Road, .3 miles above the dam), found next morning, cause unknown

Years of Service: 2.5

Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT





Dedication of New Village, Yosemite Ranger Force, 1924
(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
1920s

(Sunset Magazine, 1919)

Andrew Jack Gaylor
Assistant Chief Ranger




End of Watch: April 19, 1921

Age: 67

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack on high mountain patrol while sitting before his campfire (Merced Lake Ranger Station); died with his boots on

Years of Service: 14

Buried: Merced District Cemetery, Merced, CA



(Grand Canyon NP photo)


(Grand Canyon NP photo)

Rees B. Griffiths
Trail Foreman




End of Service: February 6, 1922

Age: 49

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Crushed by falling rock while descending down a rope, working on South Kaibab Trail (near mouth of Bright Angel Creek)

Years of Service:

Buried: Kaibab Trail suspension bridge, 500 yds W, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ



(USPP photo)


(Stan Jett photo)

William D. Allen
USPP Officer




End of Watch: November 12, 1923

Age: 23

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Electrocuted while investigating another neighbor stringing illegal radio wire (Yuma Street SE), off-duty

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Addison Chapel Cemetery, Seat Pleasant, MD



(Cary family photo)

James Alexander Cary
Park Policeman




End of Watch: March 12, 1927

Age: 31

Park: Hot Springs National Park

Cause of Death: Murder by bootleggers (West Mountain) and possibly to prevent his testimony at a future trial

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Lowe Cemetery, Royal, AR



(FJE photo)

Charles Phillips
Naturalist




End of Service: April 12, 1927

Age: 37

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Poisoned by eating water hemlock picked at a nearby spring while on backcountry patrol, found dead on kitchen floor (Old Faithful Station)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN


Charles Wirht
Maintenance




End of Service: June 3, 1927

Age: 29

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Quad truck went over grade (Slide Spring)

Weeks of Service: 3

Buried: Exeter District Cemetery, Exeter, CA



(Grand Canyon NP photo)


(Dave H photo)

Glen Ernest Sturdevant
Assistant Chief Ranger




End of Watch: February 20, 1929

Age: 33

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: While on reconnaissance and collecting trip crossing Colorado River in boat, the boat was caught in an eddy (at Horn Creek Rapids). He drowned.

Years of Service: 3.5

Buried: Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery, AZ



(Otis Reed Marston Collection/The Huntington Library photo)


(Daniel photo)

William Frederick (Fred) Johnson
Park Ranger




End of Watch: February 20, 1929

Age: 30

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: While on reconnaissance and collecting trip crossing the Colorado River in a boat, the boat was caught in an eddy at Horn Creek Rapids. He fell out and drowned. His body was never recovered.

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Kanab City Cemetery, Kanab, UT


Charles Trapp
Trail Crew




End of Service: July 2, 1929

Age: 46

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while working on Mount Whitney Trail

Years of Service: 7 days

Buried: East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop, CA





Lassen Volcanic National Park rangers, 1932
(Arthur G. Holmes Collection)
1930s

Thomas Lee Reed
Seasonal Laborer




End of Service: February 17, 1930

Age: 29

Park: Carlsbad Cave National Park

Cause of Death: Fell 12 feet when scaffolding collapsed while plastering walls on new power house on February 14, fracturing skull

Years of Service: 1.5 months

Buried: Carlsbad Cemetery, NM


Donald Irving Downs
Seasonal Laborer




End of Service: September 2, 1930

Age: 18

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Crushed under a rock that rolled as a result following a trail work blast (Foresters Pass) on 8/26/1930

Years of Service: 15 months

Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, CA



Mike Rhodes
Tool Nipper




End of Service: September 8, 1930

Age: 61

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Rock slide carried him over 300-foot bluff while carrying tools to workmen on trail (Vernal Falls)

Years of Service: 17

Buried: Mariposa Public Cemetery, Mariposa, CA (unmarked)



(Crater Lake NP photo)

William Clair Godfrey, Sr.
Chief Ranger




End of Watch: November 17, 1930

Age: 40

Park: Crater Lake National Park

Cause of Death: Exposure on patrol (Pole Bridge Creek) during snow storm

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA



(USPP photo)

William J. Grissam
USPP Officer




End of Watch: March 20, 1932

Age: 54

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Bike patrol struck parked car (John Marshall Place)

Years of Service: 16

Buried:



(USPP photo)

Milo John Kennedy
USPP Officer




End of Watch: August 7, 1932

Age: 28

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Foot patrol (Logan Circle), descended upon by mob of up to 21 people and beaten to death

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



(wgaler photo)

Clayton Orton Brown
Trail Crew




End of Service: September 2, 1932

Age: 32

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Blood poisoning developed from an abrasion to the leg received while at work on the Wallace Creek Trail (Kern River Trail Camp) on August 20

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Timberlake Cemetery, Cherokee, OK



(Judyvv photo)

John Joe Pearce
Oil Crusher




End of Service: November 26, 1933

Age: 34

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Climbed up the buckets to oil the idlers, lost balance, and fell into pit, his body being drawn between main drive and balance wheels (Andrew Schultz homestead)

Years of Service: 2 months

Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Cut Bank, MT



(USPP photo)


(Anne Cady photo)

James Francis Grove
USPP Officer




End of Watch: January 28, 1933

Age: 46

Park: Rock Creek Park

Cause of Death: Motorcycle officer struck and killed by auto

Years of Service: 10

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



(Grand Canyon NP photo)

James E. Hopkins
Electrician




End of Service: June 5, 1933

Age: 28

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Climbed light pole to change light wires (Industrial Area), pole broke, falling with him

Years of Service: 2.5

Buried: Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery, AZ



Abraham Yancovitch
CCC Member




End of Service: July 13, 1933

Age: 18

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Hit in head by fist during argument about washing his mess kit in the water used for drinking and later passed away in infirmary (CCC Bacon Rind Creek Camp). Body was shipped to Bronx, NY.

Years of Service: 1 month

Buried:



William M. Richeson
CCC Member




End of Service: July 19, 1933

Age: 21

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Hit by falling snag (Mt. Apgar)

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Resurrection Cemetery, Helena, MT



William Edward Butzke
CCC Member




End of Service: July 1, 1934

Age: 21

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Collision (June 30) of truck with oil tanker (1/2 miles below Potwisha Camp)

Years of Service: 14 months

Buried: Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, CA



(Doran Wilde photo)

Gilbert Lafayette Cooper
CCC Local Experienced Man




End of Service: July 23, 1934

Age: 19

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Launch sank while after load shifted while pilot was zig-zagging for "thrill ride" while carrying lunches to opposite shore of Lake Sherburne for another group of forest workers

Years of Service: 2 months

Buried: Ronan Cemetery, Ronan, MT



Michael Greppo, Jr.
CCC Member




End of Service: July 23, 1934

Age: 34

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Launch sank while after load shifted while pilot was zig-zagging for "thrill ride" while carrying lunches to opposite shore of Lake Sherburne for another group of forest workers

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Schenectady, NY



Amato Montemarano
CCC Assistant Leader




End of Service: July 23, 1934

Age: 18

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Launch sank while after load shifted while pilot was zig-zagging for "thrill ride" while carrying lunches to opposite shore of Lake Sherburne for another group of forest workers

Years of Service: 9 months

Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY



(NPS photo)


(Cemetery360 photo)

Norman Nelson
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: July 29, 1934

Age: 25

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Ran off road (All-Year-Highway near Bear Creek Lodge, Midpines, Calif.) returning to park after delivering Secretary of Interior Harold Ickes' baggage to San Francisco

Years of Service: 6 months

Buried: Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, CA; coffin involved in train wreck in Manteca on way to burial



Kenneth Meenan
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: August 13, 1934

Age: 22

Park: Rocky Mountain National Park

Cause of Death: Road patrol, motorcycle, collided with vehicle (August 5) on Highway 34 near Old Phantom Valley Ranch

Years of Service: 1.5 months

Buried: Forest Park, Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, IL



William C. Haines
CCC Member




End of Service: September 6, 1934

Age: 18

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Hit in head by snag on fire line on Middle Fork of Flathead River near Nyack

Years of Service: 4 months

Buried: Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Conrad, MT



Edward Webster
CCC Member




End of Service: September 26, 1934

Age:

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Struck by falling dead tree (General Highway between Sherman Tree and Lodge Pole Campground)

Years of Service:

Buried:



Louis F. Miller, Jr.
ECW Worker




End of Service: November 6, 1934

Age: 18

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: While tending the winding in of cable on a drum hoist, lost footing and was caught between cable and drum (Wawona CCC Camp YNP-7)

Years of Service:

Buried: Forest Cemetery, Toledo, OH



(nathandebora photo)

Robert L. Moore
CCC Member




End of Service: September 6, 1935

Age: 19

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Thrown out of a truck while sitting on truck bed between two companions

Years of Service:

Buried: Pleasant Run Cemetery, Hollyhill, KY



Harry Edwards
Seasonal Laborer




End of Service: February 10, 1936

Age:

Park: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Cause of Death: Struck head by the dipper of the power shovel

Years of Service:

Buried:



(USPP photo)

Carl Hestikind
USPP Officer




End of Watch: February 18, 1936

Age: 35

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Rescued driver from car in Potomac River, drove home in wet clothes, admitted to hospital and died 7 days later

Years of Service: 10

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



(Carl Russell photo)


George Melendez Wright
Chief of Wildlife Division




End of Service: February 25, 1936

Age: 31

Park: Washington Office

Cause of Death: Vehicle riding in hit by auto with tire blowout while touring proposed and existing park sites with Mexican officials (Broadway of America Highway, 7 mi. east of Deming, New Mexico)

Years of Service: 8

Buried: Cremated (placed in Grandfather's grave), Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA



(NPS photo)


(Mojo Warren photo)

Roger Wolcott Toll
Superintendent




End of Service: February 25, 1936

Age: 52

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Vehicle hit by auto with tire blowout while touring proposed and existing park sites with Mexican officials (Broadway of America Highway, 7 mi. east of Deming, New Mexico)

Years of Service: 16

Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville, NY



Eldon John Baugess
Shovel Operator




End of Service: February 10, 1937

Age: 56

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Caught in mechanism of gasoline shovel while tuning it up preparing to clear storm damage on General's Highway

Years of Service:

Buried:



(R photo)

Lloyd (Hump) S. Campbell
Senior Forestry Foreman




End of Service: August 24, 1937

Age: 34

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Crane plunged off Going-to-the-Sun Highway Road while clearing old burned area with CCC crew

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, MT



(Jacobson family photo)


(NPS photo)

Karl Andrew Jacobson
Park Ranger




End of Watch: November 13, 1938

Age: 22

Park: Acadia National Park

Cause of Death: Shot by elderly local poacher mistaking him for a deer during poaching patrol (Schoodic Point)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Eagle Lake Cemetery, Eagle Lake, MN



(Kevin Lofftus photo)


(Unidentified source photo)

Andrew (Jackie) Aldrich
CCC Member




End of Service: January 8, 1939

Age: 20

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Struck by falling snag in fire scar (McDonald Creek, Mt. Apgar)

Years of Service: 9 months

Buried: Logan Cemetery, Three Forks, MT



(Anonymous photo)

Virgil Keith Flynn
CCC Project Assistant




End of Service: January 23, 1939

Age: 26

Park: Lake Meredith State Park, Iowa

Cause of Death: Removing heavy logs from bank of north arm of Lake Meredith, tractor slipped in mud, rolled over down hill, ejected and crushed by tractor

Years of Service:

Buried: Lisbon Cemetery, Lisbon, IA


William C.E. Arnold
Operator Compressor




End of Service: May 24, 1939

Age: 25

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Crushed between belt and pulley on large compressor (Tioga Road, near White Wolf)

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, CA


Raymond A. Johnson
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: October 14, 1939

Age: 30

Park: Rocky Mountain National Park

Cause of Death: Big game poaching patrol, roadster left the Bear Lake Road and crashed into a tree on October 9. Died at hospital in Denver.

Years of Service: 1

Buried: IOOF Cemetery, Grand Junction, CO





Group of custodians and superintendents taken at Casa Grande National Monument
after Mr. Frank Pinkley's death, showing the vacant chair, 1940

(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
1940s

(Dietmar Schneider-Hector photo)


(Michal Malone photo)

Frank "Boss" Pinkley
Superintendent




End of Service: February 14, 1940

Age: 59

Park: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart failure as he finished the keynote speech at the opening of the first session of Instruction for Custodian training

Years of Service: 36

Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, AZ



Jerome (Johnny) Francis Luini
Stonemason




End of Service: June 10, 1940

Age: 52

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Years of Service: 10.5

Buried:



(USPP photo)

Ivan (Ike) William Thompson
USPP Officer




End of Watch: June 14, 1940

Age: 42

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Shot and killed attempting arrest for possible traffic violation (First and "I" NW)

Years of Service: 7

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



(Eddie Donlin photo)

James E. Hester
CCC Member




End of Service: June 23, 1940

Age: 19

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Hit in head by falling blazing snag (Chipmunk Creek Fire)

Years of Service:

Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, OH



Harry Jacques
CCC Member




End of Service: August 4, 1941

Age:

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Broken neck suffered when truck overturned (August 3)

Years of Service:

Buried:



(USPP photo)

Thomas Patrick Fogarty
USPP Officer




End of Watch: August 6, 1941

Age: 52

Park: Rock Creek Park

Cause of Death: Motorcycle officer, hit and run

Years of Service: 25

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


Pete Mahrt
Road Foreman




End of Service: July 4, 1942

Age: 48

Park: Joshua Tree National Monument

Cause of Death: Pulmonary edema from inhaling smoke after climbing Joshua Tree to put out burning limb while fighting inholders rubbish fire (Randolph Property)

Years of Service:

Buried: Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery, Twentynine Palms, CA


Frank H. Riley
Fire Crew




End of Watch: August 10, 1942

Age: 46

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Exposure and exhaustion after becoming lost on way to fire; member Ash Mt. Fire Crew (Tar Gap Ridge)

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA



(YOSE #82106 photo)

Forest Sanford Townsley
Chief Ranger




End of Watch: August 11, 1943

Age: 60

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack after catching two fish on a backcountry patrol (Townsley Lake)

Years of Service: 39

Buried: Yosemite Pioneer Cemetery, Yosemite National Park, CA



(USPP photo)

Joseph E. Shawhan
USPP Officer




End of Watch: April 15, 1944

Age: 60

Park: George Washington Memorial Parkway

Cause of Death: Pursuing a speeding car in the vicinity of Wellington, his patrol car went out of control on the wet road and struck a tree

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



(Cyndi photo)

William W. Parr
Heavy Equipment Operator




End of Service: July 24, 1945

Age: 53

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Truck tipped over while dumping a load of dirt (Sylvan Pass)

Years of Service: 1 months

Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Livingston, MT



George O. Harris
Seasonal Ranger




End of Service: September 3, 1945

Age: 23

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Struck by a hit-and-run driver on the North Entrance Road

Years of Service:

Buried: Nyack, NY



(Harpers Ferry Center photo)

Thor Borresen
Custodian (Superintendent)




End of Service: December 24, 1946

Age: 50

Park: Fort Laramie National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack (stress)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Youngstown, NY



Richard N. Ruckels
Snowplow Operator




End of Service: June 21, 1947

Age:

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Found dead in cab of pickup buried in drifted snow after being exhausted trying to unstrand snow plow the previous night while trying to rescue stranded motorists (Beartooth Plateau)

Years of Service:

Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron, OH



(Lovell Cemetery photo)

Veron Estes Kaiser
Snowplow Operator




End of Service: June 21, 1947

Age: 55

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Found dead in cab of pickup buried in drifted snow after being exhausted trying to unstrand snow plow the previous night while trying to rescue stranded motorists (Beartooth Plateau)

Years of Service:

Buried: Aspen Hill Cemetery, Jackson, WY



John Phillip Baker
Snowplow Operator




End of Service: June 21, 1947

Age:

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Found dead in cab of pickup buried in drifted snow after being exhausted trying to unstrand snow plow the previous night while trying to rescue stranded motorists (Beartooth Plateau)

Years of Service:

Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Livingston, MT





Ranger Naturalists pre-season session in Congress Grove,
Sequoia National Park, June 1950

(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
1950s

Charles Compton Bailey
Trail Laborer




End of Service: July 30, 1950

Age: 34

Park: Olympic National Park

Cause of Death: Fall from Hoh River Trail Bridge

Years of Service:

Buried: Fall City Cemetery, Fall City, WA



(Dinosaur NM photo)

Theador McCarrel
Fire Control Aide




End of Watch: August 2, 1950

Age: 59

Park: Dinosaur National Monument

Cause of Death: Overexertion causing pneumonia in line of duty fighting forest fire (Jones Hole) on July 2

Years of Service:

Buried: Vernal Memorial Park, Vernal, UT


Edward Choate Beesler
Trails Forman




End of Service: November 11, 1950

Age: 50

Park: Olympic National Park

Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage (Hayes River Ranger Station)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Ocean View Cemetery, Port Angeles, WA



John Clyde Stone
Laborer Leadman




End of Service: March 5, 1951

Age: 33

Park: Natchez Trace Parkway

Cause of Death: Heart attack after unloading limbs (at Headquarters); opened door to back up truck riding in and fell to ground never gaining consciousness (worked part time in archeological lab)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Old Union Cemetery, Shannon, MS



Earl L. Rupe
Roads & Trails Labor Leadman




End of Service: March 17, 1951

Age: 50

Park: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Cause of Death: Premature explosion of dynamite to create a ramp to replace a stairway (Devils Den) on March 14

Years of Service: 5.5

Buried: Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, NM


Hugh Ruland Babcock
Truck Driver




End of Service: June 11, 1951

Age: 47

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart failure while working on Big Oak Flat Road (west of dam)

Years of Service: 15.5

Buried: Masonic Cemetery, Mariposa, CA



Grier P. Chatfield
Powerhouse Operator




End of Service: August 22, 1951

Age: 75

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack as power load was coming to generator (Old Faithful Powerhouse); he got too excited to rush and got overly exhausted

Years of Service: 11

Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville, OH



Alfred Laron Gates
Mechanic




End of Service: November 2, 1951

Age: 53

Park: Blue Ridge Parkway

Cause of Death: Heart attack while sitting in chair looking up parts numbers (Bluff Maintenance Area Garage)

Years of Service:

Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Bedford, VA



(Danelia photo)

James (Smitty) Howard Smith
Chief Clerk




End of Service: February 1, 1952

Age: 41

Park: Everglades National Park

Cause of Death: Collision at uncontrolled intersection, both vehicles speeding (Tower Road and Palm Drive)

Years of Service: 19

Buried: Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, TN



James B. Hopper
Carpenter




End of Service: July 14, 1952

Age: 56

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart failure due to back injury (April 14) while working in a stooped position

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Salt Lake Tribune photo)


(Miracle Mile Tim photo)

Frederick R. Bergemeyer, Jr.
Assistant Chief Ranger




End of Watch: August 23, 1952

Age: 39

Park: Zion National Park

Cause of Death: Weapons carrier he was driving overturned responding to a lightning strike fire (East Entrance Truck Trail)

Years of Service: 7

Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Las Vegas, NV



George Henry Beaton
Snowplow Operator Foreman




End of Service: May 26, 1953

Age: 44

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Avalanche; preparing blasting holes for powder during the spring plowing on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway (5 mi. below Logan Pass)

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Cremated, Spokane, WA



William A. Whitford
Snowplow Operator




End of Service: May 26, 1953

Age: 45

Park: Glacier National Park

Cause of Death: Avalanche; snow removal on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway (5 mi. below Logan Pass)

Years of Service: 16

Buried: Browning, MT



John Cecil Bradley
Laborer




End of Service: July 9, 1953

Age: 28

Park: Blue Ridge Parkway

Cause of Death: Thrown out of truck bed when it ran into ditch (July 7) on way home (US 19, 3.7 miles West of Soco Gap)

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Michael Young photo)

Charles R. Scarborough
Assistant Chief Ranger




End of Watch: June 21, 1954

Age: 49

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Leading six provision-laden mules to Merced Lake Ranger Station; a barrage of rocks swept him and his horse over the trail (Clarks Point)

Years of Service: 21

Buried: Forest Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, ID



Harold R. Grey
Seasonal Camptender




End of Service: July 4, 1954

Age: 54

Park: Rocky Mountain National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack (June 27) in Glacier Basin Campground

Years of Service:

Buried: Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, MA



Ronald Thomas Berg
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: July 30, 1954

Age: 22

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Solo hiking on Tanner Trail and fell from a cliff

Years of Service: 1 month

Buried: Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, CA



(NPS photo)

Murrell H. Trosper
Carpenter




End of Service: January 28, 1955

Age: 42

Park: Mount Rainier National Park

Cause of Death: Crushed while razing an old building (Headquarters) after removing vertical studs against supervisor's orders from weight of snow

Years of Service:

Buried: Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA



Charles C. Harrod
Laborer




End of Service: March 17, 1955

Age:

Park: Colonial National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Died following an attack of coronary thrombosis while on duty

Years of Service:

Buried:



George McMullin
Electrical Supervisor




End of Service: April 10, 1956

Age: 51

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while obtaining surplus electrical equipment at Glacier National Park

Years of Service:

Buried: Fielding Memorial Park, Idaho Falls, ID


Clyde Melvin Rose
Equipment Operator




End of Service: January 21, 1958

Age: 35

Park: Colorado National Monument

Cause of Death: Runaway dump truck with mechanical failure of brakes, headed vehicle for ditch, jumped and hit rock outcrop (Highland View Lookout, 1/2 mile below on Rim Rock Drive)

Years of Service:

Buried: Memorial Gardens, Grand Junction, CO



(Walla Walla Union Bulletin photo)

Dr. George Tays
Park Historian




End of Service: February 27, 1958

Age: 58

Park: Whitman Mission National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack while loading antique furniture from storage on temporary assignment to research U.S. Mint building (San Francisco, California)

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA



(National Archives photo)


(Patrick Arthur Teater Sr. photo)

Donald Hall Crawford
Tour Leader




End of Service: March 14, 1958

Age: 62

Park: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Cause of Death: Heart attack while on guard duty; found by replacement

Years of Service: 16

Buried: Union Cemetery, Hyde Park, NY



(Grand Canyon NP photo)

James Donald Vaughn
Park Ranger




End of Watch: April 26, 1958

Age: 28

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Driving to LA after leaving Albright Training Center with wife, hit head-on by teenager's car crossing double line (Highway 99, 12 mi. north of Castaic, Newhall, California)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: La Verne Cemetery, La Verne, CA



(Sun Shinetoo photo)

Clark Lee Reynolds
Seasonal Laborer




End of Service: June 10, 1958

Age: 21

Park: Lassen Volcanic National Park

Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest working on insect control

Years of Service:

Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Mora, MN



(Larry Lagut photo)

Thomas Carl Riggle
Tree Worker




End of Service: October 2, 1958

Age: 22

Park: George Washington Memorial Parkway

Cause of Death: Helping fell tree when tree limb apparently struck his head (Key Bridge)

Years of Service:

Buried: North Side Cemetery, Butler, PA



(NPS photo)

George Mervin Heimbach
Roads & Trails Foreman




End of Service: October 3, 1958

Age: 67

Park: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Smith Mountain Cemetery, Dinuba, CA



(NPS photo)

Charles Wallace
Engineering Technician




End of Service: November 10, 1958

Age: 53

Park: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Yellow Jacket bite (November 3), became ill, and died of tetanus from bite (Exeter, California)

Years of Service: 23

Buried: Chapel of the Light Crematory (not buried), Fresno, CA


Carl Ruben Phillips
Seasonal Blister Rust Foreman




End of Service: July 15, 1959

Age: 63

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage (July 8) while actively engaged in fire suppression (Tuolumne Grove)

Years of Service: 26

Buried: Mariposa Public Cemetery, Mariposa, CA



(Sholly family photo)

George Harrison Sholly
Superintendent




End of Service: August 19, 1959

Age: 58

Park: Badlands National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack while working at his desk (Headquarters)

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Clovis Cemetery, Clovis, CA



Ethel Florence White
Cook




End of Service: August 27, 1959

Age: 61

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Fell (August 17) in stairway (Tower Fall Mess Hall) with no electricity (4:40 am), sprained lower back, and later died in hospital of heart attack

Years of Service: 9

Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Livingston, MT



Harry A. Fleming
Maintenance Foreman




End of Service: October 9, 1959

Age: 62

Park: Devils Tower National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack while pumping oil from tar pond by creek

Years of Service:

Buried: Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD





NPS director Conrad Wirth kneeling with a line of NPS Rangers in front of
General Motor Cars for the 1960 Governors Conference in Glacier National Park.

(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
1960s

(Kari Mohn photo)

John Clinton Fonda
Assistant District Ranger




End of Watch: March 9, 1960

Age: 28

Park: Grand Teton National Park

Cause of Death: Drowned on backcountry patrol when skiing across frozen Snake River (ice broke)

Years of Service: 8

Buried: Mountain View Memorial Park, Boulder, CO



(2Hounour&Remember photo)

Gale Hill Wilcox
District Ranger




End of Watch: March 9, 1960

Age: 48

Park: Grand Teton National Park

Cause of Death: Exposure trying to save Ranger John Fonda while on backcountry patrol (Snake River). Posthumously awarded Citation of Valor, Department of Interior Bronze Medal and Carnegie Hero Commission

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD



Thomas R. Chekel
Seasonal Laborer (cook)




End of Service: July 26, 1960

Age: 19

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Fell more than 50 feet to a ledge from Elizabeth Pass Trail while transporting lunches to trail crew

Years of Service:

Buried:


James R. McConaghie
Regional Chief Boundary Study




End of Service: September 27, 1960

Age: 67

Park: Mid-Atlantic Regional Office

Cause of Death: Heart attack at desk (Richmond, Virginia)

Years of Service:

Buried: Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA



(Cape Hatteras NS photo)


(Scott Connor Barnard photo)

Walter Jarvis Barnett
Maintenance Foreman




End of Service: March 15, 1962

Age: 48

Park: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cause of Death: Heart attack (Buxton)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Jennette Cemetery, Buxton, NC



John C. Hannaford
Chief Design and Construction




End of Service: June 9, 1962

Age: 49

Park: Western Regional Office

Cause of Death: Head on collision (May 30) (Highway 30, 2.5 mi. West, Boise, Idaho)

Years of Service:

Buried: Mountain View Memorial, Boise, ID


James Roosevelt Washington
Tractor Operator




End of Service: November 14, 1962

Age: 54

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Struck by auto while painting sign on road shoulder (Suitland, Sheridan Road egress)

Years of Service: 18

Buried: Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Upper Marlboro, MD



(Chaco Culture NHP photo)

Pat Cly
Maintenance




End of Service: May 21, 1963

Age: 43

Park: Chaco Canyon National Monument

Cause of Death: Stroke while cleaning building

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Castillo de San Marcos NM photo)

Joseph Williams
Caretaker




End of Service: June 23, 1963

Age: 39

Park: Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Years of Service: 17

Buried:


William (Monk) Leon Hunt
Park Guide




End of Service: June 24, 1963

Age: 59

Park: Mammoth Cave National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack underground in cave

Years of Service: 23

Buried: Baptist Church Cemetery, Mammoth, Cave, KY


Frank Shults
Maintenance Operator




End of Service: March 23, 1964

Age: 44

Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while hiking into plane crash site

Years of Service:

Buried: Coker Hill Chapel Cemetery, Townsend, TN



Robert W. Cullers
Seasonal Maintenance




End of Service: April 29, 1964

Age: 27

Park: Denali National Park

Cause of Death: Crushed when his Caterpillar D-8 tractor flipped over and fell 15 feet down an embankment (mile 51.3)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Montana Creek, AK



(Mammoth Cave NP, Catalog# MACA 26806)

Young Ishmel Hunt
Park Guide




End of Service: June 8, 1964

Age: 60

Park: Mammoth Cave National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack (June 4) on cave tour

Years of Service:

Buried: Cave City Cemetery, Cave City, KY



(Courier photo)

Ralph Hopewell Anderson
Chief Photographer




End of Service: August 28, 1964

Age: 63

Park: Isle Royale National Park

Cause of Death: Brought back from retirement, he was on a special safety inspection and promotion tour of parks in the Northeast when he died of natural causes

Years of Service: 41

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA



(USPP photo)


(Stan Jett photo)

Michael L. Petrella
USPP Officer




End of Watch: September 25, 1965

Age: 27

Park: George Washington Memorial Parkway

Cause of Death: Motorcycle struck car next to him on a wet road and crashed

Years of Service: 6

Buried: Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA



Paul Richard Davis
Lookout




End of Service: October 8, 1965

Age: 50

Park: Kings Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack (July 12) on Mitchell Peak; died as a result 3 months later

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Crematory, Fresno, CA



(The Long Island Advance photo)

William Earl Shaner
Seasonal Naturalist




End of Service: May 21, 1966

Age: 23

Park: Fire Island National Seashore

Cause of Death: Drowned trying to save two swimmers in heavy surf

Years of Service: 1 day

Buried:



(XCHIEF photo)

Ashley Norman Smith
Seasonal Maintenance




End of Service: May 21, 1966

Age: 37

Park: Fire Island National Seashore

Cause of Death: Drowned trying to save two swimmers in heavy surf

Years of Service:

Buried: Saint Anns Cemetery, Sayville, NY



Nathaniel R. Lacy
Sub-District Ranger




End of Watch: June 23, 1966

Age: 43

Park: Rocky Mountain National Park

Cause of Death: Lost control of motor scooter after hitting small rock in the road while on evening patrol; body found next morning (Highway 34, 300 yds west of the Fall River Entrance)

Years of Service: 19

Buried:



Louis H. Gamalielson
Roads & Trails Foreman




End of Service: May 10, 1967

Age: 63

Park: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while working on Kalapana Trail (7 miles down)

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Cheryl Hanson photo)

James Albert Sipe
Operator General




End of Service: June 6, 1967

Age: 51

Park: Olympic National Park

Cause of Death: While cutting brush alongside the road (Heart O' the Hills Parking Area) was run over by an unattended runaway four yard dump truck

Years of Service: 14

Buried: Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser, ID



Billy B. Arnold
Fisheries Biologist




End of Service: July 2, 1967

Age: 36

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Drowned when rough water overturned his boat (Lewis Lake)

Years of Service:

Buried:


John Ernest Rodgers
Maintenance




End of Service: September 12, 1967

Age: 43

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Mowing lawn and flying object from machine struck side of head

Years of Service:

Buried: Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD



Sewell Glenn Ellsberry, Jr.
Jobs Corpsman




End of Service: September 20, 1968

Age: 18

Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cause of Death: Crushed (Tremont Job Corps Center)

Years of Service:

Buried: Summerville Cemetery, Summerville, GA



(Isle Royale NP photo)


(The Last Ride photo)

Dennis A. Long
Seasonal Maintenance Laborer




End of Service: August 6, 1969

Age: 19

Park: Isle Royale National Park

Cause of Death: Drowned assisting concession employee back to shore saving her from drowning; exhausted, the waves washed him back out into the lake (Scoville Point)

Years of Service: 8 months

Buried: Park Cemetery, Marquette, MI





Ranger Naturalists Zion National Park, Summer 1970
(Zion NP, photographer Dale L. Smith, Museum Catalog# ZION 9561)
1970s

(Lueana Bowers photo)

Robert L. Rupp
Maintenance Laborer




End of Service: April 9, 1971

Age: 57

Park: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Heart attack enroute to fighting forest fire (Mount Tammany) due to overexertion while climbing steep terrain

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Columbia, NJ



(USPP photo)


(Fred Sanford photo)

Raymond L. Hawkins
USPP Officer




End of Watch: February 15, 1972

Age: 28

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Off-duty (December 23, 1971) attempting to foil robbery of 7-11; subdued robber and shot behind by unseen accomplice (Prince Georges County, MD)

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD



Donald Welborn
Roads & Trails Crew




End of Service: March 7, 1972

Age: 25

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Operating a water valve on rear of water truck, fell off and was crushed by a roller pulled behind the truck, while working on a highway improvement project (East Rim)

Years of Service:

Buried:



Michael Tillman
Volunteer (Sea Scout)




End of Service: May 27, 1972

Age: 16

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Asphyxia by submersion, last seen April 3 in Lightship Chesapeake row boat on Anacostia River; missing person investigation after failed bed check by Metro PD, found boat empty next to ship, body found floating in water

Years of Service: 6 months

Buried: Forrest Hills Memorial Gardens, Clinton, MD



(John L. Mathis photo)

John Clifford Childers
Seasonal Maintenance




End of Service: August 22, 1972

Age: 59

Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cause of Death: Drowned when the wake from passing boat caused his barge to capsize while transporting backhoe to Hazel Creek to start sewer repair work (Fontana Lake)

Years of Service:

Buried: Union Hill Cemetery, East Side, Whittier, NC



(Courier photo)


(Leon Barton photo)

Ronald V. Trussell
Supervisory Park Ranger




End of Watch: February 7, 1973

Age: 34

Park: Bryce Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Plane crash enroute to regional backcountry management conference, deteriorating weather (Ruby Mountains, Nevada)

Years of Service: 14

Buried: Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, KS



(Zion NP photo)


(Vick Enigk photo)

Robert (Jake) D. Metherell
Resource Management and Visitor Protection Specialist




End of Service: February 7, 1973

Age: 45

Park: Curecanti National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Plane crash enroute to regional backcountry management conference, deteriorating weather (Ruby Mountains, Nevada)

Years of Service: 17

Buried: Montoursville Cemetery, Montoursville, PA



(The Herald Journal photo)


(MDSIMS photo)

John Charles Ebersole
Seasonal RM Ranger




End of Service: May 19, 1973

Age: 26

Park: Canyonlands National Park

Cause of Death: Plane crash counting bighorn sheep (White Rim Trail, Canyonlands National Park)

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Logan City Cemetery, Logan, UT



William (Bill) D. Cooper
Research Biologist




End of Service: May 19, 1973

Age: 30

Park: Capitol Reef National Park

Cause of Death: Plane crash counting bighorn sheep (White Rim Trail, Canyonlands National Park)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Cremated, Grand Junction, CO


Dr. Charles (Chuck) Goodman Hansen
Research Biologist




End of Service: May 19, 1973

Age: 52

Park: Western Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash counting bighorn sheep (White Rim Trail, Canyonlands National Park)

Years of Service: 33

Buried: Saint Helena Public Cemetery, Saint Helena, CA


Arthur Ray Robinson
Regional Budget Chief




End of Service: May 30, 1973

Age: 51

Park: Western Regional Office

Cause of Death: Heart attack attending NPS seminar (San Francisco, CA)

Years of Service: 5 months

Buried: Olivet Crematory, Colma, CA



(Patrick family photo)


(NW History Buff photo)

Kenneth Carmel Patrick
Park Ranger




End of Watch: August 5, 1973

Age: 40

Park: Point Reyes National Seashore

Cause of Death: Shot two times by game poacher

Years of Service: 10

Buried: Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery, AZ



(NPS photo)

Thomas Kenneth Brown
Park Ranger




End of Watch: August 31, 1973

Age: 56

Park: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Heart attack during SCUBA diving exercise (8 miles above Willow Beach, River Mile Marker 30)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Palm Mortuary Memorial Park, Henderson, NV



(Hawai'i Volcanoes NP photo)

George L. Kaapana
Seasonal Maintenance




End of Service: September 11, 1973

Age: 54

Park: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Cause of Death: Fell off water tank (September 7) behind Wahaula Government Quarters area

Years of Service:

Buried: Alae Cemetery, Hilo, HI



(Moani Hart Heidenfeldt photo)


(Tommie Wallace photo)

Henry (Moke) Kala Kekuewa
Cultural Demonstrator




End of Service: February 8, 1974

Age: 55

Park: City of Refuge National Historical Park (PUHO)

Cause of Death: Heart attack giving field trip to school children (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Years of Service: 7

Buried: Saint Benedicts Catholic Church Cemetery, Honolulu, HI



(Jan Hensley photo)

Leonard A. Lam
Seasonal Motor Vehicle Operator




End of Service: August 23, 1974

Age: 45

Park: Shenandoah National Park

Cause of Death: Going to landfill, International truck stalled, "prime" the carburetor with gasoline when it backfired and set him on fire, he stumbled into traffic and was hit and killed (Rt. 340 near Grottoes, VA)

Years of Service: 22

Buried: Jollett United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jollett, VA



(Alice photo)

Charles (Chuck) D. Baker
Maintenance Leader




End of Service: November 13, 1974

Age: 62

Park: Saratoga National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack on duty

Years of Service: 13

Buried: Stillwater Union Cemetery, Stillwater, NY



(Casa Grande Ruins NM photo)


(World Wide Webber photo)

Gregory Colin Wayt
Seasonal Naturalist




End of Service: November 30, 1974

Age: 28

Park: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Cause of Death: Shot by stray bullet while leading an interpretive walk from teenage boy who was shooting birds in the vicinity (Big House)

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Cortez Cemetery, Cortez, CO



Nancy Jane Matlock
Bureau of Outdoor Recreation
Secretary




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 33

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service:

Buried:



Rhonda Kay Barber
Clerk-Typist




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 20

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service:

Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Sedalia, MO


Carol Sue Byler
Clerk-Typist




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 21

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service:

Buried: Covina Hills, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Covina Hills, CA



Janice Lynn Cooper
Secretary




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 24

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service:

Buried:


Dawn Hughuette Finney
Clerk-Typist




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 22

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service:

Buried: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Tampa, FL (unmarked grave)



Keith Armer Trexler
Assistant Task Force Director




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 43

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service: 16

Buried:



Clara (Mickiet) Veara
Clerk-Stenographer




End of Service: September 12, 1975

Age: 45

Park: Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Cause of Death: Plane crash surveying possible land withdrawals and orientation trip, cause was over weight and low altitude (Lake Clark, near Fish Trap Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Teller, AK



John (Jack) Adam Dorn
AD Emergency Hire




End of Service: May 23, 1977

Age: 30

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Walked off Yosemite Falls Trail, falling 600 feet, while carrying litter enroute to rescue two stranded climbers

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Yorkville, NY



Juan (Johnny) G. Aldaz
Trail Maintenance




End of Service: June 18, 1977

Age: 51

Park: Bandelier National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack after running to NPS pumper during evacuation on blow up of La Mesa Fire backfire operations (State Highway 4)

Years of Service:

Buried: Canon Vallecitos Cemetery, Vallecitos, NM



(Lake Mead NRA photo)

James P. Fleetwood
District Ranger




End of Watch: July 5, 1977

Age: 43

Park: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Head-on by drunk driver who crossed into wrong lane (US 95, 8 miles south of Searchlight, NV)

Years of Service:

Buried: Saint John Cemetery, Washington, IN



(Colonial NHP photo)


(CR photo)

Gregory Scott Burdine
Park Technician




End of Watch: November 26, 1977

Age: 25

Park: Colonial National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Pursuing speeding vehicle when his vehicle left the Colonial Parkway and struck a tree

Years of Service: 1.5

Buried: Mount Zion Cemetery, O'Fallon, MO



(Tim Gruber photo)

Robert C. Berk
Voucher Examiner




End of Service: December 7, 1977

Age: 42

Park: Washington Office

Cause of Death: Heart attack at his desk

Years of Service: 9

Buried: Kimmels Evangelical Free Church Cemetery, Orwigsburg, PA



Carol Gledhill
YCC Enrollee




End of Service: August 7, 1978

Age: 19

Park: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Driving 3/4 ton 4x4 military truck to get another load of wood when truck slid on wet road, left roadway, impacted concrete culvert, rolled twice, and ejected her (Rt. 209, .7 mile south of PA mp 8)

Years of Service:

Buried:


Conrad Edwin Savage
Maintenance




End of Service: April 12, 1979

Age: 72

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while carrying a carpet pad from truck into station (Old El Portal Ranger Station)

Years of Service:

Buried: Mariposa District Cemetery, Mariposa, CA



(NPS photo)

Ward (Bill) W. Hall
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: July 16, 1979

Age: 24

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Responding to an motorcycle accident with injuries, patrol vehicle slid into a construction dump truck (North Rim)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa, CA



(NPS photo)

Johnnie Thomas Sullivan
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: November 23, 1979

Age: 64

Park: Sequoia National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while performing campground maintenance (South Fork Campground)

Years of Service: 15

Buried: Lone Grove Cemetery, Lone Grove, OK





Crater Lake National Park rangers, July 1984
(Crater Lake NP photo)
1980s

(Tucson Citizen photo)

Paul Braxton Fugate
Naturalist




End of Service: January 13, 1980

Age: 42

Park: Chiricahua National Monument

Cause of Death: Disappeared on hike from visitor center

Years of Service: 9

Buried: never found



(NPS photo)

Duane P. McClure
Supervisory Park Ranger




End of Watch: May 22, 1980

Age: 35

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Canoe patrol, unexpected storm struck lake and canoe found swamped, returning from checking a hibernating grizzly bear den (Yellowstone Lake, near West Thumb Bay)

Years of Service: 10

Buried: never found



(N8QNH photo)

William C. Birdsell
Superintendent




End of Service: August 18, 1980

Age: 51

Park: Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Heart attack at desk while preparing for his transfer to WASO

Years of Service: 21

Buried: Ira Cemetery, Ira, OH



(Grand Canyon NP photo)

Joseph (Tony) Anthony Dean
Training Specialist




End of Service: November 1, 1980

Age: 43

Park: Albright Training Center

Cause of Death: Fell off cliff during night while leading 3-day training hike (Horseshoe Mesa, Miner's Spring Trail)

Years of Service: 10

Buried: Washington, DC



(NPS photo)

Dr. T. Stell Newman
Superintendent




End of Service: December 27, 1982

Age: 46

Park: War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Cause of Death: 17-year-old reckless driver lost control and crossed into Newman's lane striking his vehicle (between Maintenance Facility and Visitor Center)

Years of Service: 9

Buried: Cremated, ashes spread at sea from Asan Point, War in the Pacific NHP, Guam





(Shields family photos)

James C. Shields
Maintenance Mechanic




End of Service: July 23, 1983

Age: 44

Park: Pinnacles National Monument

Cause of Death: Heart attack while working around park corral

Years of Service: 18

Buried: Willow Creek Cemetery, Paicines, CA



(Donald Waters photo)


(JAC photo)

Arthur Edward Waters
Maintenance




End of Service: May 4, 1984

Age: 61

Park: Shenandoah National Park

Cause of Death: Found dead from natural causes at Park Headquarters building where he worked as a janitor; he was found around 0730 the morning he died

Years of Service:

Buried: Beahms Chapel Cemetery, Luray, VA



Sammy Lee Smallwood
Road Crew




End of Service: May 18, 1984

Age: 52

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Tioga Road (near Blue Slide) snow clearing, hard hat pierced by piece of rock from blast while peeking around cover boulder

Years of Service: 30

Buried:



(Jean Fugate photo)

James Allan Wunrow
Survey Technician




End of Service: July 28, 1985

Age: 27

Park: Denver Service Center

Cause of Death: Hit by lightning while hiking off-duty while at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park for survey team

Years of Service:

Buried: Ledgeview Memorial Park, Fond du Lac, WI



Thomas William Lucke
Water Resource Division Chief




End of Service: February 25, 1987

Age: 46

Park: Water Resources Division, Fort Collins, CO

Cause of Death: Heart attack returning from Albright Training Center after teaching a class (Phoenix Airport)

Years of Service: 20

Buried: St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bellevue, IA



(Courier photo)

Robert Bruce Kasparek
Regional Chief Environmental Compliance




End of Service: 1, 19, 1988

Age: 51

Park: Rocky Mountain Regional Office

Cause of Death: Trans Colorado Airlines (Continental Express 2286) flight to Durango crashed in snow storm, too low, pilot on cocaine (Bayfield, Colorado)

Years of Service: 30

Buried: Chapel Hill Cemetery, Littleton, CO



(USPP photo)

Ricardo M. Preston
USPP Sergeant




End of Watch: August 11, 1988

Age: 37

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Heart attack while participating in SWAT exercise (Fort Meade)

Years of Service: 14

Buried:





(Saratoga NHP photos)

W. Glen Gray
Superintendent




End of Service: July 17, 1989

Age: 52

Park: Saratoga National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack at his desk in the visitor center

Years of Service: 26

Buried: Cremated, ashes scattered in Saratoga National Historical Park at Great Redoubt





Ranger Skills Class (01/09/90-2/23/90) at Horace M. Albright Training Center,
Grand Canyon National Park

(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
1990s

William Holland
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: January 31, 1990

Age: 57

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack walking from snowmobile to North Kaibab Trailhead sign

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP photo)

Truman James
Seasonal Forester




End of Service: April 11, 1990

Age: 50

Park: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Fell approx. 125 feet to the ground while working at top of sugar pine tree on a mistletoe project

Years of Service:

Buried: Oakhill Cemetery, Oakhurst, CA



(NPS photo)

Robert Lewis McGhee, Jr.
Park Ranger




End of Watch: May 26, 1990

Age: 50

Park: Gulf Islands National Seashore

Cause of Death: Shot and killed by prison escapees during traffic stop

Years of Service: 25

Buried: Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Ocean Springs, MS



(NPS photo)


(Michael J. Rea photo)

John Paul Ethridge
Seasonal Naturalist




End of Service: June 20, 1990

Age: 40

Park: Zion National Park

Cause of Death: Lost balance (foot sliding on sandstone) and fell approx. 175 feet while leading nature hike (Hidden Canyon Trail)

Years of Service: 12

Buried: East Side Cemetery, Martin, TN



(Boston NHP photo)

George Edward MacDougall
Laborer (Grounds)




End of Service: May 9, 1991

Age: 60

Park: Boston National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while at work (Bunker Hill Monument)

Years of Service:

Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA



James S. Spirer
Volunteer (Interpreter)




End of Service: June 9, 1991

Age:

Park: Glen Echo Park

Cause of Death: Fell off truck (May 31) hitting head while unloading golf carts from truck in preparation for annual Washington Folk Festival, cart then fell off truck and landed on him

Years of Service:

Buried:



(NPS photo)


(Jim Elickson photo)

Edward F. Wisniewski
Maintenance Mechanic




End of Service: July 15, 1991

Age: 46

Park: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Cause of Death: Vehicle pulled out in front of his motorcycle while on official business, dropping off water samples in a nearby town

Years of Service: 15

Buried: Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Traverse City, MI



James Wallace Hatfield
Elevator Mechanic




End of Service: October 23, 1991

Age: 62

Park: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Cause of Death: Struck by elevator weights at bottom of elevator shaft while shortening cable

Years of Service: 8

Buried: Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, NM



(Crater Lake NP photo)


Anne Lucille Dickinson
Personnel Specialist




End of Service: November 18, 1991

Age: 52

Park: Crater Lake National Park

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure while on travel status (San Francisco, California)

Years of Service:

Buried: Cremated, ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay, CA



Charles Avery
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: February 6, 1992

Age:

Park: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while preparing for work (Tavern Maintenance Yard)

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Faye Francis photo)

Stephen Frank Milton
Regional Appraiser




End of Service: May 18, 1992

Age: 47

Park: Southeast Regional Office

Cause of Death: Head on collision when another vehicle crossed center line of highway (North Carolina)

Years of Service:

Buried: Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Barboursville, WV



Alan Quellette
Job Corpsman




End of Service: May 11, 1993

Age:

Park: Great Onyx Job Corps Center

Cause of Death: Fell 120 feet off cliff while on center recreation trip

Years of Service:

Buried:



Corey Washington
Job Corpsman




End of Service: May 24, 1993

Age:

Park: Oconaluftee Job Corps Center

Cause of Death: Apparent drowning after leaving center (Oconaluftee River)

Years of Service:

Buried:


James A. Hudson
Seasonal Crew Foreman




End of Service: July 5, 1993

Age: 43

Park: Lincoln Memorial

Cause of Death: Heart attack heat-related

Years of Service: 8

Buried: Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, VA



(Yellowstone NP photo)

Robert Ernst Mahn, Jr.
Subdistrict Ranger




End of Watch: January 17, 1994

Age: 51

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Snowmobile went off road while on backcountry patrol and down 70 foot embankment during whiteout conditions, dying from asphyxiation (5 miles west of East Entrance)

Years of Service: 21

Buried: WY



(Denali NP photo)

Kee-Won Kim
Volunteer (Search & Rescue)




End of Service: May 22, 1994

Age: 27

Park: Denali National Park

Cause of Death: Exposure (16,100 foot level of West Buttress)

Years of Service: 1 months

Buried: Talkeetna Cemetery, Talkeetna, Alaska



Fernando (Phil) Abeyta
Motor Vehicle Operator




End of Service: June 24, 1994

Age: 65

Park: Capulin Volcano National Monument

Cause of Death: John Deere front-end loader sweeping cinders off Crater Road (1/2 mile below Crater Parking Lot), went over side of road and down steep embankment

Years of Service:

Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Capulin, NM



(NPS photo)

Ryan Francis Weltman
Seasonal Ranger




End of Service: July 3, 1994

Age: 22

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Drowning while on kayak patrol, caught in bad weather and capsized (Shoshone Lake)

Years of Service: 1

Buried:



Herbert Whitaker
Volunteer (Interpreter)




End of Service: August 13, 1994

Age: 70

Park: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Yellow Jacket sting

Years of Service: 7 months

Buried: Bethel Cemetery, Tazewell, TN


Matthew Lambert
Job Corpsman




End of Service: September 13, 1994

Age: 31

Park: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Drowning while swimming at job site (Rock Quarry, Martinsburg)

Years of Service:

Buried: Sturgill-Goode Cemetery, Pineville, WV


Barry Lee Hance
Road Foreman




End of Service: June 13, 1995

Age: 43

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Avalanche struck his bulldozer while removing snow from Tioga Road (Olmsted Point)

Years of Service: 12

Buried: Divide Cemetery, Groveland, CA



(ditdit photo)

Wesley S. Fox
Seasonal Naturalist




End of Service: July 15, 1995

Age: 37

Park: George Washington Memorial Parkway

Cause of Death: Heart attack while on bike patrol on Mount Vernon Trail during time of high heat and humidity

Years of Service:

Buried: Cataumet Cemetery, Bourne, MA



(Mount Rainier NP photo)


(Dave Vangsness photo)


(RD Payne photo)

Philip James Otis
Volunteer (SCA)




End of Service: August 12, 1995

Age: 22

Park: Mount Rainier National Park

Cause of Death: Fell responding to report of injured climber (Emmons Glacier)

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN



(Mount Rainier NP photo)


(Leland Cole photo)


(RD Payne photo)

Sean Scott Ryan
Seasonal Climbing Ranger




End of Service: August 12, 1995

Age: 23

Park: Mount Rainier National Park

Cause of Death: Fell responding to report of injured climber (Emmons Glacier)

Weeks of Service: 6

Buried: Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH



(Grand Canyon NP photo)

Randall F. Thompson
Trails Supervisor




End of Service: February 26, 1996

Age: 49

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Blasting struck by rock while doing trail maintenance (Tapeats Creek area)

Years of Service: 12

Buried:



(Gene Rose photo)

James (Randy) Morgenson
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: July 20, 1996

Age: 54

Park: Kings Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Fell crossing stream on backcountry patrol, found (July 15, 2001) (Bench Lake)

Years of Service: 27

Buried:



(NPS photo)


(SBarrett photo)

Michael Andrew Beaulieu
Seasonal Ranger




End of Watch: August 26, 1996

Age: 23

Park: Bryce Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Patrol vehicle slid off roadway and rolled down embankment while responding to a burning tree (north of Natural Bridge View Area)

Years of Service: 6 months

Buried: Saint Mary's Cemetery, Presque Isle, ME



(C&O Canal NHP photo)

Nelson Page Griffith
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: October 6, 1996

Age: 62

Park: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Snag while tree falling (Lock Five towpath vicinity)

Years of Service: 32

Buried: Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Luray, VA



(USPP photo)

Richard R. Holman
USPP Officer (Recruit)




End of Watch: October 7, 1996

Age: 25

Park: FLETC

Cause of Death: Struck head on by a vehicle which lost control on F.J. Torras Causeway (October 4)

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY



Diane Dustman
Volunteer




End of Service: March 3, 1997

Age: 37

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Avalanche on cross country ski trip to monitor geothermal features (Factory Hill)

Years of Service:

Buried: Cremated



(Art Kidwell photo)


(DDavis photo)

Roderick (Rick) Hutchinson
Park Geologist




End of Service: March 3, 1997

Age: 49

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Avalanche on cross country ski trip to monitor geothermal features (Factory Hill)

Years of Service: 27

Buried: Cremated, ashes scattered in backcountry of Yellowstone's Heart Lake; memorial grave at High Prairie Cemetery, Elmo, MO



Rory Lee Perkins
Maintenance




End of Service: August 5, 1997

Age: 38

Park: Yellowstone National Park

Cause of Death: Testing modified snowmobile on wheels using gasohol fuel when lost control of machine and hit brick wall (Mammoth Hot Springs Maintenance Garage)

Years of Service:

Buried:



Joseph Kanski
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: August 13, 1997

Age: 54

Park: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while cleaning the Painted Canyon Visitor Center

Years of Service: 20

Buried: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Richardton, ND



Taryn Ann Hoover
Seasonal Bio Technician




End of Service: September 12, 1997

Age: 32

Park: Olympic National Park

Cause of Death: Helicopter crash and rolled while searching for missing hiker (Mt. Baldy north slope)

Years of Service:

Buried:





(Vanderbeek family photos)

Michael A. Vanderbeek
Volunteer (Climbing Ranger)




End of Service: May 24, 1998

Age: 33

Park: Denali National Park

Cause of Death: Fell and disappeared during rescue attempt of climber later found dead (16,000 foot West Buttress); never found

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Mount Denali (body never located), Alaska and Talkeetna, Talkeetna Cemetery (memorial), Talkeetna, Alaska



(NPS photo)

Joseph David Kolodski
Park Ranger




End of Watch: June 21, 1998

Age: 36

Park: Blue Ridge Parkway

Cause of Death: Murdered by gunman threatening visitors (Big Witch Gap)

Years of Service: 13

Buried: Cremated



Jim Taggert
Maintenance




End of Service: June 13, 1999

Age: 60

Park: Yosemite National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack (June 12) putting up tents

Years of Service: 17

Buried:



Anthony Carone
Laborer Roads and Grounds




End of Service: October 6, 1999

Age:

Park: Gateway National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Heart attack while trash collecting

Years of Service: 8

Buried:



(Makuakane-Jarrell family photo)

Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell
Park Ranger




End of Watch: December 12, 1999

Age: 47

Park: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Murdered by transient over his dogs off leash (north of the heiau)

Years of Service: 15

Buried: Mauna Kea Memorial Park, Hilo, HI





Park Rangers on the Telephone Canyon Fire, Big Bend National Park, March 2006
(NPS Historic Photograph Collection)
2000s

Dorcas (Dorie) H. Lent
Budget Analyst




End of Service: February 14, 2000

Age: 58

Park: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack at desk

Years of Service: 16

Buried: Cremated



(Fort Smith NHS photo)

Kenneth R. Smith
Preservation Specialist




End of Service: March 14, 2000

Age: 67

Park: Fort Smith National Historic Site

Cause of Death: Heart attack while working on concrete footing

Years of Service: 16

Buried: Gracelawn Cemetery, Van Buren, AR



(Kim Besom photo)


(Grand Canyon NP photo)

Cale L. Shaffer
Seasonal Mountaineering Ranger




End of Service: June 19, 2000

Age: 25

Park: Denali National Park

Cause of Death: Hudson Air Service Cessna 185 crashed in thunderstorm on way to begin mountain patrol (west side of Yentna Glacier)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Cremated, ashes at Yaki Point in Grand Canyon National Park, AZ



(Denali NP photo)

Brian Paul Reagan
Volunteer (Backcountry)




End of Service: June 19, 2000

Age: 27

Park: Denali National Park

Cause of Death: Hudson Air Service Cessna 185 crashed in thunderstorm on way to begin mountain patrol (west side of Yentna Glacier)

Years of Service: 1 months

Buried:



Adam Chauncey Kolff
Volunteer (Backcountry)




End of Service: June 19, 2000

Age: 27

Park: Denali National Park

Cause of Death: Hudson Air Service Cessna 185 crashed in thunderstorm on way to begin mountain patrol (west side of Yentna Glacier)

Years of Service: 1 months

Buried:



(Acadia NP photo)

Robert Larson
Volunteer




End of Service: August 1, 2000

Age: 64

Park: Acadia National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while hiking on Man O' War Trail after doing trail work

Years of Service: 1

Buried:



(Bonnie Fortney photo)

Phillip Arthur (Pip) Conner
Seasonal Firefighter




End of Watch: August 3, 2000

Age: 29

Park: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Helicopter crashed on takeoff from helibase, member Las Vegas Interagency Helitack Team (Charlie Complex, Elko, Nevada)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, NV



(Eggle family photo)


(Rob Wiggins photo)

Kristopher William Eggle
Park Ranger




End of Watch: August 9, 2002

Age: 28

Park: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Cause of Death: Murdered by Mexican National drug dealer fleeing from Mexican authorities across border (3 miles east of Lukeville)

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Maple Hill Cemetery, Cadillac, MI



(USPP photo)

Hakim A. Farthing
USPP Officer




End of Watch: August 10, 2002

Age: 28

Park: National Capital Parks

Cause of Death: Run down by drunk driver while maintaining a fixed traffic post during fatal MVA investigation (Baltimore Washington Parkway and Rt 50)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA



(NPS photo)


(Julia C. Jedlicka photo)

Thomas Patrick O'Hara
Park Ranger/Pilot




End of Watch: December 20, 2002

Age: 41

Park: Katmai National Park

Cause of Death: Plane crash while conducting a moose tracking survey (Upper Ugashik Lake, Alaska)

Years of Service: 12

Buried: Bristol Bay Borough Cemetery, Naknek, AK





(Engelhardt family photos)

Matthew Ross Engelhardt
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: September 9, 2003

Age: 46

Park: Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Heart attack, found unconscious (Fort Spokane group campsites)

Years of Service: 3 months

Buried: Cedonia Community Cemetery, Cedonia, WA



(Artz family photo)

Andrew (Andy) M. Artz
Park Ranger




End of Watch: September 25, 2003

Age: 42

Park: Pinnacles National Monument

Cause of Death: Occupational illness from exposure in 2000

Years of Service: 15

Buried: Cremated



Ricky Campbell
Seasonal Laborer




End of Service: April 22, 2004

Age: 50

Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while hiking Snake Den Ridge Trail to tree clearing job site

Years of Service: 10

Buried:


Armando (Andy) R. Caceres
Security Guard




End of Service: August 26, 2004

Age: 57

Park: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack on duty

Years of Service: 19

Buried: Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, CA



(NPS photo)

Suzanne (Suzi) E. Roberts
Park Ranger




End of Watch: September 14, 2004

Age: 36

Park: Haleakala National Park

Cause of Death: Removing rock slide from road, hit in the upper back and head by a boulder in excess of three feet that fell from cliff as she was bending over (Hana Road, Alelele area)

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, IL



(NPS photo)

Daniel Holmes
Seasonal Firefighter




End of Watch: October 2, 2004

Age: 26

Park: Kings Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Hit by top of falling 100 ft white fir tree on Grant West Prescribed Fire (Grant Grove area)

Years of Service:

Buried: Rochester, NH



(NPS photo)

Jeffrey Alan Christensen
Seasonal Park Ranger




End of Watch: July 29, 2005

Age: 31

Park: Rocky Mountain National Park

Cause of Death: Backcountry patrol, body found (August 6) (south slope of Mt. Ypsilon, Donner Ridge)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Union Cemetery, Maplewood, MN



(NPS photo)

Dan P. Madrid
Special Agent




End of Watch: September 24, 2005

Age: 51

Park: Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Cause of Death: Collapsed on Mist Trail below Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park while conducting an investigation

Years of Service: 29

Buried: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, St. Louis, MO



(Everglades NP photo)

James (Jim) Schlinkmann
Chief Ranger




End of Watch: November 24, 2005

Age: 49

Park: Great Basin National Park

Cause of Death: Single vehicle roll-over while returning home from Hurricane Wilma IMT assignment; alcohol involved

Years of Service: 23

Buried: Cremated



Joseph Sordi
Equipment Operator




End of Service: December 6, 2005

Age: 59

Park: Gateway National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Struck by city sanitation front end loader while waiting for a load of salt for snow removal (Staten Island)

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY



Arnold (Arney) V. Kovin, Jr.
Fleet Management Specialist




End of Service: February 6, 2006

Age: 54

Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cause of Death: Car left U.S. 441 and flipped, landing in a nearby stream

Years of Service: 28

Buried:



John (Jake) H. Quilter, III
Seasonal Trail Crew Member




End of Service: March 8, 2006

Age: 26

Park: Saguaro National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack during arduous hike to backcountry work site (Manning Camp Trail)

Years of Service:

Buried: Cremated, Mechanicsville, VA



George B. Ratliff
Seasonal Maintenance




End of Service: August 7, 2006

Age: 51

Park: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Heart attack while removing rope swing from a ravine (Childs Park)

Years of Service: 10

Buried: Cremated



(NPS photo)

Daniel R. Green
Engineering Equipment Operator




End of Service: October 13, 2006

Age: 57

Park: Olympic National Park

Cause of Death: Fell from dump truck (October 5) and died from head injuries (Kalaloch District)

Years of Service: 26

Buried: Ocean View Cemetery, Port Angeles, WA



(NPS photo)

Dr. Marina Vargas Giggleman
Seasonal Bio Technician




End of Service: April 3, 2007

Age: 46

Park: Padre Island National Seashore

Cause of Death: ATV flipped in calf-deep sand and trapped her underneath working on Kemp's Ridley sea turtle project (South Beach, mp 21)

Years of Service: 4 months

Buried: Grove Hill Cemetery, Leonard, TX



(NPS photo)


(Pat McArron photo)

Eric Charles York
Wildlife Biologist




End of Service: November 2, 2007

Age: 37

Park: Grand Canyon National Park

Cause of Death: Found dead in park residence from plague due to exposure to wildlife

Years of Service: 5

Buried: South Cemetery, Shelburne, MA



(De Soto NMem photo)

Beverly Ann Brauner
Volunteer (Interpreter)




End of Service: December 3, 2007

Age: 76

Park: DeSoto National Memorial

Cause of Death: Complications of a femur fracture from a fall

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, FL



Philip W. Hontz
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: March 31, 2008

Age: 59

Park: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Working in maintenance area; coughed up blood and collapsed from complications from lung cancer

Years of Service: 25

Buried: Cremated



(NPS photo)


(RD Hall photo)

Andrew Jackson Palmer
Seasonal Firefighter




End of Watch: July 25, 2008

Age: 18

Park: Olympic National Park

Cause of Death: Clearing trees on fire, struck by falling tree (Eagle Fire (Iron Complex), Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Junction City, Calif.)

Years of Service: 1 month

Buried: Cremated



(Chattahoochee River NRA photo)

Jack Sweitzer
Volunteer (Trail Crew)




End of Service: August 2, 2008

Age: 70

Park: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Cause of Death: Clearing trail of downed trees, had a heart attack (Vickery Creek Unit)

Years of Service: 5

Buried: Cremated



(Mammoth Cave NP photo)

Kenneth G. Adams
Small Craft Operator




End of Service: August 5, 2008

Age: 51

Park: Mammoth Cave National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack at office chair (Houchins Ferry Building)

Years of Service: 17

Buried:



Harley (Harvey) Sheffield
Volunteer (Interpreter)




End of Service: December 16, 2008

Age: 77

Park: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Stroke while on bike patrol

Years of Service:

Buried:



Gregory Lee Goehring
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: August 20, 2009

Age: 45

Park: Blue Ridge Parkway

Cause of Death: Heart attack while flagging for a ditching crew on the main line motor road

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Cremated





Joshua Tree National Park rangers, June 2016
(Brad Sutton photo)
2010s

(KTUU photo)

(Denali NP photo)

Phillip Frank Brease
Geologist




End of Service: May 12, 2010

Age: 61

Park: Denali National Park and Preserve

Cause of Death: Natural causes while leading school field trip on trail (Garner Point)

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Cremated, ashes scattered at Denali NP and along Pacific Crest Trail in Lower 48



(Bonnie Huish photo)


(Matthew Brown photo)

Rex J. Walker
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: May 20, 2010

Age: 58

Park: Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Cause of Death: On two-wheeled motorized trail bike, drove off 500 ft cliff enroute to fix some cave lighting outages (Cave Trail)

Years of Service: 3

Buried: Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, UT



(Appomattox Courthouse NHP photo)

Teddy Wayne Garrett
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: June 2, 2010

Age: 67

Park: Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Maintenance UTV, hit by van on State Route 24, flipping UTV and fatally ejecting him

Years of Service: 7

Buried: Liberty Chapel Cemetery, Appomattox, VA



(NPS photo)

Seth Thomas Spradlin
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: August 21, 2010

Age: 20

Park: Katmai National Park and Preserve

Cause of Death: Picked up by floatplane and never arrived at King Salmon, plane located September 28 (Swikshak Lagoon); never found

Years of Service:

Buried:



(NPS photo)

Neal Joseph Spradlin
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: August 21, 2010

Age: 28

Park: Katmai National Park and Preserve

Cause of Death: Picked up by floatplane and never arrived at King Salmon, plane located September 28 (Swikshak Lagoon); never found

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Katmai NP & Pres photo)

Mason McLeod
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: August 21, 2010

Age: 26

Park: Katmai National Park and Preserve

Cause of Death: Picked up by floatplane and never arrived at King Salmon, plane located September 28 (Swikshak Lagoon); never found

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Shenandoah NP photo)

Johnney Darnel Whetzel
Dispatcher




End of Service: January 27, 2011

Age: 56

Park: Shenandoah National Park

Cause of Death: Found dead from natural causes outside the Communications Center by another employee

Years of Service: 33

Buried: Cremated



(NPS photo)

Christopher Nickel
Park Ranger




End of Watch: January 29, 2011

Age: 54

Park: Hovenweep National Monument

Cause of Death: Collapsed and died while hiking the Square Tower Ruin Trail, found by a visitor

Years of Service: 16

Buried: Cremated, ashes spread at Hovenweep and Natural Bridges, UT



(NPS photo)

Julie Ann Weir
Park Ranger




End of Watch: February 24, 2011

Age: 39

Park: Independence National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Traveling for field training program from Independence to Yosemite, lost control in snow storm and collided with tractor trailer (I-80, Kearney, Nebraska)

Years of Service: 11

Buried: Cremated, UT



(USPP photo)

Michael Boehm
USPP Officer




End of Watch: December 16, 2011

Age: 45

Park: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Collapsed while investigating a critically injured attempted suicide person (Canal and 34th Street, Washington DC)

Years of Service: 19

Buried: Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA



(NPS photo)


(RD Payne photo)

Margaret Annalise Anderson
Park Ranger




End of Watch: January 1, 2012

Age: 34

Park: Mount Rainier National Park

Cause of Death: Killed by shotgun after setting up a road block to intercept a vehicle that failed to stop at a chain-up checkpoint (Barn Flats)

Years of Service: 12

Buried: Cremated



Robert J. Thornton
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: March 2, 2012

Age: 69

Park: Steamtown National Historic Site

Cause of Death: Collapsed while at work

Years of Service:

Buried: Saint Michael's Cemetery, Simpson, PA



(Amy Caddell photo)

Dana Robert Bruce
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: May 7, 2012

Age: 63

Park: Blue Ridge National Parkway

Cause of Death: Mowing accident (Haw Creek Overlook)

Years of Service: 2

Buried: Wells Cemetery, Canaan, NH



(Caldwell family photo)

David Caldwell
Park Ranger




End of Service: May 15, 2012

Age: 56

Park: New River Gorge National River

Cause of Death: Collapsed while preparing to present a school program (Grandview area)

Years of Service: 14

Buried: Cremated



(Mount Rainier NP photo)


(RD Payne photo)

Nick Hall
Climbing Ranger




End of Service: June 21, 2012

Age: 33

Park: Mount Rainier National Park

Cause of Death: Fell 2,500 feet to his death, after helping rescue two climbers who had fallen into a crevasse on the Emmons Glacier while preparing climbers for helicopter evacuation

Years of Service: 4

Buried:



(NPS photo)

William (Willy) P. Konanui, Jr.
Pest Control Worker




End of Service: July 23, 2012

Age: 37

Park: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Cause of Death: Fatal heart attack

Years of Service: 7

Buried:



(islapedia.com photo)

Joe Wysocki
Volunteer (Interpreter)




End of Service: July 10, 2013

Age: 65

Park: Channel Islands National Park

Cause of Death: Fell off the landing dock ladder as he was boarding the National Park Service vessel Ocean Ranger, head injury (Anacapa Island)

Years of Service: 6

Buried: At sea



(Jeff Caha photo)

Charles (Chuck) Caha
Equipment Operator




End of Service: September 19, 2013

Age: 64

Park: Death Valley National Park

Cause of Death: Road maintenance repairing flood damaged area, did not return, found dead by coworkers (West Side Road)

Years of Service: 4

Buried:



(Blue Ridge National Parkway photo)

Larry D. Greene
Maintenance Worker




End of Service: April 8, 2015

Age: 64

Park: Blue Ridge National Parkway

Cause of Death: Fatal heart attack

Years of Service: 26

Buried: Cremated



(NPS photo)

Berlin (Forest) Howard, III
Seasonal Maintenance Worker




End of Service: August 22, 2016

Age: 27

Park: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Cause of Death: Lawn mower he was operating collided with a van (Pinnacle View Road)

Years of Service:

Buried: Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Middlesboro, KY



(Wind Cave National Park photo)


(Katherine Kemp & Doyle photo)

Michael James Carder
Equipment Operator




End of Service: August 2, 2017

Age: 61

Park: Wind Cave National Park

Cause of Death: Heart attack while leading an American Conservation Experience trail crew working at nearby Jewel Cave NM

Years of Service: 24

Buried: Custer Cemetery, Custer, SD



(NPS photo)

Tom Jaskulski
Volunteer




End of Service: March 24, 2018

Age: 72

Park: Death Valley National Park

Cause of Death: Natural causes six days after trying to complete a routine fitness swim test to recertify as an NPS diver (Palm Desert, CA)

Years of Service: 26

Buried: Cremated



(Brian Torcha photo)

Brian Hughes
Hotshot Captain




End of Watch: July 29, 2018

Age: 33

Park: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Cause of Death: Struck and killed by a tree (Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park)

Years of Service:

Buried:



(Daily Globe photo)

Calvin John Kangas
Volunteer (Trail Crew)




End of Service: July 15, 2019

Age: 67

Park: North Country National Scenic Trail

Cause of Death: Unknown medical issue while performing trail maintenance at Porcupine Mountain State Park

Years of Service:

Buried:





Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 2020
(NPS photo)
2020s

(Bodily family photo)

Kevin Layne Bodily
Volunteer (Trail Patrol)




End of Service: July 16, 2020

Age: 57

Park: Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Cause of Death: Natural causes while patrolling Timpanogos Cave Trail (mp 1.2)

Years of Service: 4

Buried: Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, UT





Jackie Sene and Dan Kowalski, members of Yellowstone's Color Guard, September 9, 2015
(Neal Herbert/NPS Photo)

The NPS Employee Memorial was created by Jeff Ohlfs. Uncredited grave photos from the Jeff Ohlfs Collection.


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EMPLOYEE MEMORIAL