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Ed died March 3, 2003 in Helena, Montana, following a short bout with cancer. He was born June 18,1928, in Missoula. Ed attended Roosevelt Grade School in Missoula until he moved with his mother and stepfather to Lonepine. There he attended junior high and high school and graduated in 1946. During his high school years he was involved in every sport and enjoyed playing the drums and sang in the school chorus. From 1943-1945, Ed was a packer for the U.S. Forest Service in Missoula and in 1948-49 he was a Missoula smokejumper. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as electricians mate for 22 months. Ed worked as an instrument man for the county surveyor in Missoula in 1950-1951 and as student lab assistant at Montana State University-Bozeman in 1952-1953. He married Marian Louise Sampson in 1951. Ed graduated from Montana State University with a civil engineering degree and after MSU attended the University of California and received a "fast track" masters in engineering. He opened Foundation and Material Consultant Engineering located in Helena, an active business for 40 years.



Publication Date

March 2003


Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries


Forest Management

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