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Harold, 82, died December 23, 2022. He was born March 30, 1940, and grew up in Gooding, Idaho, where he graduated from Gooding H.S. Harold attended Idaho State College for two years before going to Utah State University where he graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Entomology. He worked for the USFS fighting fires while in high school and jumped at Idaho City during the 1961 season. Upon graduation from college, he worked for the USFS Research Station in Berkeley, California. Harold moved on with the Forest Service in Regions 1, 3, 4, and 8, retiring in 1994 after 35 years. He was active in the National Smokejumper Association and enjoyed reuniting with many of his smokejumper colleagues.
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National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Flake, Harold William (Idaho City 1961)" (2023). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1557.
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