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Al, 82, died February 23, 2022. He was born December 23, 1939, in Goodrich, Wisconsin, and moved with his family to Riggins, Idaho, in 1941 and where he graduated from high school in 1957. Al started his Forest Service career on the Boulder Ranger District in New Meadows in 1958 and, at age 19 in 1959, he became a smokejumper at the McCall where he jumped 1959-63, 66, and 1967. He was drafted into the Army in 1964 and served as a supply sergeant at Fort Lewis. Beginning in 1967 Al worked as a Fire Control Officer for the USFS on the McCall and New Meadows Districts on the Payette N.F. and on the Dale, Ukiah, and Pomeroy ranger districts on the Umatilla N.F., retiring in December 1995. After retirement from his Forest Service career, Al supported his wife JoAnne in her own Forest Service career also worked as a contractor for the Forest Service during fire season for several years. In McCall in recent years, he became known for his letters to the editor of the local paper and his advocacy for wilderness areas.



Publication Date

March 2022


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


Forest Management

Smokejumper Obituary: Stillman, Albert Theodore “Al” (McCall 1959)