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December 1, 1940 – May 2, 2015
We ski not as a sport
But as a way of life
To be closer to God
Who makes it all possible.
Elizabeth (Betty) Lorraine Voltz went to be with our Heavenly Father on May 2, 2015 with family at her side after a ferocious two-year battle against cancer. She was born on December 1, 1940 in Denver, CO to Leroy and Mary Jane Foss. Betty lived in many cities all over the country due to her father’s occupation as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. She attended Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane when her father was stationed at Fairchild AFB, ultimately graduating from high school in Sacramento, CA in 1958. She moved back to Spokane in 1959 when her father was re-stationed to Fairchild AFB.
Betty was receiving ski lessons in 1961 when she met her future husband Al, a ski instructor at Mt. Spokane. She married the love of her life in 1964, eventually becoming a ski instructor herself. They were married for 51 years. In 1967, they moved to Schweitzer Mountain, ID where her husband became the ski school director. During this time, she worked as a secretary at a local grocery store while snow skiing in the winter and performing at water ski shows in the summer. She also competed in water ski tournaments becoming the Washington and Montana state champion in slalom, trick, and jumping. In 1968, Betty and Al were named to the United States Ski Demonstration Team that selected only the very best snow skiers across the nation. To this day, they remain the only married couple ever selected. That summer, they toured Europe where they stopped in Greece to teach waterskiing.
In 1969, they welcomed David, the first of three children. Daniel soon followed in 1970, and Deborah in 1974. They moved to Chewelah, WA in 1971 when Al was hired to be the mountain manager at 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, which was being built. In 1975, they bought the local Union Oil distributorship in Chewelah where Betty was the bookkeeper. In the 1980s, Betty became a travel agent and worked in outside sales for two different Spokane agencies where she led ski trips to Europe. From 1990 to 2000, she operated her own travel agency in Chewelah. She then became semi-retired, splitting time between Chewelah and Beaver Creek, CO. She worked as a ski instructor and taught her last lesson in the spring of 2013 at the age of 72.
Betty enjoyed SCUBA diving, skiing, golfing, and traveling. She loved to spend time with her family and especially Svea and Ella, her grandchildren. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Betty is survived by her husband Al; brother, Roger; three children, David, Daniel (Monica) and Deborah Voltz. Betty was raised as a Lutheran and was a strong believer. Her last words were “Praise God, Hallelujah!” She was an active supporter of her granddaughters’ school in Colville. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Riverwood Community School, 146B Buena Vista Dr. Colville, WA 99114. www.riverwoodschool.org
March 9, 1928 – January 5, 2015
Devoted husband, father, and friend Jack passed away peacefully at home on January 5th with his family at his side. With his engineering and finance background Jack enjoyed a long career at Tektronix, and loved to tinker with everything from computers to cars. Jack’s passion in life was the mountain.
He scaled Mt. Hood at age 16, joined the Mazamas in 1944, and climbed many other peaks of the Cascades. He had a life-long love of skiing from an early age, and in the 1950s built a cabin in Government Camp, which stands today as his pride and joy.
He helped many ski enthusiasts become instructors as the Technical Director of the Ski Bowl Ski School and furthered many careers as the President (1974-75), Certification Vice President (1969-74), Financial Vice President (1965-69) and a member of the board from 1965-75 of the (then) Pacific Northwest Ski Instructors Association. He was also an examiner for the organization for many years, gaining his “full cert” (now known as Level III) in 1963. In 1994 he was granted Lifetime Membership to the organization for his many years of service. In addition to all these accolades and impacts, the one most significant was passing on the love for the sport and teaching skiing to his daughter Lynn, who received her “full cert” in 1976 and has been a member of PSIA-NW for over 40 years. After retiring from teaching, Jack continued serving, this time as a member of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol.
As a life-long member of the Schnee Vogeli Ski Club, Jack shared his passion for skiing at Mt. Hood, and at resorts such as Sun Valley, with many close friends.
Jack is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Lynn (son-in-law Tod), brother Don (wife Shirley) and step-daughters Adonica (husband Tim) and Carinda, and family grandchildren Fallon and Gage, all in the Portland region. He was preceded in death by his first wife Joan. A celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday, January 28 at 4 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1624 NE Hancock, Portland). A mountain gathering will take place on Saturday evening, April 11 at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum in Government Camp.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Mazamas, Jack Weigand Memorial Fund at www.mazamas.org or the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic through email@example.com or www.wintersportsclinic.org.
On Friday, May 23rd, 2014 The Snow Sports Industry lost a True legend and Selfless Ambassador to Alpine Skiing & Teaching.
Gary Carter was a great partner, father, mentor and one of the best instructors many of us knew. He had a huge following and was known as THE guy who improved several marriages by helping a skier’s or instructor’s spouse to enjoy skiing too.
Gary grew up in Portland, skiing Mt. Hood. He became a member of PSIA-NW in 1968 while working at Ski Bowl. He earned his Associate Cert. (Level II) the following year and Full Cert (Level III) in 1970. He was soon an Examiner, teaching the teachers.
After moving to White Pass in 1977, Gary became a truly outspoken member of our PSIA-NW Board, representing White Pass/South Central. He was always on guard against elitism and fought for the rights and interests of the average person.
Gary was recently recognized as a PSIA Legend.
For those who knew him well, he was often referred to as Gary-San for his years of merchandising Japan’s Nishizawa skis in North America.
Gary loved to share his passion for Skiing and the brotherhood of the Mountain Experience. He taught us by example to never forget the joy of play, the healing power of laughter or the smell of a good Bahama Mama hot dog barbequing in the ski area RV lot.
I remember a group of us skiing trees, when we came upon a beautiful meadow of untracked powder and I stopped to enjoy the view. As Gary made a turn by me, he gently pushed me over in the deep snow while giggling, “He who hesitates, spectates” and proceeded to rip some beautiful first tracks.
In professional circles, Gary was known as the best guy to see between Portland, Yakima and Seattle for a pro ski tune or boot fit. With his skill and a Wintersteiger stone grinder in the shop, Gary could make a great ski out of a good ski or pull another season of life out of equipment most of us would have sent to the ski swap.
Gary Lee Carter, you were selfless and generous beyond words. You will truly be missed by many more than you knew!
We wish you only Blue Skies and Deep Powder in Heaven Brother, Blue Skies and Deep Powder.
– Written by Tony Fardell