FAREWELL FOR ALL TIME, OLD FRIENDS!
The inevitable march through the Universe brings a bit of sadness. During the month of May 2001 we lost two good people. Garn Hatch, a true Utahn of 83 years, died on May Day. Garn was one of the great storytellers, a soft-spoken man with a penetrating smile and a wit that danced in his eyes. He loved the Uintas, loved wilderness, knew what it meant and worked diligently, bringing patience and civility, to the debate surrounding the 1984 Utah Wilderness Act. Garn had ridden and hiked throughout the Uintas and he understood the joy of putting in a day on a trail!
Early in May Lew Kirkman died. I remember meeting Lew way back in the mid 80s when we were all immersed in the early stages of the BLM Wilderness Review. Lew always stood out in any meeting on BLM wilderness not because he was just a tall guy, a head above almost everybody else, but because he spoke with purpose and always with a deep knowledge of wilderness and wilderness policy. While he was often troubled by the policy part, Lew never flinched with the controversy or minced his honest words. His career with both BLM and Forest Service was meaningful and his love of wildland real.