(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Chewelah resident who passed away in car crash honored with ski run named after him on Mt. Spokane…
Late Chewelah native Gary Peck, who passed away in a car accident last Spring, was honored at Mt. Spokane Ski Resort in January after being a ski patroller and race coach at the mountain for 42 years.
Gary was raised in Chewelah, and after graduating from Jenkins High School in 1964, he attended Spokane Community College. In 1966, he joined the Army Reserve where he served for six years. He attended Eastern Washington University and married Carol Ann Stroyan. He learned to ski at Chewelah Peak.
On January 25, the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol handed out 150 torches for a “torchlight serpentine,” and it was led by a toboggan with Peck’s patrol coat. This happened after the mountain closed at 10:15 p.m. and 3-400 people attended.
In the Mt. Spokane ski patrol chalet, there was a potluck dinner as a tribute as well. Peck was remembered for the way he effected people’s lives throughout the years. The ski patrol also retired Peck’s radio number which had always been 120. According to the Spokesman-Review, Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol director Randy Foiles called on the radio “Forty to 120, Forty to 120, come in, “There is no response from 120, From this day forward, no one will ever be 120 again.”
On January 26, a ski run formerly known as No. 2 was renamed Gary’s Glory and is the first run to be named on Mt. Spokane’s new chair No. 6.
Peck was 71 when he passed away last spring and was heavily involved as the chief administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital before retiring.