Bruce David Hickok

Bruce David Hickok

Delaware, USA
Death 8 Nov 1992 (aged 38)
Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 52352720 · View Source
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Anchorage Daily News November 12, 1992

Longtime Alaska resident and geologist Bruce David Hickok, 38, died Nov. 8 in an avalanche near Flattop. A visitation was held at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown, with a funeral following. The Rev. Jim Hale of Talkeetna officiated. A wake was held at O'Malley's On The Green.

Mr. Hickok was born Jan. 10, 1954, in Delaware. He spent his early years on refuges in Maine and Montana. Later, when his parents were transferred to the Washington, D.C., area with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mr. Hickok walked in the Civil Rights March led by Martin Luther King Jr. His family moved to Alaska in 1966. After he graduated from West High in 1972, he went to Israel, sponsored by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg. There, he worked on a kibbutz, in an Arab bakery, on the docks at Agaba, and camped and traveled with desert Bedouin tribes, which were impressed with his marksmanship. Mr. Hickok attended universities in Colorado and Alaska, majoring in natural sciences and graduated with degrees in geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While there, he became a mountaineering guide on Mount McKinley. He made at least five summit trips, including the gliding group that flew off the lower summit and many more ascents, all involving the rescue of many people. With his fellow guide, Jim Hale, he rode out an avalanche on Mount Silverthorne and walked away. One memorial ascent of Mount McKinley resulted in his picture in books and on calendars taken by the international photographer Galen Rowell. In 1975, Mr. Hickok worked with his father gathering evidence used in determining arctic lands use and occupancy during the Native Claims discovery process for the U.S. secretary of the Interior. As a professional geologist, he explored much of the Arctic and western Alaska for gold, platinum, rare metals and gems. He worked with many of Alaska's foremost geologists and worked in hard rock geology for a number of local companies. In his work for the Calista Corp., he combined his professional geologic skills with knowledge of the land for mineral exploration, development of hydroelectric projects, subsistence needs of the Yup'ik people and training young people with a mutual love for the land. He also combined his joy of flying. In 1987, he and Kathy Sarns were married in Maine. They enjoyed outdoors sports and nature. For the past several years, Mr. Hickok volunteered as a ski instructor for the Anchorage Junior Nordic League. He received second place in the National Master Cross Country Ski Championship in 1990 and second place in the Iditaski in 1986. He also enjoyed telemark cross-country skiing, mountaineering, flying, his friends, kayaking and marksmanship. His family said: "He was a humanitarian, a sportsman of great peer, and often successfully championed the underdog. Along the way, he inspired many people with his compassion and love of life. His family and friends will miss his smile and the sparkle in his eyes. We will all miss his yodel."

Mr. Hickok is survived by his wife, Kathy Sarns Hickok of Anchorage; his parents, David and Mark of Anchorage; his mother, Arlene Bentley Hickok of Wheatridge, Colo.; his sister, Robin Leonard of Cool, Calif.; his brother, James of Wheatridge; his sisters, Denise Wilkinson, Deidre Ganopole and Lissa Budrow, all of Anchorage; and many nieces and nephews.

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