Alan W. Wyatt
- Seasonal Firefighter/Timber Faller
- United States Forest Service - Rio Grande National Forest
- Age: 51
- Year of Death: 2002
Submitted by his daughter
Alan Wyatt was a multi-faceted individual with diverse interests and loves. He was a wildland firefighter‚ timber faller‚ cattle rancher‚ working cowboy‚ leather craftsman and preacher. He possessed the enviable power to teach. Whether it was young men wanting to learn the art of timber falling or firefighting‚ young people wanting to learn about ranch life or people desiring to learn about the Lord‚ Alan inherently knew the best way to approach their level and drive the lesson home. His stories were notorious and he could always make you laugh with his cowboy humor.
Alan worked as a professional timber faller for 29 years‚ logging throughout the western United States and Alaska during those years. For approximately the last 10 years Alan had spent the summers working for the United States Forest Service (USFS) as a direct firefighter and also training military troops in emergency fire fighting practices and chainsaw safety. He received military accolades for his effort of joint training between the US military and the USFS. He was a consummate professional‚ revered by many for his skills and known by all as extremely safety-conscious.
Alan’s love for his family and his God was evident in all things. As an uncle shared‚ ‘Al always spoke respectfully and lovingly of his family.’ His brother-in-law wrote‚ ‘I always felt that his family was in good hands and I was always confident for their future.’ His word was gold and his integrity steadfast. A business associate shared‚ ‘Al always did what he said he would do. He paid when he said he would and showed up when he said he would. I could trust him and I believed him to be a real friend.’
On July 2‚ 2002‚ Alan was killed by a green aspen tree with a burned out root system while clearing the area of hazard trees on the fire line of the Missionary Ridge Fire in Bayfield‚ Colorado. Alan died a hero protecting the homes and property of the Bayfield citizens. In one moment‚ the world lost a tremendous individual and the Lord gained a powerful soldier.
Thank you Alan for your brave sacrifice. You’re a great man and a hero.– William Hildenbrand