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Richard William Ingraham III, 56, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, of natural causes, after finishing a perfect day of skiing at Mount Bachelor. Fittingly, he passed in the Deschutes National Forest, the same wilderness he had devoted his entire life to working and playing in.
Born May 28, 1957, in San Francisco, Calif., he had his early schooling in Napa, Calif.
His family moved to Bend in 1970, where he graduated from Bend Senior High School in 1975. He studied fire science at Central Oregon Community College, and began a 28-year career with the Forest Service.
He was an accomplished skier and mountaineer. Among his accomplishments were ascending the Three Sisters in one day, and trekking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mt. Bachelor to the Canadian border. He taught countless nieces, nephews, friends and strangers to ski and to love the alpine environment. In recent years, he channeled his love of skiing and his passion for teaching into becoming an instructor for the Oregon Adaptive Ski program (OAS).
He was an aspiring inventor and author who continuously sought to better those around him and spread his knowledge to others.
He spent countless days, weeks and months fishing, hunting and enjoying the Central Oregon lifestyle. He was the quintessential “local” and surpasses the label of outdoorsman.
Brought up in the Bay Area and Oregon, he was fiercely loyal to the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, the Portland Trailblazers, and the Portland Timbers.
He is survived by by his mother and father, Dick and Jan Ingraham of Burns; sister, Katie (Kathy) Rowles and husband, Charlie, of Bend; brother, Jeff Ingraham and wife, Jennifer, of La Pine; nephews, Scott Rowles and wife, Amy, of Bend, and Andrew Ingraham, of La Pine; nieces, Kiersten Rowles and Heidi Freisen, and husband, Daniel, of Bothel, Wash.; several aunts, uncles and cousins in Portland and California.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Richard W. Ingraham Sr., of Manila, Philippine Islands, Norton A. Forsyth of Santa Rosa, Calif., Katherine Forsyth of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Margaret Warner Hagen of Seattle, Wash.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Christian Life Center Church, 21720 E. Hwy 20 in Bend.
In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Oregon Adaptive Ski program, 63025 OB Riley Rd, #12, Bend, OR 97701 in memory of Richard Ingraham.