Memorial Planned Honoring Fallen Smokejumper Tim Hart
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 10, 2021

Cody, WY (June 7, 2021) – The memorial service honoring Tim Hart, the smokejumper who died from injuries sustained while responding to the Eicks Fire in southern New Mexico, will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Cody, Wyoming.  The service will be held at the Cody High School Football Stadium at 920 Beck Avenue, Cody, Wyoming starting at 11:00 a.m. MDT.  The football stadium will  open at 10:00 a.m. MDT for those attending to begin arriving.

Tim grew up in Zion, Illinois and lived in Cody, Wyoming with his wife Michelle and their dog Dash.  During his firefighting career Tim was an Engine Crew Member on the Coconino, Fremont-Winema, and Shoshone National Forests.  He was a Lead Firefighter on the Asheville and Ruby Mountain Hotshot Crews.  He moved to Grangeville, Idaho as a Rookie Smokejumper in 2016.   In 2019, he transitioned to West Yellowstone and the Custer Gallatin Forest first as a Squad Leader and then as a Spotter.  His thorough approach, kindness, sense of humor, love of music, and leadership skill were an instrumental component of the base.  He will be deeply missed.

“We are feeling profound loss with Tim’s passing – particularly our smokejumper and firefighting communities,” said Kathy Minor, Acting Custer Gallatin National Forest Supervisor.  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim’s family and friends during this very difficult time.  Tim’s thorough approach, kindness, sense of humor, love of music and leadership in the smokejumping community will be very deeply missed but never forgotten.”

A blogspot has been created for those who would like to share a condolence to Tim’s family.  It can be found at  www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin.  Condolences can also be mailed to Tim Hart family, c/o Shoshone Forest Supervisor’s Office, 808 Meadow Lane, Cody, WY 82414.