Gary Falk Memorial Fund

On Saturday, July 23rd 2016, we lost our beloved Gary Falk. Gary was guiding on the Grand Teton – doing what he loved and in service to others.  The pain and shock is devastating.  Gary leaves behind an adoring wife, Kate, and two beautiful young children, Anders and Donovan.  

Kate Falk writes:   “Gary was a treasure to all those in his life.  We will hold him in our hearts now and endlessly.  We are each so grateful for the moments we shared with him and the gift of his beautiful spirit in our lives.  He was a giver and a lover.  Gary had the ability to see and bring out the best in each individual.  We all loved him because he made us feel so loved and accepted.  He made us feel protected and safe so that we could shine in our own way, be vulnerable and grow.  

At a quick glance, he may have appeared simply a carefree, joke-cracking, good-times guy, but that was a facade. Friends and family recognized that his life was guided with intention and dedication.  In the eight years I knew him, Gary strived for that balance of life - that perfect concoction of family, work, friendships, and personal pursuits. Tweaking the recipe to find greater happiness, contentment and inspiration was a frequent conversation in our home.  I know that it was a work in progress, but at the time of his death, life was feeling pretty complete and satisfying.  

He was the love of my life and the apple of my children’s eyes.  Parenting our children and providing them with a world of love, learning and adventure was our number one goal.  Together, we felt like we could do anything and that we had all the time in the world.  Anders and Gary were already training for the day they would climb the Grand Teton together. 

Lastly, I loved watching Gary “work” - as a parent, guide and teacher.  His perspective, approach and actions were so different than mine. So different, but so right.  I learned so much from him.  My kids are blessed by the short time they had with him.  We love you Gary, forever and always.”  

Those of us who love Gary want to help ensure that Kate and the family have everything they need -- now and (especially) in the future.  Please contribute to help provide for their children’s education as they grow up.


Kate Falk 
Jackson, WY

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