Ed Wilson passed away on January 23, 2020 in Enumclaw, Washington. He was born April 22, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. For those who may or may not know him, he was an outgoing and gregarious soul who loved climbing and the outdoors, and he inspired that same love in his children and everyone who knew him. He was a Veteran during Vietnam. After his military service, he spent a large majority of his time in Yosemite, and he eventually admitted to doing a bit of free soloing there before it was all the rage. Afterward, he settled into a climbing ranger job in the Tetons where he earned the National Park Service Valor Award for a solo river rescue of multiple canoers on the Snake River. He eventually transitioned to a permanent career in law enforcement at Mount Rainier National Park. He and his conversations will be sorely missed, but we are certain his spirit will remain in the summits of the peaks where he felt at home.
Ed is survived by sons, Casey Wilson (Emily) of Ashland, Oregon and Gavin Wilson (Olivia) of Enumclaw; daughter, Jennifer Farmer (Ernest) of Spokane; and three grandchildren.
A service with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
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