Yesterday, Save Our Canyons lost our patriarch, co-founder, friend and mentor. Others lost a father, a husband, others an educator, Gale Dick was so many things to so many people, he touched thousands of lives throughout our community.
For Gale, the adventure of Save Our Canyons started and ended with bulldozers atop Hidden Peak. He loved the mountains surrounding our community and he organized Save Our Canyons in effort to elevate the voice of others in the region about the importance of the Wasatch Mountains, and worked tirelessly to defend them. Not only did he love the mountains, he dearly loved the community they support: the people, the plants and animals, the history, the powder, the place.
A few years back, on a trip to work on the Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act, Gale and I shared a room. Working on our congressional testimony over coffee, I asked Gale, “You’ve travelled the world, you’ve experienced landscapes most people only see in magazines. What is the best place I should plan to visit someday?” Without hesitation, Gale replied, “The most amazing place I’ve ever been, the most stunning place in the world is the Lone Peak Cirque, without a doubt. It is truly a magnificent and wonderful place.” We tend to take these places for granted sometimes, because they are so close, but Gale knew how lucky we are to have a place like the Wasatch.
In the coming weeks we’ll post more information about our dear friend whom we already miss so much. This loss has left a gaping hole in our hearts and our lives, but he left behind Wilderness and wildness, a gift that will continue to shape our communities for generations to come.
For now, here is what we can do for Gale:
- Go for a walk in the Wasatch, enjoy the wilderness
- Fight for the remaining Wilderness
- Get the greater community to stand up for the Wasatch and be informed about what is happening to it.
Together, we can continue his legacy, but as I’ve found in the past couple years, it will take nothing short of an army of passionate people to fill the shoes of the of this one man.
Thank you, Gale, for all you’ve done for us and for the precision, humility and grace in which you’ve done it. We’ve all learned so much from you.
On behalf of the Save Our Canyons family,