In October 2017 Rich Hubbard’s mountain bike brakes failed, resulting in a serious high-speed crash. Despite treatment from a variety of medical and mental health specialists, he never fully recovered.
On December 14, 2018, Rich passed away in Spokane, Washington. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Ann Sharley-Hubbard, his son Tony Bear of Spokane Valley, his sister Gail Hubbard Callahan of Walla Walla, granddaughters Kate and Haley Bear, and many close friends. Even during his difficult last year, Rich placed great value on the friendship and love of his numerous friends and relatives. Rich was a kind and gentle soul, and he will be greatly missed.
Rich worked seasonally for federal agencies during his college years, conducting timber inventories for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and serving as a temporary Range Conservationist with the Rock Springs and Kemmerer, Wyoming, Bureau of Land Management offices. In 1976 Rich accepted a permanent Range Conservationist position with the Bureau of Land Management in Havre, Montana, a position he held for three years. During these early jobs a number of Rich’s coworkers were added to his list of lifelong friends. Continue reading