Laramie, Wy – During the last year the state said goodbye to many residents. Some of the people were known for their prominence and impact, that group includes former Congressman Tino Roncallio, wildlife filmmaker Bill Grunkemeyer, State Auditor Stan Smith and conservationist Mardy Murie. Murie helped create the Arctic National Refuge and the federal Wilderness Act.
Other Wyomingites who passed away in 2003 were former State Auditor Jack Seedee, Laramie businessman Dick Foster who died this month, and the creator of the jackalope: Douglas Herrick passed on in January.
The state also lost several young men who served the country. Marine Shane Childers was buried in Powell, he was the first American serviceman to die during the conflict in Iraq.
At least four other Wyomingites died in the war with Iraq. They are Captain Robert Lucero, P-F-C Joseph Mayek, Lieutenant Leif Nott and Sergeant Brendon Reiss.