November 17, 2009

Man who died in cliff fall identified

From staff reports The Spokesman-Review
The family of Stuart Anderson photo

Stuart Anderson died Monday after falling from a cliff in the Dishman Hills Natural Area. His family has set up a memorial fund at any Spokane Teachers Credit Union.
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A memorial fund for Stuart Anderson has been set up at Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch in Anderson’s name.

The 56-year-old Spokane Valley killed Monday after falling from a cliff in the Dishman Hills Natural Area was identified Tuesday by his family.

Stuart Anderson was “geocaching” with his wife Monday afternoon, when he apparently slipped on wet pine needles and fell about 100 to 150 feet off a sheer rock cliff to his death, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Geocaching is a GPS-aided treasure hunting game, where geocachers use GPS coordinates left on Internet sites to find prizes left by others.

Anderson’s family issued the following statement:

“There are no words to describe how meaningful he was to everyone he knew.

He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, son, brother, and friend.

His humor and zest for life will be deeply missed.

He is the best thing that ever happened to all of us.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”

According to a family spokesman, a memorial service for Anderson has been scheduled for November 20 at Heritage Congregation. The time has yet to be announced.

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