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Robert Pfaltz

March 6, 1963 — June 28, 2014

Robert "Bob" Lucas Pfaltz, age 51, of Victor, Idaho, died June 28, 2014 at his home. Bob was born March 6, 1963 in Summit, New Jersey to Hugo and Marilyn Pfaltz. Bob's complete attraction to the great outdoors was cultivated at an early age, first as a camper and later as a counselor at Camp Langskib in Northern Canada. He attended Sierra College in Rocklin, California and migrated west during the 1980's and it was here, in the shadow of the Teton Mountains, that Bob felt complete peace and a true sense of home. In addition to Bob's formidable woodworking and home building skills, he enjoyed a rich career for many years as a Professional Ski Patroller at Grand Targhee Resort and was integral to the development of the resort's Canine Avalanche Program (GTK9). He was also an enthusiastic drummer, and relished his time through the years making music with various groups, in particular the "ski patrol band," which entertained at numerous Teton Valley functions. Bob was game for anything outdoors and adventures included surfing and gold panning. In 2012 Bob met his true love, Jennifer McCormack of Victor, Idaho, and they married in September 2013 at Bob's childhood home in New Jersey. Their recent adventures as a couple included extended trips to Mexico complete with Spanish lessons, cooking classes, surfing, and simply enjoying life with each other. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Pfaltz of Victor, Idaho, his parents Hugo and Marilyn Pfaltz of Summit, New Jersey and siblings William (Ami) Pfaltz and Beth (Christopher)Welsh; nephews John, Bryan and Todd, Aunt & Uncle Margaret and John Pfaltz and cousins Cynthia Muir, Christopher Muir, James Muir, Amy Pfaltz, Kay Pfaltz, Ted Pfaltz and their families. A service honoring Bob's life will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday July 27, 2014 at Teton Springs Resort in the Cadis Lake Overlook Tent. Bob was known for his relaxed style; therefore, Hawaiian shirts worn by loved ones to his life's celebration would be a fitting tribute. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Bob Pfaltz Memorial Fund for the GTK9 Foundation," at any US Bank location or mailed to P.O.Box 1041, Driggs, Idaho 83422. Grand Targhee Avalanche Dogs is a non-profit group of handlers and their dogs working and training as teams, not only as a valuable resource at Grand Targhee, but also in the greater mountain community as the dogs work with local Search & Rescue in both Idaho & Wyoming throughout the year. All proceeds pay for training, veterinary care, courses, testing and food. For more information on the GTK9 Foundation contact Jason O'Neil at 208.709.7578. Jennifer Pfaltz will also establish an annual "Bob Pfaltz Memorial Avalanche Dog Scholarship" to send a dog to training. Condolences can be sent to Bob's family at valleymortuarydriggs.com. Bob was recognized to be a kind and loving soul by everyone who knew him; he will be greatly missed.


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