Arlo Lott Jr., a 41-year-old in his second year of graduate studies in the Master’s of Environmental Management (MEM) program, died after falling approximately 70 feet during a rock climbing trip in Utah on Saturday, April 16.
Lott lived in Steamboat Springs and was completing his master’s degree via the program’s distance option.
He was extricated from Farnsworth Canyon in Emory County, Utah by helicopter after a rescue effort by Emery County Search and Rescue, the sheriff’s office and Goblin Valley State Park staff.
The helicopter’s medical crew attempted to save his life for nearly an hour, but Lott was pronounced dead shortly after being lifted from the canyon.
From Interim President Nancy Chisholm’s April 21 email:
“Arlo was a distance student and came to Western to earn his master’s degree a little later in life. He was 41 years-old and sadly leaves behind a young family. From what I have learned since hearing this tragic news, Arlo touched many lives in the MEM program.”
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