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Orville C. Looper ( Cave Junction 1949 )

posted: Dec 24, 2005

Orv died December 6, 2005, in his home in Port Orford, Oregon. He served in the Navy during WWII as a Gunner's Mate 1st Class and was in the Battle of Midway. After the war he returned to Cave Junction and started his smokejumping career with the Forest Service in 1949. He jumped in Cave Junction from 1949 until 1957 when he transferred to Redding, California, as assistant to the smokejumper base manager.

1957 was the initial year of the Redding Base. In January 1959, he moved and helped open the BLM smokejumper base in Fairbanks, Alaska. Orv remained in Fairbanks until the spring of 1966 when he transferred to Winnemucca, Nevada, as a Fire Control Officer for the BLM. After he retired from the BLM in Winnemucca, he lived there for several years before moving to Redding, California, and then to Port Orford.