The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation recently received news about the passing of one of our friends and advocates. Susan Hootman Garlow, 42, passed away October 26, at home in Jackson, WY after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Originally from Cheyenne, Susan moved to Jackson in 1999 to be in the mountains she loved.
From an early age, Susan’s love of the mountains and wildlife led her all over the world on a life quest for knowledge. Garlow earned a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, and a Master’s degree in Education from Montana State University. While studying at the University of Wyoming, she helped start the campus Outdoor Program. She spent time as a field biologist in Tanzania, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and worked as a naturalist guide in Baja, CA. She also worked as an assistant manager for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Las Vegas, and as a biologist for the Bureau of Land Management.
Since 2008, Garlow taught skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. She volunteered as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Snow King Resort and was an Emergency Medical Technician.
Susan was a climber of wide experience and accomplishments. After being diagnosed with cancer, Susan spent time climbing in Mont Blanc, France and Patagonia, Chile. In mid-September she participated in HERA’s Climb4Life Salt Lake City. She refused to let cancer steal the fun from her life and was determined to beat it. She shared her adventurous spirit as one of HERA’s Action Hero Survivors.
Whether working or playing, Susan was fun and an inspiration for those around her. She shared her excitement for life, as well as her respect and knowledge for mountains and wildlife. Susan’s enthusiasm was contagious, especially doing anything outdoors, whether it be climbing, skiing, biking, hiking or camping. She would not succumb to her illness and had an unending desire to be outdoors doing what she loved. Her dynamite smile, sparkling personality and sheer determination won the hearts of all that knew her. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
Susan is survived by her parents, Larry and Leela Hootman, brother Tom, and his wife Deonne Hootman, niece Ray, and nephew Tom, godchildren, Jacob & Sabrina Georgio and their mother, lifelong friend, Jacque Georgio, her faithful companion, Carl The Dog, and her Jackson Hole family of friends. She was such a pleasure to be with, and HERA’s condolences go out to all her family and friends. We will miss her beautiful smile.
The mission of the HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation is to eliminate ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.
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