Park Ranger Robert D. "Jake" Metherell

Park Ranger Robert D. "Jake" Metherell

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, February 7, 1973

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Robert D. "Jake" Metherell

Park Ranger Jake Metherell and Park Ranger Ronald Trussell were killed in an airplane crash while en route from Cedar City, Utah, to Boise, Idaho.

They were traveling to attend a conference when the Mooney M20E plane that Ranger Metherell was piloting crashed near Elko, Nevada. The wreckage was located and recovered on April 3rd, 1973.

Ranger Metherell had served with the National Park Service for 17 years and was assigned to Zion National Park. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Idaho

aircraft accident, official travel

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Ranger Metherell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 7, 2023

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