State Park Ranger II George Kowatch, III

State Park Ranger II George Kowatch, III

California Department of Parks and Recreation, California

End of Watch Monday, November 2, 1987

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George Kowatch, III

State Park Ranger George Kowatch was killed in an automobile crash on California 76, three miles west California 79, in San Diego County near Palomar Mountain State Park.

His vehicle went down an 80-foot embankment after he lost control on the rain-slicked road.

Ranger Kowatch was survived by his three children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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You were a ranger who actually ranged, George. I am honored that you would have me photography your infant daughter's baptism at Santa Isabel and for the family fun we'd have at your Palomar residence. Thanks also for supporting my "Wilderness Survival for Kids (and Grown-Ups Too!)" program in Oceanside. I'm better off for having known you and your family, as I said at Doane Pond during your memorial service. I've had my church's Boy Scouts, and my son, tend to your grave marker at Riverside Ntl Cemetery on Veteran's Day and at Christmas.

Captain Steve Scarano, OPD/Retired

October 31, 2019

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