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Passing Of Chief Ranger Ed Cummins

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Ed Cummins, 59, chief ranger at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments in Arizona, passed away on Friday, January 11th.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Ed was born on June 29, 1953, the son of Hale and Grace Cummins. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated with his bachelor of science degree in parks and recreation management from the University of Oregon. From an early age, Ed pursued his interest in lands and resource preservation; one of his first jobs was with the East Bay regional parks in the San Francisco area.

Ed began his 30-year career in law enforcement with the National Park Service in 1978.  He served in many NPS units, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Point Reyes National Seashore, Death Valley National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Grand Canyon National Park (Tuweep subunit and Lee’s Ferry subunit), and Chickasaw National Recreation Area. In 2005 he accepted the chief ranger position at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments in central Arizona.

Ed was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Grace Cummins Schnereger of California; his sisters, Margaret Ana, Elaine Haak and Gale Olsen; Cathy Alger of Prescott, Arizona, married to Ed for 29 years; his daughter Kaelin Cummins of Dewey; son and daughter-in-law  Eli and Caitlin Cummins of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; and many friends and co-workers.

Ed’s hobbies incorporated travel to national parks around the country on his motorcycle; animal husbandry, especially the care and training of horses; and support of local 4-H and other community projects in the Prescott area.  

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held in the Montezuma Well picnic area in Rimrock, Arizona, on Friday, January 25th, at 3 p.m. All are invited to share remembrances. Cards of condolence may be sent to the administrative offices of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, P O Box 219, Camp Verde, AZ. 86322, to the attention of the Cummins family.   Cards will be hand-delivered to the family.    


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