Pilot Editorial

Monday, July 8, 2002

Goodbye to Fortiers

Jane and Dick Fortier are leaving Storm Lake for Arizona after about 20 active years here, and they will be missed. The couple was a grand example of volunteerism, public service and involvement.

The list is hard to compile - Witter Gallery, Dollars for Scholars and several philanthropic efforts, organizing tournaments for basketball and tennis and intramural sports, donating trophies and medals for community and youth events, providing a "golden voice" of Tornado track and football, helping to organize a RAGBRAI visit, Christian Education direction and catechism teaching, even volunteer "reffing" at countless sports events. (And ending up with a broken ankle at one!)

As important as their community efforts were, they were at least as much pure fun, and a great lasting love story right down to the tandem bike they could usually be found on.

They didn't want any fuss as they leave town, but it's important for such people to know that a little bit of Storm Lake's heart will go with them.