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Long-time FSS employee dies

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A long-time 21st Force Support Squadron employee died May 6 in a traffic accident off base.

Adolf Navarte had been a chef at the Peterson club for more than 30 years. He and his wife Pamela Navarte were killed when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a tow truck which reportedly ran a stop sign.

The crash happened at Garrett and Meridian Road, south of Falcon, Colo.

"Not only was he a wizard in the kitchen, Adolf was known as a master mechanic, helping many club employees with solving problems with their vehicles," said Dan Schofield, 21st FSS deputy director. "He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and he and his wife were passionate about helping raise their two grandchildren."

As chef, he was the lead kitchen employee who ordered food, developed recipes, and prepared dishes, Schofield said. His specialty was preparing meals for distinguished visitors and large groups. His quiet but determined demeanor proved to be effective in the kitchen when many tasks were being accomplished by the staff at one time. "He led by example and taught many of the current staff members the art of being more than a cook," he added.

"Quality and variety of food was the number one response to a recent survey of why club members participate in club activities," Schofield said. "Adolf was the key ingredient to that number one result."

A memorial service was held May 11 at Springs Funeral Services. Cards may be sent to Michael Johnson, 4351 Hawks Lookout Ln., Colorado Springs, Colo., 80916.

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