WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - Jerry O'Neal, deputy superintendent
of Glacier National Park, died Thursday. He was 59.
Park officials said doctors were uncertain about cause of death
for O'Neal, who came to Glacier from Atlanta.
In addition to his other duties, O'Neal was one of the main
media contacts for the park during the forest fire season this past
summer and fall.
"He spent considerable hours at fire camps and was out and
about during the wildfires last summer," the National Park Service
said in a brief statement about his death.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, and their 23-year-old
daughter, Halle.
Services will be in Gulfport, Miss., at a later date.
O'Neal came to Glacier from Atlanta in November 2002. He
previously served three years as chief of science and natural
resource management in the park service's southeast region.
O'Neal started with the park service in 1998, when he became the
chief of science and resources management at Mammoth Cave National
Park in Kentucky.
Before his two years at Mammoth Cave, O'Neal served as a
regional toxicologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for
seven years. Before that, he spent 15 years as a research
entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest,
Northeast and Southeast regions.

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