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​HISTORY

Reno Ski & Recreation Club is a Nevada 501(a)(7) organization. The founder and Past President of the Reno Ski & Recreation Club was Daniel Boone Halcomb, III. Dan Halcomb was an amazing and an accomplished man.  Dan founded the Reno Ski & Recreation Club in 1979.  At the time, it was called the Reno Fagowees.  He founded the Sacramento Fagowees in 1978 before moving to Reno.  He served as President of the Fagowees Club for five years, the last year being 2000-2001.  In the 28 years as a member, he served on the board as newsletter editor, vice president, ski chairman, race chairman and USSA trip leader four times.He also founded and served as chairman of the annual UNR ski swap, which as we know supports the UNR ski team as its main beneficiary. He founded the Sierra Council (then Sacramento Ski Council) in 1978 and served first as President (two years), then as race chairman (three years).  In their third year, the Sacramento Ski Council won the Far West Ski Association championships, based mainly on the racing of its two main clubs, the Reno and Sacramento Fagowees, both of which he founded in a two-year span. Dan also founded the Sacramento Race League, now the Sierra League, and served as its race chairman for three of the first five years.  He and his son, Hunter, designed the first Sierra League website.

He began teaching in 1993 and taught at Reno High School, where he began coaching the boys and girls ski teams, bringing them seven state titles in eight years.  As a member of the UNR Ski Team Boosters, Dan initiated and co-chaired the effort to put a bigger-than-life-sized bronze statue of a ski racer in the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. This beautiful sculpture now greets each and every traveler to the Reno/Tahoe area.

As a teacher at Reno High, he served as advisor to the yearbook taking it from deeply in debt to a national award-winning publication.  He founded and co-chaired Reno High School's "Stadium 2000," a million-dollar project to build an all-weather track and a 5000-seat stadium.

Dan was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2003 and, at the time, was given six months to live.  His courage and pure fortitude granted him an extra four years of life.  He fought it all the way.  As you can see by his accomplishments, Dan will not only be missed by us, but by the whole community as well. He was married to his wife, Mary, for 25 years and leaves three children, Hunter, Hannah, and Heather.  He also became a grandpa one month before he passed away. (Riley)