Gary Knapp

Our dear Brother Gary Knapp, passed away from complications of leukemia on July 8, 2020.  Gary was a Vigil Honor Member of Aina Topa Hutsi and held many roles in Scouting.  He leaves behind his dear wife Mellisa, his son Zeb, and daughters Raya and Sierra.  He also leaves the many friends and youth he has mentored over many years.  
Gary started his scouting journey as a Den Leader in Pack 458 and later became its Pack Committee Chairman.  He attended Wood Badge and was a member of the Beaver Patrol.  He took these skills and used them to bring a lot of excitement and outdoorsmanship to the Cub Scout Pack.  He became a Unit Commissioner and also served a long term as the Scoutmaster of Troop 745.  Gary helped found the Great Northwest Crossing Scouting Association and was the Chartered Organization Representative at the time of his passing.  Gary attended Powderhorn, became an Assistant District Commissioner for the Armadillo District and served as a Camp Master for McGimsey Scout Park.
Gary’s contributions to the Order of the Arrow are vast.  He helped the Indian Heritage committee with drum repairs, drum and singing, regalia, and mentored the youth for ceremonies and dance.  His selfless dedication saw him at nearly every event.  Later on, he became an Associate Lodge Advisor, and worked hard on the LodgeMaster software program to bring the lodge up to speed in several areas that needed desperate attention.  Gary brought so many fresh ideas to the forefront and was a Brother to us all.  He really enjoyed campfires and spending time talking about Scouting.
Gary mentored many Eagle Scouts, including his own son in Troop 745 along with others from various troops and crews.  Gary sat on Eagle Boards of Review and will always be remembered as a soft-spoken wise man.  We will all miss his Leadership in Service.
Rest in Peace Brother, Was'aka Utuhu can TuWe O'kiya Wanmdi Wankan Kinyan. You truly are and will always be our Mighty Oak Who Helps Eagles Soar.
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