Obituary: Donald Peter Huber
Donald Peter Huber, 81 of Truckee, CA, and Carson City, NV, passed away on October 30 unexpectedly after complications arising from surgery in Carson City. His beloved children were beside with him often during his last week.
Don was born on May 31, 1928, in Seattle, WA, the son of Frederick and Florence Huber. The Huber family later moved to San Francisco. Don graduated from Lowell High School in 1946 and later earned a degree in architecture from U.C. Berkeley in 1952.
After college, he traveled to Japan for two years to work as an architect, designing buildings after the war. Upon his return to the states, he worked for the family business in interior design, in Kentfield, CA. In his free time, he became an avid sailor, sailing the waters of San Francisco Bay. Don joined and became a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and the National Ski Patrol, and he was a frequent visitor to the Sierraand#8217;s skiing at Sugar Bowl and staying at the Clair Tappaan Lodge on Donner Summit. During his early tenure with the Sierra Club, Don assisted in the construction some of the Sierra Club huts lining the crest of the Sierra Nevada.
In 1960 Don was assigned as the Assistant Ski Patrol Leader of nordic events during the Olympics at Squaw Valley. Soon after, he relocated from the Bay Area to Tahoe City where he married Roberta, his wife for 22 years. Living in the mountains Don followed his heart. During the winter, he was a professional ski patroller at Squaw Valley and later at Alpine Meadows. During the summer, he scaled timber for the US Forest Service as a seasonal employee. When the weather turned warm you could often find him at Sunnyside Resort on Lake Tahoe racing and winning many races with his catamaran. In 1964, he was hired full time as a Snow Ranger for Tahoe National Forest and moved to Truckee, where he and his wife raised their two children, Rob and Christie.
Don and Roberta were very active in the Truckee area. They belonged to the Truckee Donner Horseman Association, Don was a Planning Commissioner for Nevada County and both he and Roberta helped with the creation of the Wilderness Finders Search Dog Unit (WOOF). While working for the U.S. Forest Service Forest Service Don assisted with avalanche control at Alpine Meadows and in 1983 he was given an award for Superior Service in recognition of his participation and leadership during the Alpine Meadows avalanche in 1982. Don was also deeply involved with the design and creation of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tahoe area.
Don retired from the US Forest Service in 1985, but stayed active in the community. He joined and led programs for seniors in Truckee and volunteered as a driver for Tahoe Forest Hospital. Known as Big Don around the community, he was also known as the weather man, keeping accurate records of Truckee weather for almost 40 years. After nearly 50 years in the Truckee area, Don moved down to Carson City in June to relax and to be closer to his daughter, Christie, and her family.
Don is survived by his sister, Patricia Brewer of Springfield, OR, his son Rob Huber of Gardnerville, NV, his daughter, Christie Talbot of Minden, NV, and his two grandchildren Morgan and Logan Talbot.
Because of Donand#8217;s scores of friends, Donand#8217;s children, Rob and Christie, will hold a memorial service in Donand#8217;s honor in January, where we can all remember and tell of how Don impacted our lives. All of those whose lives Don touched are welcome and an attempt to notify everyone will made as soon as the details are available. Please feel free to contact Rob or Christie for details. Donations can be sent to: Rob Huber, 687 Shetland Circle, Gardnerville, NV 89410; or Christie Talbot, 2620 Skyline Dr., Minden, NV 89423.