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Eatonville man killed in last week’s crash was Mount Rainier employee

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 7, 2012 at 5:19 am |
August 6, 2012 11:22 pm

An Eatonville man who died last week in a one-car crash on state Route 7 was a Mount Rainier National Park employee, according to the Park Service.

Douglas S. Chappell, 40, was an engineering equipment operator who worked on the road crew for five years plowing roads to Paradise.

“He was a team member, took great pride in being an NPS employee and will be sorely missed by friends and family,” the Park Service said in a statement.

Chappell was driving south on SR 7 on July 29 when his car left the road near Ohop Valley Road and struck a tree. Drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Chappell is survived by his parents, two brothers, four nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.

The Park Service said he came from an NPS family. His mother, Rhea Gillispie, works in the natural and cultural resources division and his father, stepmother and stepfather all worked at Mount Rainier at some point.

Donations in Chappell’s memory can be made to the Eatonville Youth Sports Association in care of Rhea Gillispie, 10409 Ohop Valley Ext. Rd. E, Eatonville, WA 98328.

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