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Chad Plummer

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Chad Warren Plummer

September 30, 1980

May 9, 2014

Chad Warren Plummer died Friday May 9, 2014 in an accident near Laramie Wyoming. He was born in Elko, Nevada September 30, 1980 to Rayne and the late Rex Plummer. He graduated from Sparks High school, in Sparks Nevada, where he was a two time all state wrestling champion. He continued to wrestle while attending the University of Wyoming and worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service as a member of the Black Mountain Hotshots firefighting crew.

He fought fires with the hotshots after graduation but while in school he had fallen in love with the Laramie Valley, its' people and it's life style, and he would never leave. He worked seasonally as a fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Laramie and worked tirelessly to learn all he could about all things ranching. He attended Oklahoma State horseshoeing school and became an accomplished Ferrier. He lived and worked on the Dalles Ranch with his friends Mike and Sally and enjoyed learning the business of raising cattle. He began operating a small sawmill on the ranch and had plans to build a house and expand the lumber business.

Chad was an exceptional outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He worked as a fishing guide before going to work for the Forest Service in Laramie. His skills with the drift boat were enjoyed by his friends and family who he would take fishing on rivers throughout the west. He was also the finest of hunting partners. He could endure harsh conditions with a smile and relished in the success of others. Chad enjoyed living life on his terms. He always gave freely of his time and skills to help others and his easy going ways and wry humor made him a pleasure to be with.

He is survived by his mother Rayne and father David Niehaus, sister Hanna Niehaus, his grandmothers; Shirley Malloy and Diane Plummer Goodwin, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A reception celebrating Chad's life will be held on Monday, May 19, from 3-6 pm at Pinocchio's, 4820 Vista Boulevard in Sparks, Nevada, with a short memorial at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation at

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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 15 to May 17, 2014
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