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In Memoriam

Gary Preston

Gary Preston, a member of both Desert Explorers and the Old Spanish Trail Association, passed away at the age of 79, on February 24, 2016, doing what he loved best, on a trip in the desert. The peace and solitude of the desert was what he most enjoyed.  He was a quiet, private person, but he was often there in the background.  Gary helped Nelson Miller pre-run most of the trips that Nelson lead for Desert Explorers, also often accompanied by Ted Kalil.  We managed to explore much of the West Mojave Desert over the last couple of years.  Gary and Nelson had also hoped to one day travel the entire length of the Old Spanish Trail, from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles, parts of which they had already traveled.

Gary was very active in the early days of off-road racing.  In 1967, he was leading the first Baja 1000 by a wide margin when his motorcycle broke down.  In 1968, he and his partner, Larry Berquist, returned and won the second Baja 1000 with the best overall time.  He also had a number of other wins in off-road racing, often on his big Triumph motorcycle. 

Gary will be fondly remembered and sorely missed!

— Nelson Miller

In Memory of

  • Tom White 
  • Gene Olsen
  • Walt Wheelock
  • Tom Church
  • Bob Martin
  • Bill Ott - passed July 10, 2004
  • Bill "Shortfuse" Mann -Passed August 2006
  • Dwight Stroud - passed January 19, 2007
  • Lorene Crawford - Passed August 2009
  • Alan Romspert - Passed August 19, 2009
  • Don Putnam - November 5, 1916 to August 14, 2012
  • Jim Proffitt - March 21, 1941 to September 1, 2012
  • Reda Anderson - passed October 25, 2012
  • Rick Cords - May 1944 to February 1, 2014
  • "Sir" Bob Rodemeyer - December 1950 to November 11, 2014
  • John Fulton - July 5, 1937 to February 15, 2015
  • Marilyn Martin - November 19, 1929 -  June 20, 2015
  • John Page - passed September 8, 2015
  • Gary Preston - passed February 24, 2016
  • Ted Kalil - passed in 2016
  • Jerry Etchison - passed in December 2016
  • Jerry Harada - passed on August 6, 2017
  • Gene Stoops - passed on Sept 2, 2017
  • Graham "Coop" Cooper - March 31,1944 to November 22, 2017
  • Charles Hughes - passed on May 19,2018
  • Nan Healy Savage - passed on July 9, 2018

" Happy Trails To You, Until We Meet Again..."

Coming Up

Fri Aug 17 @12:00AM
White Mountains
Fri Aug 24 @12:00AM
Redwoods Exploratory
Sat Sep 29 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
General Meeting & Potluck
Fri Oct 26 @12:00AM
Mojave Heritage Trail
Sat Dec 15 @12:00AM
Annual DE Christmas Party

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January 2018

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