In Memorium
Guy Monroe, Oregon State Park Ranger, Seal Rock Tidepools

Guy Monroe

Guy Monroe was a long-time outdoor educator, and throughout his career he passed on his passion for resource conservation to thousands of visitors to the Central Oregon coast.  Guy was a retired Boeing computer specialist and a published author, his book “A Bird’s Day At Yaquina Head” was a popular item for years at the FOYL Interpretive Store.  He loved to travel with his wife Karol, loved playing Duplicate Bridge, loved Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and supported the Friends group.  He will be missed.

Keeper Chris

Christian Burns (Chris)

To hear Chris tell it, he had 3 life goals as a child.  To work in media, to sail around the world, and to be a Park Ranger.  After retiring from a successful career in radio, and after sailing around the world with his wife and two children for years, he landed here in Newport.  He started volunteering at Yaquina Head and was soon hired (at 67 years old!) as a full-time ranger, proving that it is never too late to reach for your dreams. Chris was loved by staff and visitors alike; his deep laughter was infectious and his endless search for knowledge was an inspiration to us all. We lost Chris in August of 2020, and he is missed each and every day.

Gene Cummings

Gene Cummings

Wayland Eugene Cummings (Gene) was a long-time and much beloved member of the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouse (FOYL) staff.  We were privileged to be at his side when he passed in 2019 after a short but valiant fight against cancer.  Gene loved reading, solitary walks, and was an avid backpacker for many years.  He could often be seen on the streets of Newport, wearing his floppy hat and carrying his trusty walking-stick.

Upon Gene’s death his family donated his car to FOYL, and we can’t thank them enough for their thoughtfulness. Gene was truly a part of the FOYL “family” for many years; we are sure a piece of his playful spirit remains here at Yaquina Head, flirting with the waves as they dance upon the beach that he loved so much.