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Ian Pohowsky

May 2, 1975 — August 7, 2017

Ian Richard Pohowsky, age 42, of Boise, ID, moved on Monday, August 7, 2017.

He was born May 2, 1975 in Woking, England, the younger son of Carolyn Miller (Hevener) Pohowsky and Robert “Bob” Alexander Pohowsky.

Ian packed more adventure, love and laughter into four decades than many people might during the course of several lifetimes.  After completing his A-Levels at Bedales School  in Petersfield, England, Ian finished his studies at the North American Institute of Aviation in South Carolina.  He joined American Eagle Airlines at age 22; however, his passion for the outdoors and rock climbing, led to a career change in 2007.  Following a brief stint as climbing guide, Ian joined the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter.  He began his smokejumper career in West Yellowstone in 2011 before transferring to the Great Basin Smokejumpers, Boise, Idaho in 2014.

Family and friends were paramount in Ian’s life.  Although he had called seven different countries “home” prior to age 21, he managed to maintain longstanding friendships from each of them, and he referred to the rock-climbing community and his fellow smokejumpers as part of his extended family.

Ian was predeceased by grandparents, Dorothy Ellen (Wimer) and Richard “Dick” W. Hevener, Jr. of Hightown, VA, and Gertrude (White) and Alex Pohowsky of Cincinnati, OH.

Surviving family member include his mother Carolyn of Hightown, VA; his father Bob of Cincinnati, OH; his brother, Chris Pohowsky of Blacksburg, VA; his aunt, Sharon Hevener and husband, Bill Rich of Hightown; as well as countless cousins.

A celebration of Ian’s life will be announced and conducted at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Center; Youth Programs, P.O. Box 556, Monterey, VA 24465 and the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Charitable donations may be made to:

Highland County Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 267, Monterey VA 24465

The Highland Center (Youth Programs)
PO Box 556, Monterey VA 24465

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