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Weber Canyon avalanche victim described as ‘devoted husband, father, son, and brother’

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — The man killed in an avalanche in Weber Canyon on March 9 has been identified as Ryan Barr, 46, from San Diego by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The large avalanche was triggered in the Weber Canyon backcountry by a group of guided skiers, and Barr and another skier were caught, carried, and buried in the snow.

Barr was buried deep by the snow, and was not breathing when he was uncovered. Both air ambulance and guide personnel initiated CPR, but he passed away at the scene.

The other buried skier was found and flown to a nearby hospital with injuries

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement on behalf of Barr’s family:

“Ryan was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother. He was part of a close-knit family, who loved nothing more than to spend family vacations and celebrate birthdays and holidays together. Ryan was loved by all and will be remembered for his big personality, kindness, and ability to light up a room. He worked in commercial real estate and loved skiing, surfing and cooking. He lived life to the fullest and was taken too soon. His wife, Caroline, and young daughter, Anna, will miss him dearly.”

Barr with his wife Caroline and daughter Anna. Photo: Summit County Sheriff’s Office

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