Tempe man killed at Oak Flat

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A Tempe man was killed Sunday at Oak Flat Campground when a boulder fell, striking him on the head.

According to Tim Gaffney, Public Information Officer for Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, John Scott, 66, Tempe, had been rappelling with friends on the boulders in Upper Devil Canyon. He had just finished belaying for another climber when a two-foot boulder fell from the top of the mountain. Another climber who saw the boulder falling yelled, “Rock!” Scott looked up and was struck in the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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James J. Hodl is a career journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and trade journals. A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, Hodl began his career as a reporter with the Palatine (IL) Herald and the Morton Grove (IL) Review before becoming editor of the trade publication Appliance Service News. In recent years, Hodl has had articles published in Consumers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Home Remodeling, Kitchens & Baths and Salute; and has contributed to trade publications serving the home furnishings, restaurant and casino markets. A native of Chicago, Hodl relocated to San Tan Valley in 2013.


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