We must sadly report the passing of Lt Col Robert L. Boucher, CAP of Columbia Basin Composite Squadron on June 26, 2017.

Bob proudly and reliably served his community, state, and nation in Civil Air Patrol for 63 years. He was a strong leader and role model for many CAP seniors and cadets over the decades. He served as squadron commander, an encampment staff officer, a communications officer, a finance officer, and in many other important positions and functions in CAP. Until his later years, he was a constant presence at Washington Wing's Emergency Services Training Academy in Ephrata, where the Washington Wing facility proudly goes on memorializing his name.

He graduated from Ellicott (Colorado) High School in 1942, and attended the University of Colorado in 1949. Later, he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army. Between 1949 and 1986, Bob worked in data processing for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at the Grand Coulee Dam. He was preceded in death by his wife to whom he was happily married for 58 years.

Many of us have had the distinct pleasure of knowing and serving with Lt Col Boucher. He will be missed, but always remembered for the gentle person he was who was always smiling. Thank you for your lifetime of service to CAP, Lt Col Robert L. Boucher.

As details about any possible memorial services for Lt Col Boucher are determined, we will announce them.