Krista Cheré Deal
Krista Cheré Deal died Dec. 9, 2012, at her home in Camino, Calif., following a two-year battle with cancer. She was 57. Krista was born in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Jan. 16, 1955. She attended Oak Ridge High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., and Surgoinsville High School in Surgoinsville, Tenn., where she graduated in 1973. She received her B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1978 and her M.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Chico, in 1987.
In her early career, Krista worked for a variety of archaeological and survey projects throughout the Southwestern U.S., working in several national forests and in Death Valley National Park. She served as U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist for the Eldorado National Forest Pacific Southwest Region from 1988 to 2012. She was recognized as an expert in the effects of fire on artifacts and archeological resources. She taught classes on this subject and authored a chapter entitled "Fire Effects on Flaked Stone, Ground Stone, and Other Stone Artifacts," in the recent publication "Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Cultural Resources and Archaeology."
Krista believed in the importance of public service and offered many volunteers and avocational groups unique opportunities to learn about and to participate in archaeological field projects. She was honored for her outstanding work in historic preservation, receiving the 2011 U.S. Forest Service Region 5 Windows on the Past Award. In addition to her passion for archaeology and science in general, she was an avid backpacker. She also loved anything having to do with space exploration, and her favorite cable channel was the NASA channel.
Krista is survived by her spouse, Valerie Hendon; mother, Glenda Gibbs; father, LaMarr Deal and wife, Barbara; and sisters, Kerry Deal and Karla Deal. She is also survived by nephews, Kris Koehler and wife, Sarah, and Kody Koehler and wife, Stephanie; great-niece, Sophia Koehler; an aunt, Delores Ryan; cousins, Michael Ryan and wife, Erika, and Bob Ryan and wife, Stephanie, and their families; and step-sister, Angela Cox and her sons, Cade and Corbin Cox.
A memorial service, entitled "Krista's Celebration of Life, the Universe, and Every Little Thing," will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Avenue in Placerville, Calif. Before her death, Krista asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to any of the following organizations, which she supported for decades: Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Alliance, Doctors Without Borders, Cherokee National Historical Society, National Center for Lesbian Rights, American Friends Service Committee, and Friends Committee on National Legislation.