South Tahoe woman dies in kayaking accident

Susan Marie Kaiser of South Lake Tahoe died Aug. 29 in a kayaking accident on the North Fork of the Feather River. She was 37.

Kaiser was the fire and fuels coordinator for Lake Valley Fire Protection District for the past two years. Prior to that she worked for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Kaiser was on the water with friends when her foot apparently got stuck under a rock. By the time she was pulled to shore, life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.

Susan Marie Kaiser

Susan Marie Kaiser

Being on the water was a big part of Kaiser’s life. Last December she and 13 others spent 25 days rafting the Colorado River.

The fire department is having full honors for Kaiser on Sept. 4 at 9am at Tahoe Paradise Park. This is the first time Lake Valley has lost an active member of its staff. She was considered the face of fuels reduction and was well known in the fire community.

Kaiser was also on the board of the Sugar Pine Foundation.

“Susie had worked for years on fire and forestry related issues in the Tahoe basin. She had contact with thousands of homeowners over the years and was widely known and loved,” said John Pickett of the Sugar Pine Foundation. “This is a real tragedy and she will be missed by many.”

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Comments (4)
  1. Lisa Huard says - Posted: September 2, 2010

    My prayers go out to her entire family.

  2. Julie Threewit says - Posted: September 2, 2010

    Susie was the best of us. It was an honor to be part of the CO River trip with her last year. She taught me so much and made me laugh so hard. We’ll miss Susie and honor her love of the water and Tahoe by playing with the same joy she always displayed.

  3. Laurie says - Posted: September 2, 2010

    When I spoke with some friends at LVFPD the other day they were in shock and grief as we all are at the death of their comrade and friend. She was a great asset to the safety of our community and the Sugar Pine Foundation as well. Tragic loss!!!

  4. Mick Clarke says - Posted: September 6, 2010

    We’ve lost yet another in our Tahoe family….you will be missed.