Former Stagg athlete killed in skiing accident
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com February 12, 2013 3:28PM
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:32AM
For much of his life, Art Glaz looked up to his older brother Dan.
Both were All-State cross country runners at Stagg High School in Palos Hills.
“He tried to emulate my life and set his goals accordingly,” Dan Glaz said Tuesday. “But recently, the tables had turned. I looked up to him.”
Air Force Lt. Art Glaz, 27, formerly of Palos Hills, had been tapped to become a captain, and planned to make a career in the Air Force, his brother said.
But Art was killed Friday while skiing in Colorado with friends from Chicago.
“We’ve been skiing since we were kids,” Dan said.
On Friday, Art was on an intermediate run, going rather fast, when his ski came off. He flew off to the side and struck a tree, Dan said.
According to the Summit County Coroner, Art died from blunt force trauma injuries suffered when he collided with the tree on the intermediate “Porcupine” trail at the Keystone Ski Resort about 3 p.m. He was wearing a helmet, the coroner said.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where Art was stationed.
Local visitation will be from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home, 7861 S. 88th Ave., Justice. A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.
In addition to his parents, brother and sister, Art is survived by his wife Natalie.
Stagg athletic director Bob Fabrizio said Art and his siblings all were outstanding athletes. Art earned letters in track and cross country and captured All-State honors when he finished in sixth place in the 3,200-meter run at the state track meet in 2004.
Dan had earned first place in 2001 and third place in 2000 in the same event, and also was an All-State cross country runner. Their sister Annette was All-State in cross country in 2006.
“They were all very, very nice people, excellent students and very dedicated athletes,” Fabrizio said. “They were certainly important to the community.”
Lauren Royer, Art’s former classmate and now the boys volleyball coach at Stagg, remembered Art as an “awesome person, extremely hardworking and dedicated student-athlete.
“He had a really friendly, outgoing personality,” she said. “He will be missed.”
Art was a vehicle management flight commander with the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron, according to the military.com website.
“First Lt. Glaz was a great officer, airman and husband,” Col. Ken Ekman, 49th Wing vice commander, said in a news release on that website. “Team Holloman is so saddened by this tragic loss of one of our best.”