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Deeth leaves Banks chamber behind


Volunteer will still chair planning commission, direct historical society

DEETHAfter helping establish the Banks Chamber of Commerce and serving as its volunteer administrator almost two decades, Ray Deeth is retiring effective Monday, July 1.

Deeth moved to Banks in 1990 after he retired from what he describes as a more than 30-year position as a communications officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Once in Washington County, he operated a small telecommunications business and got together with Denise Dethlefs of Bighorn Logging in Banks to organize what was then called the Banks Area Merchants Association.

“I think 20 years is enough,” said Deeth. “There are just a lot of things I can’t do anymore. I can’t do what I used to do.”

Deeth, 78, said he’s going to take his doctor’s advice and relax a little more.

“I want some other people to get involved now and take it over,” he said.

But Deeth won’t be at a loss for things to do. He’ll still be there to help a new chamber administrator and maintain the organization’s website. He’ll also serve as chairman of the Banks Planning Commission and director of the Banks Historical Society.

Still, “it’s hard to leave,” he said. “It was a good learning experience and was rewarding.”