Michael Jacobs Award


Karen Byerley Kazan

May 27, 1959 - January 15, 1994

“...always ready for work or play and a good hand at either.”

John Wesley Powell

   By unanimous vote, the Board of Directors presented the Michael Jacobs Award to Karen Byerley Kazan at the GCRG Spring meeting. Accepting the award was her father Jay Byerley. Karen was the boatman’s boatman. Always cheerful and professional, Karen’s energy for the folks on her trips, antics with the crew, or helping anyone along the way never seemed to wane over the years. She stood out. She was dedicated. She loved the river and its community. She loved the Canyon and all it gave her and offered to others. Her leadership was quiet. She lead by example and inspiration. She was the kind of person her trip leader turned to, to spearhead the extrication of a boat that got stuck in the corner pocket in Lava. She was a natural.

   We will miss you lovely lady.

   A life sized bronze of Karen rowing through a wave has been commissioned. It will most likely be dedicated and placed at Marble Canyon.

   Contributions are welcome c/o:

   Karen Kazan Memorial Fund
   9823 Branding Iron Drive
   Sun City, AZ 85351