August 26, 1996
National Park Service
Accidental: Vehicle Accident
At approximately 9:30 p.m., Ranger Michael A. Beaulieu was responding to the report of a wildfire near the Agua Canyon viewpoint in Bryce Canyon National Park. At milepost 11.8 on Route 10, he failed to negotiate a curve on a rain-slick road. The vehicle left the road, sheered a large tree, and continued rolling down an embankment. Although both airbags deployed and Ranger Beaulieu was wearing a seatbelt, he suffered a massive head injury and died instantly. The crash was discovered approximately 45 minutes later by campers, who summoned authorities. Ranger Beaulieu was survived by his parents and a daughter.
The bronze memorial name plaque of Ranger Michael A. Beaulieu is sponsored by Clearfield Police Chief Jim Schilling and Cheryl Schilling.