Family plans brief ceremony for Coyner

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of Wes Coyner, a former chief of staff under Gov. Bill Egan who died during a marathon event at the age of 74, plans to spread his ashes along his favorite hiking trail in Juneau.

Coyner was a former political lobbyist and racketball club professional who died Sunday while competing in the 2002 Duathlon National Championship in Carlsbad, Calif.

Coyner, who had won the event in his age group three previous times, died while nearing the finish line. A spokeswoman with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said Coyner died of congestive heart failure.

His family plans to hike Thursday to Granite Creek Basin, off the Perseverance Trail, to spread Coyner's ashes.

The family will hold a brief ceremony at Granite Creek Basin at about 3 p.m.

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