Hector Bedolla-Zarate wasn’t afraid of putting his body on the line.

A goalie who worked his way up to becoming an all-conference defensive player on the Jackson Hole High School soccer team and, later, the Chivas team’s goalie in La Liga, Jackson Hole’s adult football league, Bedolla-Zarate was the kind of guy who could send the opposing team’s defenders scrambling when he drove at them. He was big, but also compassionate, and always there for his teammates. Plus, he was “selfless,” friends said.

Hector Bedolla-Zarate

Hector Bedolla-Zarate as a senior in 2018 at Jackson Hole High School.

King’s Wave Drowning

Fire Chief Brady Hansen listens to the radio Monday evening after responding to a presumed drowning on the Snake River near King’s Wave.

King’s Wave Drowning

Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers respond to a call on the Snake River on Monday evening near King’s Wave where a 22-year-old man died.

Hector Bedolla

Hector Bedolla-Zarate was an avid soccer player, a mechanic and a devoted friend to those who knew him well. He was a big guy, but a “gentle giant,” his friend Silas Wotkyns said.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7067 or environmental@jhnewsandguide.com.

Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.

Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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