Carolyn Decker (1947 – 2011)

Carolyn Decker died on the morning of September 5, 2011 after a battle with a rare cancer.

Carolyn was the mother of ski jumper Chris Decker and when Chris committed to ski jumping, the family moved from New Jersey to the North Country, where Carolyn quietly did many things in support of the sport. In anticipation of the 2002 Olympics, the Deckers established a home in Park City where for several years after the games, they generously welcomed Eastern jumpers training or competing at the Olympic facility.

Larry Stone, Eastern Coach during the Decker years, emphasizes how generous Carolyn and husband Bill were to our ski jumping program and how Carolyn, like Marianne Fairall, imbued all of us with her positive and cheerful attitude towards life and sport. She carried this amazing spirit right through to the end and kept smiling right through the struggle with her illness. Their generosity gave the Eastern teams of those years a base of operations in Park City which was a great advantage for us and allowed parents and ski jumpers a little leeway in a sport which can cost a great deal to pursue on a national level.

Condolences can be sent to The William Decker family, 24 Nordic Way, Saranac Lake , NY 12983. Friends wishing to remember Carolyn may make memorial contributions to Ocular Melanoma Foundation in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.

There will be a celebration of her life Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Lake Placid Lodge. All are welcome.

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