SALINA — A doctor who practiced medicine in Salina before moving to Arizona died in a rock climbing accident July 13.
Dr. Garon Coriz, 33, was climbing in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico when the accident occurred, reports the Albuquerque Journal. Coriz was an experienced rock climber who had traveled to Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, South Africa, Italy and Austria to pursue the hobby. He was near the top of a ledge when something went wrong and he fell approximately 160 feet to his death.
Coriz used his position as a doctor to help fight the opioid abuse and addiction in Sevier County. He advocated for the use of medications and counseling to help people trapped in an opioid addiction cycle.
“It’s like we’re at war in our own country, and it’s getting worse,” Coriz said of the opioid epidemic.
Coriz was also an outspoken advocate for Indian rights and a critic of attempts to cut the size of the Bears Ears National Monument, according to the Albuquerque Journal. He also served as the Sevier County Democratic Party chair.