Somalski served as an Alpine Ski Patroller and was involved with the NSP on the divisional, regional and local levels. He began his association with ski patrolling in 1986, ultimately reaching Certified Patroller status in 1995. He was awarded Outstanding Administrative Patroller in 1997-98. He was was a Northern Michigan Region Section Chief, and was involved in testing and training for the organization for many years. His awards include three Yellow Merit stars and numerous Certificates of Appreciation. He received his National Appointment in 1997.
He served as ski coach for Essexville-Garber Ski Team for close to 10 years; and was involved in the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), achieving certification in all three levels.
Beyond his patrol duties, he was a principal of his family business, Bay Landscaping, for 30 years. He served on the Board of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, and also as its past President, and was on the Bay County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the American Cancer Society, 1480 W. Center Rd., Ste. 1, Essexville, MI 48732, for the pancreatic cancer research fund.
Updated 24 August 2012