SPOKANE, Wash. — A memorial was held Friday for Spokane Climber Jess Roskelley, who died in an avalanche in Alberta's Banff National Park in April.

A celebration of life took place at 3 p.m. Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater. A reception followed at the Washington Cracker Building.  

The event was open to the public. 

Roskelley's wife, Allison, spoke at the event around 4:45 p.m. She told the crowd his number one priority was always to come home, and while he died in the mountains, he lived for their family. 

"There wasn't a day that you didn't make me laugh," she said during her eulogy.

Parks Canada found the bodies of world-renowned climbers Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer on April 21. The three were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak on the Icefields Parkway in Canada on April 16. Authorities said they got caught in an avalanche during the climb.

National Geographic calls Roskelley one of the most accomplished climbers of his generation. In 2003, the then-20-year-old became the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.

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