Year inducted: 2018
Bechtle started with ski patrol as a member of the San Jose and Sierra Crest Metropolitan ski patrols, then offered himself up as a patroller to the new Homewood Mountain Resort in 1963. He served as patrol director at Homewood from 1970-74 and 1992-94
Becthle was very involved with the Certified Program, and was also an instructor and instructor trainer in the Eastern Sierra and Mother Lode regions. He was named Homewood Outstanding Patroller in 1973 and 1992.
He received National Appointment Number 4360 in 1974, earned two Green Merit Stars and a Gold Merit Star, and in 1993 received the NSP Distinguished Service Award.