HILLSBORO, Ore. -- John Benton, 62, a past board member of Richland's Inter-Mountain Alpine Club, died Sunday in a motorcycle accident on Highway 219 west of Portland.
"He died doing what he enjoyed," Jim Langdon wrote Monday in an email to club members.
Benton, who had moved to St. Helens, Ore., crashed into a tree, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro.
He was riding from Newberg over Chehalem Mountain at the end of a group of five motorcyclists.
During a windy stretch of road, he missed a corner, went off a 10-foot embankment and struck a tree.
The group called the incident in at 2:07 p.m. and reported Benton was not breathing and did not have a pulse. He was confirmed dead at 2:31 p.m.
"Brad joined I-MAC in 2000," Langdon wrote. "He helped us by leading many hikes and being on the board of directors for five years in posts such as vice president, secretary and director at large."
Langdon said Benton and his wife, Desir, moved from Richland in 2005 for employment in the Portland area. Langdon said his friend leaves behind two grown children, a son who lives in Pasco, and a daughter in Hillsboro.
Services have not yet been scheduled, Langdon said.