In Memoriam

It is with profound sadness that Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. announces the passing of Sherri Gust, President and founder of Cogstone, who passed away unexpectedly on 14 November 2019 after a short illness. The entire Cogstone family mourns her loss. On behalf of our Executive Committee, the Cogstone management team, and our employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Sherri’s family; our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time.

Sherri founded Cogstone in 2001, and over 18 years built the company into a successful cultural resource management firm. Her decades of experience as an archaeologist, a paleontologist, and an osteologist were integral to Cogstone’s many accomplishments. With Sherri’s passing, Cogstone and the larger cultural resource management community have suffered a major loss.

Not withstanding this loss, Cogstone has in place an Executive Committee, trained to run the company upon Sherri’s anticipated retirement. Vice Presidents Desireé Martinez, MA, RPA; Molly Valasik, MA, RPA; Johna Hutira, BA,; and Kim Scott, MS; as well as Program Manager Eric Scott, MA, will be taking the helm. Cogstone remains fully committed to maintaining the leadership, community participation, and science excellence that was Sherri’s vision for Cogstone.

Sherri is survived by her son Forrest Langford, sister Nancy Gust, sister Tracy Azevedo (Mike), niece Sally Kanik (Paul), great-niece and great-nephews Haly Kanik, Joseph Kanik, and Andrew Kanik, and uncle Gary Owens (Marlene). Details about the memorial service for Sherri will be released as soon as they are available. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society (PCAS).

Donations to PCAS will go to a scholarship fund in Sherri’s name. Checks can be made out to PCAS with a memo for the Sherri Gust Scholarship Fund.

Mail checks to:


PO Box 10926

Costa Mesa, CA 92627