Dear Editor:

Early Friday morning, Aug. 23, I received word that a very good friend and one of Pagosa Springs’ true assets had passed away in the Medical Center Hospital after a very brief and unexpected illness. Claude Arnold was a longtime resident of Pagosa Springs, along with his wife Kay. Red, as he was affectionately known by family and friends, was one of the purest, kind-hearted souls that ever walked the face of this earth. He was a quiet, unassuming common man, with uncommon qualities. He spoke no unkind words of any individual and was a friend to all he met. There are only a few people in one’s life that can be called a true friend, and Red was one of those exceptional folks. He loved Pagosa and the beautiful mountains that greeted him each day as he viewed them across Lake Pagosa from the back deck of his home. I’ve heard him say a hundred times, “How blessed am I to live in such a beautiful place.”  Rest in peace, my good friend. You will be sorely missed by family and all of your lifelong friends, especially me. My life has been blessed and touched in a very special way by having had you as a part of it, and you will be a part of my heart for as long as it beats.

Roy K. Boutwell

Wichita Falls, Texas

This story was posted on August 29, 2013.