Former Durango resident Richard Allan Jagoda died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Black Forest, where he had made his home for the last 55 years. He was 77.
Known as “Dick,” he was born to Edith and Lt. Col. Stanley Jagoda on Dec. 2, 1935, in Colorado Springs. He graduated from Colorado Springs High School (Palmer High), and served a short term in the Coast Guard.
Mr. Jagoda earned a degree in education from Colorado State University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He also did graduate work at Western State College in Gunnison.
For two years in the 1960s, he taught art at Durango High School and later Wasson High School in Colorado Springs.
He loved the outdoors and was a teacher in the first ski school in Breckenridge. His dogs through the years, Falcon, Spooky and Belle, were always with him on his many fishing excursions. In his spare time, he and his lifelong partner, Betty Griffin, spent many years renovating and attaining National Historic Register status for the Folsom Hotel in Folsom, N.M.
When he wasn’t fishing, he was busy working as a professional artist and large-scale sculptor, which was his passion, his family said. His work appeared in many notable shows and galleries across Colorado, including in Durango, where he also participated in the Gallery Walk.
His notable achievements include the large-scale steel sculptures “Grizz II” and “Bison,” on display in medians of downtown Colorado Springs and “Ullr,” the Norse god of winter, in Breckenridge. His “Elk” was installed at a private residence in Black Forest and the red iron bear, “Red Bear,” was sold to a bank in Germany.
Mr. Jagoda also was an accomplished flint-knapper and provided illustration for flint-knapping books by his friend, author Bob Patten.
Mr. Jagoda is survived by his partner, Betty A. Griffin; her daughter and son, Barbara A. McCall and Brett A. Griffin, both of Durango; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for spring.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Science, 1601 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1601.