Obituary: Richard Allan Jagoda |

Obituary: Richard Allan Jagoda

Richard Allan Jagoda passed away on Feb. 12, in Black Forest, where he has made his home for his last 55 years. He died of natural causes.

Richard (Dick) was born in Colorado Springs on Dec. 2, 1935. His parents were Lt. Col. Stanley and Edith Jagoda. He graduated from Colorado Springs High School (Palmer High), and served a short term in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He attended Colorado State University with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and graduated with a degree in education. He furthered his education with post-graduate work at Western State College in Gunnison. He went on to teach art to students for two years in Durango at Durango High School, and later Wasson High School in Colorado Springs. He loved the outdoors and served on the first ski school in Breckenridge. His beloved dogs over the years, Falcon, Spooky and Belle, were individually always with him on his many fishing excursions.

In his spare time, he and his lifelong partner, Betty Griffin, spent many years structurally 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 throughout his life. His work has appeared in many notable shows and galleries all over the state of Colorado. His notable achievements include the large-scale steel sculptures, “Grizz II” and “Bison,” on display in the 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. Richard was also an accomplished flint-knapper and provided illustration for flint-knapping books by his friend and author, Bob Patten.

Richard is survived by his partner, Betty A. Griffin and her daughter and son, Barbara A. McCall and Brett A. Griffin, both of Durango. Grandchildren include Mitchell R. Carter and Katelin A. Carter, also of Durango, and Paul Johnson of Germany. Richard is also survived by cousins Kay McInnes in Breckenridge and Kevin Cornell in Honolulu, Hawaii. A memorial service to spread his ashes and celebrate his life is planned for the springtime. Donations in his name can be made to the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Science.

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