Richard M. Jewell


Richard M. Jewell
Richard M. Jewell passed away in his sleep at his home in Pagosa Springs, Colo., on Sunday, March 12, from complications with pneumonia and is finally at peace after over a decade of battling Parkinson’s.
He is survived by his wife, Roxane; two children, Caitlyn and John; his sister, Barbara, her husband, John, and nephew Ryan Clavette; as well as other amazing aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earle and Eileen Jewell; and his uncles, Robert Jewell and Norm Stelling.
Rick was born on Feb. 8, 1951, in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in the woods of New Hampshire. Rick fell in love with the outdoors and later became a forester for the USDA Forest Service for over 36 years. Just like the John Denver song, “Rocky Mountain High,” he moved to Colorado his 27th year and never looked back. Aside from his career, Rick enjoyed the outdoors by skiing, camping, running and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. As a sports enthusiast, he enjoyed playing in the adult soccer and hockey leagues in Pagosa Springs and Durango and loved following his children’s sports career. Before his illness, Rick was very involved in community service. After retiring, Rick pursued his love of painting and woodworking. He started his small business Lone Tree Lamps; creating lamps and paintings which, like himself, were true, one-of-a-kind, Jewells.
As Rick has chosen cremation, a memorial service will be held in Creede, Colo., on July 15 at 11 a.m., at the Creede Community Church. Memorial contributions may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank by simply asking to donate to the Rick Jewell Memorial Fund. Checks made out to Rick Jewell Memorial Fund can be sent directly to Wells Fargo at 50 Harman Park Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Art was one of the greatest joys in Rick’s life and helped him to gracefully handle his journey with Parkinson’s. It is his and his family’s wish for these memorial funds to go toward a scholarship supporting an art student or an art program.