|Dusty Richards presenting Vivian Zabel with award at 2011 OWFI Conference|
Dusty Richards -- the resident OWFI, Arkansas, and national cowboy author and winner of multiple Spur awards -- died Thursday, January 18, following complications suffered in an auto accident a weeks previous. His ever present and supportive wife Pat, with him in the accident, passed last week.
Dusty and Pat will be missed, but at least they are together as they always were in life.
I work with words everyday, whether writing or editing or reading, yet I have trouble finding the words needed to give tribute to this legend of the writing world. He mentored many authors, including me. He attended conferences and workshops in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, sharing his wisdom and encouragement. We all lost when Dusty Richards left this life.
Everyone who knew Dusty has stories to tell. My favorite memories of him are of his handing out awards during the Saturday banquet at Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. (OWFI) conferences. He enjoyed participating as much as those who received honors did.
A talented western writer, Dusty won many awards and got to see one of his novels made into a movie. He gave the cowboy stamp to everything he wrote, bringing the words to life and giving readers a glimpse into yesteryear.
Although Dusty wasn't connected to 4RV Publishing, he connected to many of us associated with the company. His death leaves a hole in our lives and in our hearts. Using the words of another well-known and beloved cowboy, Happy trails to you, Dusty Richards from all of us at 4RV.