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Requiescat in Pace

Another good friend and long-time FWCR resident is no more


We have known Scott and Lynne for more than 20 years and have become good friends. Scott was an outgoing and friendly person with a quirky kind of humor. We always competed who could come up with a more non sequitur statement. During my time as board president, he was the official timekeeper who was tasked to keep our presentations below the allowed two minutes each, a job which he was able to perfectly enforce.


I found a few pictures which show Scott’s character


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Scott was always willing to get into a hole for the benefit of FWCR. He is digging here a cistern to be used by the voluntary FWCR fire department



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Scott and Lynne loved to act in “shoot-outs”. One of our neighbors threw a party once a year for all FWCR residents. Scott just came back from a shoot-out (which he survived, as you can see) and did not have time to change his costume. Here he points out how many opponents he shot this time




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His attempt to imitate a tough mafia boss was not very successful. He was just too nice a guy



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Scott was an entertaining and generous host.



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Scott, we’ll miss you



Some emails:

From: Leslie Neldner <>
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2022 1:39 PM
To:; 'Ruth Hammel' <>
Subject: RE: Scott

Good afternoon, 

Thank you for letting us know.  My heart aches for his loss and for Lynne and their family.   We have many happy memories in Wagoncreek with them.  He will be missed.  Scott was a very kind person.  

Leslie and Bruce



Date: 3/31/22 10:34 PM (GMT-07:00)

To: Leslie Neldner <>, 'Ruth Hammel' <>

Subject: Scott

As per Lynne’s email Scott has passed quietly on Wednesday morning.





I just received the following e-mail. Any one interested in having trees replanted on their property please contact Evan directly.

From: Evan Reimondo <>
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2022 10:14 AM
Subject: Replanting forest burned in Spring Creek Fire


Hi Max and Helga, 

My name is Evan Reimondo and I work for a nonprofit called EcoCulture Reforestation based out of Flagstaff, AZ. I found your website through the FWCR website. We are working with a funding partner to reforest private lands burned in the Spring Creek wildfire. The trees and their planting come free to landowners by way of a carbon agreement with our funding partner that let's them claim the carbon sequestered by the planted trees over time.


We planted 154,000 seedlings on 618 acres of common lands in the neighboring Forbes Park LOA in 2021 and we have another 730 acres under contract for 2022. We are growing enough seedlings this winter to replant an additional 650 acres and we’re seeking more landowners to fill out the 2022 planting season. I reached out to the FWCR board director Ed Alvarez but haven't heard back- I'm not sure how active everyone is through the winter season. I'm writing to see if you or any other property owners might be interested in replanting burned forest. I’m happy to share more details if you'd like to learn more. My cell phone number is 716-517-0506, and please feel free to call anytime if that’s easier.


Here is our website if you’d like to see more of what we do:







We received the following information


De mortuis absentibusque nihil nisi bene

Andrew Joseph Espinoza, Sr.

Life-long valley resident, Andrew Joseph Espinoza, Sr. 43, was called home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 after a courageous battle with Covid-19. Born May 27, 1977 in Alamosa, Colo. to Luther Leroy Espinoza and Darlene Seneida (Gomez) Jimenez, Andy never met a stranger, and dedicated his life to helping the residents of the San Luis Valley.

Andy gave many years to working as an EMT-Intermediate on Alamosa EMS, and after that, offered another 16 years to law enforcement, including working under numerous sheriffs, and also as the Undersheriff of Costilla County.  During this time, Andy was also active on the Costilla County Ambulance Board, and the Tu Casa board, among many others.

Aside from serving his community, Andy enjoyed hunting for elk and mule deer in the mountains, fishing anywhere he could catch a fish, working on any of his various project cars, and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his time branding cattle in Canjilon, NM with his friend Gerald Garcia.

Andrew is survived by his loving wife Sara Loggin, his children, Andrew Jr., Evander, Ryan, and step-daughter Shawnacy Martinez, his mother Darlene as well as his siblings, Jerry, Leroy (Matthew), Julia, and Krissy; his Godchildre