Randy and Cindy Looper were named the Citizens of the Year on Tuesday during the State of the County: An Inside Look at Moffat County. Nominating committee members said the duo does a lot in the area, mostly behind the scenes.

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Randy and Cindy Looper were named the Citizens of the Year on Tuesday during the State of the County: An Inside Look at Moffat County. Nominating committee members said the duo does a lot in the area, mostly behind the scenes.

Two halves

Couple honored with Citizen of the Year award

— Two halves of the same person.

It's how Randy and Cindy Looper described their long-term relationship.

"Together, we're a stronger person than we are as individuals," Cindy said.

The husband-and-wife team co-own Elk Run Inn and volunteer at various groups and organizations in their free time - what free time they have, they said.

Together, they were honored as the KRAI and Craig Daily Press Citizens of the Year at the second annual State of the County event Tuesday night.

It was a turn of events neither of them expected.

"Yes, we do things, but there are people who do a lot more than we do," Randy said.

Randy is a performer in the local Black Mountain Theater - one who prefers to confine his speeches to the theatrical stage and who tries to avoid the spotlight, Cindy said.

Staying true to character, Randy deferred much of the credit to his wife.

"I think (Cindy) deserves it," he said, adding that Cindy's work with MCTA often places her in the line of visibility.

Cindy said she wasn't expecting the award, either.

The couple's "exceptional volunteerism" - mainly completed behind the scenes - stood out to nominating committee member Frank Hanel, KRAI and 55 Country owner and general manager.

"They do so much, both individually and as a team," he said.

The Loopers were married 25 years ago. They moved to Craig four years ago and became involved in the community soon after, Cindy said.

Randy and Cindy have two children enrolled in area schools. Kellie is a Moffat County High School freshman while Jeremy is a second-grader at Ridgeview Elementary School.

Between raising their children and running their business, they made time for volunteer activities.

Randy joined the Craig Rotary Club, transferring his membership from a Rotary Club in their former home in Iowa. This is his 14th year as a Rotary Club member.

Those last four years in Craig weren't idle.

He's served as the group's president for the past two years and will take over the treasurer's position in July when his presidential term ends.

Randy helped spearhead a project that places American flags along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue at least seven times a year.

During Randy's tenure, the club's Book Buddy program was extended to include second-graders in East, Ridgeview and Sunset Elementary Schools, and the number of its distribution days increased.

Although he's the two-time president of the Craig Rotary Club, he prefers the background to the limelight.

"I don't do social" functions, Randy said.

Instead, he sends Cindy as his emissary, she said.

How have the Loopers managed a 25-year marriage between an introvert and extrovert?

Easily.

"Opposites attract," Cindy said. "It works fine."

Cindy, as it turns out, is no stranger to volunteerism, either.

She'll put in her time to any endeavor she has a skill for, she said.

Currently, those activities include serving as a local Cub Scout den leader - the only non-business endeavor she shares with her husband.

She also devotes part of her time to the MCTA board, where she manages the group's finances.

The board's bylaws currently do not provide for an official treasurer, she said.

Her most recent accomplishment in that field includes updating the group's lodging and dining brochure, which is scheduled for release soon.

Her plate continues to fill.

Cindy also acts as a local Girl Scout club co-leader and recently took on the secretary position for the Craig Centennial Committee.

Cindy's motivation for taking on multiple responsibilities?

"It's something that interests me, and there's a need," she said.

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