Longtime Routt and Moffat County resident Franklin L. "Pud" Stetson died July 6, 2009.
He was 49.
Pud grew up in Steamboat Springs, graduating from Steamboat Springs High School in 1978. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Pud participated in 4-H, Steamboat Springs' Fourth of July rodeos and worked on the family ranch at Oak Creek. He loved to hunt, work cattle and put up hay.
Pud was married to Jean Brown Stetson in 1980, and their two children are Frankie and Libby Stetson.
In addition to ranching, Pud built a successful CPA practice first in Steamboat, and then in Craig, doing bookkeeping, financial planning and tax preparation.
Pud served on the Yampa Valley Electric Board from 2002 to present. He also served on the Moffat County Fair Board.
He was president of the Moffat County Cattlemen and most recently was the treasurer of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association for the past nine years.
Pud had been elected to serve as vice president of the Colorado Cattlemen's Foundation for this coming year.
Pud is survived by his parents, Frank and Eileen Stetson; wife Jean Stetson; children Frankie and Libby Stetson; and his siblings, Laura Woods, Jolene Linke and Jay Stetson.
He also is survived by seven nieces and nephews and four great nieces.
His family has lost a son, husband, father, brother, uncle, and the community has lost a trusted and reputable accountant, a loyal friend, and a man who knew the value of giving back.
His family will miss him and will love him forever.