Longtime Routt and Moffat County resident Franklin L. "Pud" Stetson died July 6, 2009, at age 49. He was born Jan. 29, 1960, in Kremmling, to Frank and Eileen Stetson.
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 and Steamboat's Fourth of July rodeos, and he worked on the family ranch in Oak Creek. He loved to hunt, work cattle and put up hay. Pud married Jean Brown in 1980, and they have two children, Frankie and Libby Stetson.
In addition to ranching, Pud built a successful CPA practice, first in Steamboat, then later in Craig. Pud served on the Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors from 2002 until his death. He also served on the Moffat County Fair Board, was president of the Moffat County Cattlemen and served as treasurer of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association for nine years. This year, Pud had been elected to serve as vice president of the Colorado Cattlemen's Foundation.
Pud is survived by his parents, Frank and Eileen Stetson; his wife, Jean; and children Frankie and Libby. His siblings are Laura (Bill) Woods, Jolene (Trey) Linke and Jay Stetson. He also is survived by seven nieces and nephews and four great-nieces.
A funeral was July 11 in Craig with burial the next day in the Oak Creek Cemetery.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a trusted and reputable accountant, a loyal friend and a man who knew the value of giving back to his community. We miss you, and we will love you forever.