Russel D. ‘The Viking’ Anderson

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Russel D. “The Viking” Anderson died Friday, May 11, 2012, after suffering a cerebrovascular accident. He was 67.

Mr. Anderson was born November 30, 1945, in Richfield, Utah, to Chester and Wanda Anderson. He grew up in Richfield.

In 1966, he married Muriel Lee LaFon in Santa Barbara, Calif. The couple moved to Pagosa Springs in the early 1970s and raised a family.

Mr. Anderson was a prospector, a miner, and a Southwest artist. One of his favorite mantras was “La mina perdida de la ventana,” which means “the lost window rock mine,” his family said.

He was “one crazy old man,” his son Ira Anderson said.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson’s family said the couple were wonderful life partners who were active dancers and traveled the country, especially to be close to family.

Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Muriel Lee Anderson, on Thursday, May 10, 2012, only one day before he died. His family said he died because of “stress and a broken heart.”

Mr. Anderson is survived by his children Neil and James Anderson, both of Durango, Earl Anderson of St. George, Utah, Ira Anderson of Vernon, Utah, and Wanda Anderson of Graford, Texas; mother Wanda Anderson of Las Vegas; brothers Gordon and Ronnie Anderson, both of Las Vegas; as well as 20 grandchildren and one great grandson.

Cremation will occur. A private family scattering service for both Mr. and Mrs. Anderson will be held this week in Pagosa Springs at the gate of Black Mountain Road to Pagosa Peak.