Richard A. Kelly

Former Durango resident Richard A. Kelly died of spinal-cord disease Tuesday, June 2, 2012, in Albuquerque. He was 74.

Mr. Kelly was born to Patrick and Benedita Martinez Kelly on Dec. 24, 1937, in McNary, Ariz. He grew up in Durango off and on, graduating from Durango High School in the mid-1950s.

Mr. Kelly served in the Army and was stationed in Korea.

“He was very secretive about what he was doing or where he was,” his family said. “He never wrote, just called.”

He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Regis University in Denver in the early 1960s. Mr. Kelly earned a teaching degree and was fluent in several languages, his family said.

Mr. Kelly taught school in Norwood in the mid-1960s and had a career as a cook in the restaurant business.

He was an avid reader.

Mr. Kelly is survived by his sisters Elizabeth Gutierrez of Durango and Celina Lujan of Santa Fe; brother, Mike Kelly, of Delta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has occurred. His ashes were scattered in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico.