Mr. Hillerman is one of my favorite authors from my teen years. I think I first discovered his Leaphorn and Chee series in 1991, and over the course of two years, I read everything he'd written up to that point.
He inspired in me a fascination with the Southwest, an area I had never before visited. His words filled my head, and I still remember his Leaphorn and Chee books with fondness when I'm in that area, which is frequently.
Thank you, Mr. Hillerman, for the many hours I spent in the world you created!