Longtime Colorado resident Arthur Miller "Art" Field, 89, passed away from complications of a stroke on Jan. 25, 2013, while wintering in Tyler, Texas.
Born in Natchez, Miss., on Nov. 19, 1923, to Bertram and Mabel Field, he left his childhood home in Clarksdale, Miss., after high school to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Art served as a lieutenant during World War II, both as a pilot and flight instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corps, returning to graduate from Georgia Tech in mechanical engineering in 1948. He married his true love, Gertrude "Trudi" Palmer, on July 31, 1948. Art's work with Mobil Oil as a geophysicist took him and his family all over Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Alaska and, finally, Colorado, where he retired in 1985.
Art loved Colorado - he hiked all the "fourteeners," tended his beautiful flower garden, biked Colorado's trails, participated annually in the Ride the Rockies and the Triple Bypass biking events, and cross-country and downhill skied all winter. He was a brilliant man who enjoyed lively discussions on many topics and was a true Southern gentleman, inspired and cherished by all who knew and met him.
He is survived by his wife, Trudi, of 64 years; his son James Howard Field of Carbondale, his daughter Pamela (Field) Strickland of Palmer, Alaska, and her husband, Daniel Strickland; and grandsons Lukas (and wife AdriAnne), Eirin, Dunedin and Auberin. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bertram, of Clarksdale, Miss.
A family memorial service is planned for late summer in Alaska. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.
Published in Canyon Courier from Feb. 6 to Feb. 12, 2013