Soldotna has lost a great man who should never be forgotten.
Richard Redford was one of my best friends growing up in Soldotna, but it's easy to say that there are many who could say the same about him. I was also blessed to have him as my roommate for five years at Northern Arizona University (1982-1987).
Richard was a young man who didn't have a mean bone in his whole body. You would be hard pressed to find a person who had one bad thing to say about him; they would most likely tell how much they liked him and even more loved him.
Richard was in the first class to graduate from Soldotna High School in 1981. He was the kind of student that any parent would be proud to call their own. He was one of the tops academically and athletically and was a great role model for the under classmen. His dad, Morris, was one of the dads who played a big part in getting the indoor ice rink to Soldotna, knowing that his own son would finish his high school career on the outdoor ice.
My challenge is to anyone from Soldotna High to take the time and find some way to remember Richard. I would like for there to be something at SoHi, that future students know that there was a great young man who walked the same halls and was proud to be a Star. Richard's' death has reminded me to live my life so that he would be proud of me, to live it for others, to serve God and your family and to never take the blessings you have lightly.
To his family, I'm very sorry I could not be there for you in your time of need. When I lost my father back in 1986, Richard was there for me. To his daughter, when you have grown up and would love to hear some great stories about your dad, I'm there for you.
Craig Lucas , Soldotna Class of 1982, Odessa, Texas
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