LETTER: Goodbye to a friend and colleague

Michelle Kennedy
The Daily Times


One of my very best friends and colleagues of 30 years, Rocky Wasson, passed from this life way too soon. He was only 68. I was fortunate enough to have had him in my life not only as a great friend but also as fellow believer of Christ, always reading his bible.

We both worked for San Juan County. Rocky held a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and was an asset to the county and a great teacher to me and others. He was the county finance director and then county treasurer from 2005-2012.

While at the county he participated in and served on local and state boards some of which are, Southwest Kidney Support Group, San Juan United Way, Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, Leadership New Mexico and the Four Corners Federated Republican Women. Serving on these boards was not for prestige or recognition but for the better of his community. He cared deeply for others and desired to make a difference for them. Rocky himself was a kidney transplant recipient in the 1970's and had outlived most of his fellow recipients from his group.

He greatly admired Kim Carpenter and his work as CEO of our county through the good times and the rough ones. He also respected and admired his fellow elected officials and other public servants of the county. He was a man of honesty and the utmost integrity. He served the taxpayers well and was always very prudent with their time and money. He made some great friends throughout the years and enjoyed visiting with them, laughing and joking. Back in the day, we dressed up A LOT for Halloween and went all out for county Christmas decorating contests. He was a hippie picketing the county commission meetings or a traffic cop at Christmas time with Frosty. He would peruse the halls pretty much on a daily basis and I think it was the Assessor's Office that gave him an official "Hall Monitor" badge. He truly loved the people he worked with. We were more like family than co-workers. They also cared deeply for him. When our retirement day came at the end of 2012 the last group of ladies he worked with threw us a huge party and gave him a beautiful picture collage quilt. Thank you ladies. He was so very grateful and humbled.