Submitted by Frontera Board Member Maurie Haas –
Frontera Audubon extends its condolences to the family of Dick Heller, who recently passed away in Weslaco. Dick was a retired newspaper editor from Decatur, Indiana, but when he arrived in the Rio Grande Valley he became a devoted birder and nature lover. Anyone who ever had the privilege of going out birding with Dick will remember his deep hearty laugh, his relentless pursuit of basically any species with feathers, and his sincere enthusiasm and excitement when he found whatever bird he was looking for. He never went anywhere without a huge jug of iced tea beside him on the car seat. He was a man with a quick wit, interesting politics, and a keen interest in and knowledge of the world around him. He also had a big heart and a willingness to give freely of his time and resources to the causes in which he believed . He served on the Frontera Board of Directors for several years and also served as president for a year. He brought a businessman’s perspective to the board and helped guide Frontera ‘s growth and direction during an exciting time in its history. There are probably a lot of folks reading this who have a “Dick Heller Story” ready for the telling. Rest in peace, Dick.