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Nan Savage Healy

A message from Nan Savage Healy's Family - July 2018

We want to update you all on Nan's condition. As many of you know, she has been battling advanced ovarian cancer for seven years, and, unfortunately, we are at a point now where the cancer is taking over... She is being taken care of at home by her daughter, Kathryn, and son, Wil.

She wanted to share her gratitude for each and every one of you and the Desert Explorers as a whole. She began four-wheel driving in the 1990s with Bill and Dottie Mann, who welcomed her into their 4x4 family. Soon, she upgraded from her little Subaru-Forester-that-could to an X-Terra and became 'X-Terror' Nan! Eventually, the Desert Explorers became her 4x4 family, and she would often bring her children on trips from the time they were in elementary school to past college!

She developed wonderful friendships with her fellow Desert Explorers and always looked forward to the next trip. Thank you, all, for welcoming her into your group and into your lives. She holds her many wonderful memories of the Desert Explorers dear.

Any messages you would like to share with Nan can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and her family will make sure that she gets them. Thank you.

With warm regards,

Kathryn Savage


A tribute from Bob Jaussaud

Nan Savage Healy

The Desert Explorers is a uniquely diverse group. Each of our members contribute something special to the whole. None more so than Nan Savage. Her career and doctorate were in very different fields, but she loved exploring the desert. Her passing has left a huge hole. We were so lucky that she was a part of our group and that we had the opportunity to know her a bit.

I did not know Nan well but, as most of us probably have, I share some fun memories with her. My first recollection of Nan is on John Page’s Eureka Corridor Trip. This was Desert Bill days and every trip was an exploratory of sort. Nan showed up with her low-slung Subaru. It took a lot of doing and quite a bit of direction from John, but Nan made it! Not too long after that trip Nan traded in her Subaru for a legitimate 4x4. 

Nan was an accomplished 4x4 driver when she went on Jay’s spectacular trip through the El Paso Mountains. After a rugged drive, we camped unknowingly on the back side of a “no camping” sign. We had approached from the back on a little known road. When we finally discovered the sign, the decision was to move, but in the morning.

The last time I saw Nan was at the 2017 Desert Explorer Christmas Party at Allan and Ding’s beautiful home. At that time Nan told me that her cancer had flared up and she thought it might her last DE Christmas Party. Her wish was to enjoy the party and have some laughs.

I wish I could hear her laugh again.

~ Bob Jaussaud

Tribute to Charles Hughes

Chicken Nuggets and John Deere

Remembering Charles Hughes

By Bob Jaussaud

I just learned of Charles Hughes' death and it saddened me. We had some good times together and I choose to remember those. Some of you may recall that years ago, Sue and I had an old mobile home at our place on the Colorado River. It was old to begin with and it rapidly got a lot older with each party. It eventually got so dilapidated that Sue refused to stay in it. That is when Tom Church and I began our "wine and river" trips together. We amused ourselves by working on Harley Davidson and old car projects in the garage. Charles regularly joined us and Jim ProfÞt came out when he could. We thought the good times would never end.

Charles was a good chef and applied himself at our old mobile man cave. We ate very well. One time Charles decided to make chicken nuggets from scratch for dinner. I remember Charles coming up to the garage where I was working to tell me I had better get down to the mobile if I wanted any. It seems that Tom was eating them as fast as Charles could make them.

Another time we were working on the really old John Deere tractor that I had collected. It was so old that it didn't have an electric starter. One had to spin the giant ßywheel in hopes that it would fire up. I was not having any success. Charles suggested that we might try and tow it behind his brand new Hummer to see if it would start. Securely attached to the Hummer with a stout pull chain, the tractor did indeed start. In fact, it chugged along and was picking up speed. I didn't know which lever to pull to stop it. The tractor was headed straight for the back of the Hummer when Charles finally saw what was happening in his rear view mirror. He ßoored the Hummer and it sped ahead... until it reached the end of the chain. Thankfully, the tractor quit, to never run again, and we ground to a halt.

Now Tom, Jim and Charles are gone, but they are not forgotten.

Remembering Jerry Harada

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A tribute to Coop Cooper


I figure everybody who knew Coop is wishing they had more trips or talks or campfires with him.  Just an excellent guy.


Sue and I met Coop one cold night many years ago at the old Hard Luck Mine cabin. We shared stories, booze and a warm stove until the early hours. We are very saddened to learn of his passing.


Such a wonderful gentleman..  We will SO Miss him!


We were very fond of Coop and sorry too hear of his passing. We always looked forward to seeing him at our annual trip to the Rendezvous.  We will surely miss him.

Ted & Joan Berger

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In Memory of

  • Tom White 
  • Gene Olsen
  • Walt Wheelock
  • Tom Church
  • Bob Martin
  • Bill Ott - passed July 10, 2004
  • Bill "Shortfuse" Mann -Passed August 2006
  • Dwight Stroud - passed January 19, 2007
  • Lorene Crawford - Passed August 2009
  • Alan Romspert - Passed August 19, 2009
  • Don Putnam - November 5, 1916 to August 14, 2012
  • Jim Proffitt - March 21, 1941 to September 1, 2012
  • Reda Anderson - passed October 25, 2012
  • Rick Cords - May 1944 to February 1, 2014
  • "Sir" Bob Rodemeyer - December 1950 to November 11, 2014
  • John Fulton - July 5, 1937 to February 15, 2015
  • Marilyn Martin - November 19, 1929 -  June 20, 2015
  • John Page - passed September 8, 2015
  • Gary Preston - passed February 24, 2016
  • Ted Kalil - passed in 2016
  • Jerry Etchison - passed in December 2016
  • Jerry Harada - passed on August 6, 2017
  • Gene Stoops - passed on Sept 2, 2017
  • Graham "Coop" Cooper - March 31,1944 to November 22, 2017
  • Charles Hughes - passed on May 19,2018
  • Nan Healy Savage - passed on July 9, 2018
  • Maybelle Lipking - August 2,1925 to August 9, 2018
  • Dick Taylor 
  • Bob Bolin - passed in November 2019
  • Neal Johns - January 19, 1931 to December 27, 2019

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