Loren Dale Mannon, July 30, 1952 -- Jan. 30, 2012
Loren Dale Mannon, 59, died in his home in Poteau, Okla., on Jan. 30, 2012, after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Loren graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Applied Agricultural Science in 1975. In Oklahoma City, for a time he was known as "the governor's gardener" when tending the grounds at the governor's mansion.
Loren enjoyed working in the horticulture department of the Oklahoma City Zoo. He also spent time in Tulsa working for the Tulsa Park's Department.
In the late 1980s and through the 1990s he was a well-loved member of the Eureka Springs community and friends will remember him from his days working at Café Armagost and the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels.
During his time in Eureka Springs, he was much sought after for his gardening and landscaping skills. He loved working with the limestone rock of this area. The artistic rock and flower bedsites he created stand in both Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Loren was a soft-spoken man with a quirky sense of humor. He was sincere, witty, humble, intellectual -- a rock artist, gardener, photographer, writer, dog lover, canoeist, and model airplane builder, among other things.
He enjoyed life and gave us a truer perspective of it. As attested by his Facebook page, no one is letting this gentle man "go gently into that good night." We will miss you, Loren.