Loren Floyd Follett Jr of Pie Town NM and The Criswell Ranch NM, passed away Wednesday February 2nd 2011 in Socorro NM.
Floyd was Born In Rochester NY in 1928. He was a Marine, cowboy and loyal New Mexican. Floyd was my friend since I moved here in 1999. He was fixture at the Daily Pie Cafe over the years, touched the lives of many people and was photographed more than anyone here. With his tall boots, rangy old hat and signature Hog Leg, a Virginia Dragoon Caliber 44 Magnum revolver holstered on his hip, he drew a lot of friendly, curious attention. Floyd had a way of whispering his way into peoples hearts with his quiet, boyish sense of humor. I cannot tell you how many times total strangers and acquaintances came to me after a chat with him and anonymously bought his breakfast or lunch or simply wanted to leave him something. Last spring I got a call from a gentleman in Oregon who met Floyd a year earlier, he wanted to inquire of his well being and provide anything he could if needed. I had many conversations with the old maverick about his hitch in the Marine Corps, once a Marine always a Marine they say, he proved that true. Loren Floyd Follett Jr was a patriot, he loved his country. The Hog Leg he wore, as he reinforced to me many times, was on standby for not only self defense but a cornerstone in freedoms bulwark. I was proud to call him my friend and will miss his calm nature and feigned irascibility. Rest in Peace Floyd knowing your friends will not forget you.