Dr. Ricardo Presnell, 51, died in a Utah avalanche on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2010. Ricardo’s loving wife of 21 years, Caroline Kroko, brother Craig, and his family of friends from around the world know that he was living life big and doing what he loved. Ricardo was a man who brought people together: a man of great passion, compassion and boundless love.

Ricardo Presnell was a world-renowned Economic Geologist with over twenty-five years of experience in mineral exploration. A native of Massachusetts, Presnell went to Middlebury College, earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan and went to the University of Utah for a doctorate degree. He was a Councilor for the Society of Economic Geologist (SEG), and the Society of Applied Geologists (SGA), and an Associate Editor for Geosphere.

Ricardo’s passing is a loss not only to his family and many friends but also to the mineral exploration community. He will not be forgotten.

In lieu of gifts, the family of Ricardo Presnell asks that donations be made to a scholarship fund for University of Utah minority students studying science. It was established by Full Metal Minerals, the company where Presnell was chief geologist. Send donations to:

The Dr. Ricardo Davis Presnell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Suite 1500-409 Granville Street

Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6C1T2

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