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Posted by W von Papinešu on December 09, 2002 at 21:06:49:
In Reply to: Re: A friend of mine was just telling me.... posted by Mr. Sonora on December 04, 2002 at 15:25:12:
Mr Sonora: This is the only item that I could find that came close to your description in any of the three local papers. I hope it is the one of which you speak ...
SIERRA VISTA HERALD (Arizona) 19 August 02 Businessman dies after snake bite (David Rupkalvis)
Sierra Vista: Pat Hughes was a well-respected and well-liked member of the community who was active in a variety of efforts aimed at helping those in need.
Early Sunday morning, the community lost not just a business leader, but also a friend.
Family friends of Hughes said he was bitten on the finger by a small, probably a juvenile, rattlesnake early Saturday evening. Snake experts say bites from juvenile rattlesnakes are responsible for almost all snake bite deaths in Arizona.
Bob Strain and Herb Wetzel said Hughes' wife, Nancy, rushed him to the emergency room at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. The 45-year-old was treated with an anti-venom serum, but later succumbed to complications of the poisonous bite.
When asked about treatment for Hughes, hospital spokeswoman Marie Wurth responded, "Due to patient confidentiality we are unable to comment on the specifics. However we are most saddened by the tragic death of Mr. Hughes and the loss to his family, friends and the community. Our dedicated and competent staff provided the medical care deemed appropriate."
Hughes was from California and is survived by his mother, a brother, his wife and two young children, Tiffany and Dan, said Pat Kambouris, a family friend.
Hughes became a fixture in the Sierra Vista area when he opened The Mesquite Tree restaurant in 1986. He was active in the business community. He was a longtime member of the Greater Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and served a term as the chamber's president.
Hughes also established the Sierra Stampede Women's Profession Rodeo in 1998.