Frank Lee Ruggles Death – Former USA Army Paratrooper and photographer, Frank Ruggles has died on July 5th, 2021. Frank who was born in Phoenix, AZ on November 12, 1966 passed away at the age of 54. His death was announced on his official Instagram page.
It is with much sadness and regrets the passing of Frank Lee Ruggles a true legend in the landscape photography field.
Frank was a prominent photographer known around the world. Frank worked many years with the National Parks and many other remarkable artistic accomplishments shared his immense talent. Frank was also proud to serve our nation as part of the Army 82nd Airborne division. He truly enjoyed sharing knowledge of photography with all those that he met or found him the trails of so many national parks doing what he truly loved. His keen eye for capturing the beauty and details of our national parks and wildlife from coast to coast and tens of thousands of miles he traveled to share his vision with us will live on in his images that we all enjoyed.
Frank’s, true love of his life was his wife Lisa Crow Ruggles of 25 years, who was his partner in adventure and best friend, with their shared love of the outdoors and living life to its fullest. They loved sharing time at their ranch together and exploring the valley and trails surrounding the ranch. And of course, no one can forget their Furry shadow Stanley their fun-loving, goofy, gentle giant and supervisor of Ranch life.
Frank was a true steward of the National Parks and our environment. His immense talent and larger-than-life persona will be missed by all that were lucky enough to know him and view his work.
Rest easy Frank, you will be greatly missed by all, and keep chasing the light and shine upon us all and this nation’s national parks you will forever be part of helping to preserve them for all. You were a gentle giant and legendary artist. We are all better off knowing you and seeing the breathtaking imagery you shared with us all.
He was a First Sergeant in the Virginia State Guard as a Military Police Officer, and even parachuted with the 82nd Airborne division into Panama. He carried a machine gun for four years as a US Army Paratrooper.
Brain Vastag announcing his death on social media said; Very sorry to hear of the passing of nature photographer & National Park ambassador Frank Lee Ruggles. He was recreating a series of Ansel Adams photographs out west. I met Frank in Glacier N.P. in 2019 and wrote about him and his project a bit here.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of nature photographer & National Park ambassador Frank Lee Ruggles. He was recreating a series of Ansel Adams photographs out west. I met Frank in Glacier N.P. in 2019 and wrote about him and his project a bit here. https://t.co/gptFjkhraI
— Brian Vastag (@brianvastag) July 5, 2021
National Park Gee also mourn the death of Frank :In memoriam: Frank Lee Ruggles 1966-2021. We are saddened to share the passing of Frank Lee Ruggles. @frankleeruggles Frank was a friend to all and an extraordinary photographer. Frank served as a U.S. Army Paratrooper 82nd Airborne, which he was so pro
In memoriam: Frank Lee Ruggles 1966-2021
We are saddened to share the passing of Frank Lee Ruggles. @frankleeruggles Frank was a friend to all and an extraordinary photographer. Frank served as a U.S. Army Paratrooper 82nd Airborne, which he was so pro… https://t.co/HIudmOUgM8 pic.twitter.com/4wwVpZzWHm
— National Park Geek® (@NP_Geek) July 5, 2021