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Fred Raznick

Fred Raznick

In this column, we will spotlight volunteers who have contributed to the “Eldorado,” as it’s now known, that we know and love. We invite you to nominate individuals, especially those who have given long service, for inclusion so that their stories can be told to newer residents in the hope that we will continue this proud tradition. Please submit your suggestions to the Information Committee at chandy@hoamco.com.

Fred Raznick came to Eldorado in 1978. He got involved in the construction of his passive solar adobe home when AMREP still maintained tight control over the new community’s development. “Out of the 2760 lots platted, about 100 had been developed, mostly around Verano Loop. Only the entrance road, Avenida Amistad, which led to the Community Center, was paved. There was a short dirt landing strip for ranch owner Alva Simpson’s private plane and lots of space.”

When AMREP allowed two residents to sit on the Board of Directors, Fred was one of them. He has maintained a presence on various committees ever since. “I had black hair down to my shoulders in those days,” Fred remembers. He also had a law degree from the Detroit College of Law, which gave him credibility with AMREP. He helped convince them it would be advantageous to pave Avenida Vista Grande to attract more buyers to the growing passive solar community. At the time, their project was drawing national attention during the 1970s' and ‘80s' energy crisis.

Over the years, Fred has been on numerous Eldorado committees from the Road Committee to neighborhood litter pickup. He was an eighteen-year member of the El Dorado Volunteer Fire Department, founder of the ECIA Facilities and Grounds Committee, and was on its first finance committee.
He has also served on the Finance Committee of his Santa Fe synagogue and has been a member of the Santa Fe County Development Review Committee.

Also, Fred has been an active realtor since the late 1970s, stating, “I still enjoy bringing nice people to the community.”

Giving back to his friends and neighbors in Santa Fe County is his way of showing gratitude for his good fortune. Fred has an easy smile and a patient, caring approach to community development issues. When asked what he would like to see next in Eldorado, his response was quick and easy,

“Tranquility.”

~Lee Chiacos

12.27.18