It is with great sadness that we share the memorials of some of our MSLBMDA members.

Don Herbel – May 8th
Dorothy Randall – May 30th
Carolyn Kidd – June 26th

Don Herbel
Don was born in Greeley, Colorado, on July 23rd, 1940. He moved with his parents, Mollie and Alvin (Pop), and twin brothers Al and Mel, to Denver in the early 40s.

In 1972, Don met and married his true love, Nadine.  In 1984, Don and Nadine bought Austin Hardwoods. In a very short time, they turned the small business into an awesome company.

Don was, always, a “car guy”. The list of vehicles he has owned includes 2 Bel Airs, 6+ Corvettes, 4+ Cadillacs, and many other cars and trucks (even a couple of Fords and a Moped)! His pride and joy was the 1934 Chevy Cabriolet that he had rebuilt from scratch. Don loved to race, was a member of the Colorado Automobile Racing Club (CARC), Englewood Racing Association (ERA), the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and a proud lifetime member of the Looking Glass Corvette Association (LGCA).

Above all, Don and Nadine loved their family. Don left us on May 8th, 2022. He lived a long and happy life, and while we will miss him dearly, we are comforted to know he is with our beloved Nadine again…

A celebration of his life was held on June 18th – Don’s obituary is available at

Dorothy Ann Peterson Randall
Dorothy passed away peacefully on May 30th, 2022.

Dorothy was born to Pauline Platt Peterson and Wesley (Pete) Peterson in Denver, Colorado. She had two older brothers, Doug and Del, whom she always followed around, especially if baseball was involved as she was a self-proclaimed tomboy and lifelong fan of the sport. After Dorothy graduated from high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1950, she went on to study Sociology at Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1954.

While in college, Dorothy met her husband of 67 years, Charles Randall while visiting her parents in Taos, New Mexico during a Christmas break. As a young, married couple, Charles and Dorothy lived at several military bases where Charles was stationed as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Their eldest daughter, Paula Randall Ervin was born while they were stationed in California and soon thereafter they returned to Taos where both Charles and Dorothy dedicated their careers to the family business, Randall Lumber and Hardware (RLH). At RLH, Dorothy served as the business’ bookkeeper for more than 60 years.

Two years after Paula was born, Dorothy gave birth to David Randall, and then a little over a year later, they had their youngest daughter, Pamela Randall Bland.

Dorothy and Charles raised their children with a strong sense of community, work ethic, and dedication to family.  They spent many family holidays camping together, visiting loved ones, and reinforcing the bonds of family.  She was known to all for her long, single braid, and love of southwest art and jewelry, and a never-ending commitment to the Town of Taos, its people, and their businesses.

Dorothy was actively involved as a docent for the Millicent Rogers Museum, and she was seminal to the development and growth of the Sangre de Cristo Lutheran Church – serving as their Treasurer and dedicated member from its humble beginnings.

Dorothy also loved to read and listen to all forms of music.  She was also known for her skills at knitting as all those close to her enjoyed the fruits of her labor in the beautiful blankets and/or Christmas stockings she crafted.

A memorial service to celebrate Dorothy’s life will be held on Saturday July 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Rivera Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Dorothy and her family would value your support of the Sangre de Cristo Lutheran Church,116 Dona Ana Dr, Taos, NM  87571; Community Against Violence, 945 Salazar Rd, Taos, NM  87571; Couse – Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Rd., Taos, NM  87571 or the Taos Historic Museums, 222 Ledoux St., Taos, NM  87571.

Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home. To share a memory, please visit our website at Dorothy Randall’s Online Memorial & Obituary | Keeper (

Carolyn Lee Kidd
Carolyn passed away on June 26, 2022 peacefully in her home with family watching over her. Carolyn would say that she lived a blessed life with devoted friends and family. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Her family relocated to Wellington, Kansas where she spent her childhood years. She moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and began her career in the building materials industry where she would later meet her husband, Virgil Kidd.

Virgil, Carolyn and Mike Kidd worked together at Apache Lumber Company for many years. Carolyn worked in a predominantly male business but proceeded to make her way up the ladder to becoming a manager for several large building material companies such as Thunderbird Steel, Cameron Ashley, Guardian Building Products, OrePac and Stock Building Supply who had divisions of their companies in Albuquerque. She was able to use her vision, strength of leadership and “mom” skills to keep those businesses successful and employee morale high. At one time she was the only female branch manager in a corporation of 144 locations. She once managed 102 employees.

She won awards for customer service and National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC). It was not uncommon for her to prepare and serve breakfast for her employees. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her close friends and family and cooking delicious meals. She was generous, never forgot a birthday and spent time with friends in need.

Services are planned to coincide with a ceremony at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. This will occur in early fall 2022.  Carolyn’s obituary can be found at