Letter to the Editor:
Most people in Guthrie don't know the name Jason Roselius. He was a lawyer from the Texas panhandle that moved to Oklahoma City and fell in love with Guthrie. He decided to put an office across the street from the post office on Oklahoma Ave. and started buying land in Logan County. He donated to local charities, most of the time asking that he be left anonymous. He saw the potential for downtown and had a vision for what Guthrie could be. He wanted downtown to be a thriving tourist spot, something more than vacant buildings or antique stores that were only open 20 hours a week. He spoke of a live music scene and wanted to establish commerce and had the money and know how to pull it off.
Jason died last week when he fell through the ice trying to save his dogs at his farm east of town. He left behind a wife and children and the human tragedy of his passing can't be truly expressed here but unfortunately the city of Guthrie also lost a true visionary.
I'm reminded of It's a Wonderful Life and the main character George Bailey who gets to see what Bedford Falls would be like had he never been born. The difference is in this case, Guthrie never gets to see what it could have been. That may sound like an exaggeration, but if you ever talked to Jason you would think differently. People regularly come to Guthrie with grand visions but because of local pressure, old money or politics, change seldom happens. Jason had what it took to make a difference.
Those that knew Jason lost a friend. I'm afraid Guthrie did too.