I noticed he stopped sending emails a few months ago, and did not reply when I tried to reach him. I kept searching. This is all I can find on him. The Deming, New Mexico funeral home didn’t know what got him, just recalled that no one attended his services.
We’d been in communication since the days of usenet and talk.politics.guns, in the early days of the internet. He made a couple of custom knives for me, and they are beauties. He was an expert in the martial arts, had once gone up against Bruce Lee’s sparring partner, who said “compared to you, Bruce was a little stiff.” (He didn’t like that repeated, made him sound boastful, but now I can say it).