Anthony Lee Pagnotta, born January 2, 1941 in Pueblo, Colorado passed into eternal life on May 21, 2012 at the Cripple Creek Rehabilitation and Wellness Center after a brief illness.
He and his devoted wife Coy Swett of Shreveport, Louisiana were married February 2, 1972 in Monroe, Louisiana. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Anthony was a newspaper Publisher in Eunice, Louisiana where his dedication to journalism led to his being elected to serve three terms as President of the Louisiana Newspaper Association.
He received many awards during his career · including the coveted Scripps- ‘ Howard Citation for distinguished journalism for outstanding public service in the cause of the First Amendment. He was honored for his investigative reporting which exposed voter fraud in southwest Louisiana. He also received nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in the same year. He led three small town newspapers from obscurity to national recognition in such publications as Time magazine and Newsweek magazine as well as 19 other awards for his outstanding achievements in journalism and advertising development.
They relocated to Colorado in 1981 to be near his many aunts, uncles and cousins in Pueblo. Tony and Coy have resided in Florissant since 1986. Tony purchased and published the Cripple Creek Gold Rush newspaper after returning to his native Colorado. During the same time, Tony and his brother Sam Pagnotta opened and operated the Settlement Restaurant, across Highway 24 from the Safeway in Woodland Park. It gained a reputation as one of the finest restaurants in Teller County. After leaving the restaurant business Tony and Coy began a Christian ministry at Christ Haven Lodge in Florissant . . Seven years later they retired again and moved to Colorado Mountain Estates in Florissant, CO. Mr. Pagnotta served honorably in the Navy Seebees during the Korean War.
He is a member of the Manitou Springs Chapter of the American Legion. Tony has been active in the Episcopal church where he has served as a Lay Eucharistic minister for many years. He has served as Senior Warden at St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Cripple Creek where a memorial service will be held The service will be announced in a future edition as well as on the St. Andrew website , standrewscripplecreek.org.