A Lake Arrowhead "Icon" Passes Away

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert

Anyone who lives in Lake Arrowhead (the San Bernardino Mountains) has heard of our local Mountain Man, Mr. Putman "Putty" Henck. He was our mountain icon! Putty died this week at the age of 91.

...a few bits of information about Putty and his family:

  • The Henck family were true pioneers to our mountains moving here in the early 1920's.
  • They were responsible for building and managing Santa's Village in Sky Forest.
  • Putty was a "Citizen of the Year of the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber.
  • His folks built the first school (there is one named after a Henck fam. member; Mary Putman Henck) & fire department
  • First family to run water and electricity to our mountains.
  • Our Lake Arrowhead Village Visitors Center is named in Putty's honor

If you'd like to attend his memorial service, it'll be held on January 23 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort. Contact Leslie McLellan for a time, which has yet to be announced.  (909) 337-3715 or info@lakearrowhead.net

To read more about Putty Henck and his families importance to our local area, check out Rim of the Wolrd Historical Society

Comments (7)

Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ

Putty Henck always had a positve attitude! He'll be missed around here...

Jan 16, 2010 01:32 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Oh I'm sorry to hear that.....end of an era. I love the map of Santa's Village. I used to take my kids there and I went as a child as well. Funky old world. He will be missed.

Jan 16, 2010 04:12 AM
JoAnn Dickinson Homes, Inc.
JoAnn Dickinson Homes, Inc. - Huntington Beach, CA
Selling homes throughout Orange County, CA

Putty was a great man. He truly was a Lake Arrowhead Icon and he will be missed.

Jan 16, 2010 05:35 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Thanks for sharing the information of Mr. Henck's passing.  A true Icon to the San Bernardino mountain resort areas... a true visionary who brought happiness to so many with his opening of Santa's Village! 

Jan 16, 2010 08:46 AM
Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ

Karen; when we first moved up here in '91, we went and I have a good pictures "somewhere" I wish I could find.... sigh

JoAnn:  He sure will be!

Michelle: He and his family were truly instrumental when it comes to making a lot of our area what it is.  The Hencks' are History!

Jan 16, 2010 10:17 AM
Joyce (manager), Guaranteed Flat Rates No Junk Fees, Serving all of Southern Ca
Arrowhead Escrow - Riverside, CA

As long time San Bernardino residents we are sad to hear of the news. We have many fond memories of our children at Santa's Village, and We can still remember the old Television commercials.



Jan 19, 2010 09:04 AM
Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ

Arrowhead Escrow; I think all we SO CAL peeps have fond memories of Santa's Village... and we all will surely miss Putty!  Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 19, 2010 09:46 AM