Bernard Cuthair, 54, passed peacefully on April 22nd, 2023 in Durango, CO, surrounded by his family. He was born on August 15, 1968 in Durango, CO to Darlene Cuthair and McGarey Gallegos. He was raised by his grandmother, Belle Cuthair, in Ignacio, CO. He loved and cherished his grandmother, sharing beautiful memories of her often. As a Southern Ute tribal member, he took immense pride in his heritage and community.
Bernie was a devoted father to his three daughters, Noel, Rebekah, and Tori. He valued spending time with them and was proud of their achievements. While Bernie did not have siblings, he had a community of brothers and sisters whom he loved and respected. Bernie considered Fred and Loretta Campuzano his second parents, as they considered him their son.
It was apparent to all who knew Bernie that he had a deep passion for the outdoors and took great delight in hunting, golfing, and farming. He loved spending time on the farm with his dogs, cows and could irrigate his fields all day long. He was also a frequent participant in car and motorcycle shows, often winning top prizes. He loved playing softball and also coached his daughter's softball teams for many years.
His careers included being a Southern Ute tribal wildlife officer, hunting guide, and a coal miner. He was well respected in his roles and made a positive impact on those around him. He loved music and listened to a wide variety of music genres, particularly country and rock. He started Full Throttle Promotions and spent many years organizing concerts in Farmington, NM.
As a recipient of a heart and kidney transplant, Bernie rocked life every day!! He had a strong faith and found his strength in Christ, especially in trying times. He would have celebrated his 11th year anniversary of his heart and kidney on May 25th, 2023.
His never-ending smile, positive attitude, and willingness to help others will be deeply missed by everyone. He never met a stranger. He will be remembered for his heart of gold, senses of humor, and warrior bear spirit.
A memorial service will be held on May 6th, 2023 at 3 pm at the Southern Ute Multi-Purpose Center in Ignacio, CO. All are welcome.