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Thomas Durgin

Thomas Durgin

Dec 12, 1957 - Nov 6, 2012
Thomas “Tommy” Durgin, 54, from St. Stephens, died at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Services will be held at St. Stephens Catholic Church on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., Father Vincent Albano will officiate. A rosary will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephens Eagle Hall. Burial will follow at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.

Thomas Louis Durgin was born in Riverton, Wyoming on December 12, 1957, to Edward Durgin and Merle Mae (Brown) Durgin. He attended elementary school at Mill Creek. He then went to Lander Valley High School where he graduated with the class of 1977. While in high school he was named as an All American Football Player receiving an Athletic Certificate from President Ronald Regan. He then went to Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota where he was a walk on for the football team. While in Aberdeen he received his degree in Construction Engineering and worked towards his Psychology degree. He then came back to the Wind River Reservation where he made his home until his death.

On October 18, 2012, he married Gloria Mae Goggles in Fort Washakie, Wyoming.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He worked in the oil fields, Arapaho Housing and Shoshone Construction. He then started his own business, Durgin Construction, which he ran until he became ill.

His family said that he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially “hanging” with friends, family and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his daughters, Faith Durgin (Joe) Washakie, Allison Durgin, Shyann Durgin, and Eve Mindrum; his sons, Nelson Ute and Nicholas Muggelberg; his brothers, Robert Durgin, Charles “ Cheyenne” Durgin, Alan “Mike” Durgin, Loren Durgin, Shane Durgin, Francis (Georgetta) Acebo, Sr., Patrick (Clarice) Harris, Vernon (Lucy) Harris, Alden Harris, Robert White Hair, Rapheal Marquez, Chester (Vicki Giles) Pingree, Joseph (Catherine) Manzanares, Lyle “Bim” Ute, Jr., and Ron Haukaas, Jr., Tom Reed, Gary Holt; his sisters, Carleta (Floyd) Durgin-Jaramillo, Shirley Durgin-Lango, Eurdena Acebo, Rosella Harris, Debbie Harris-Vega and Donna Jo (Gordon Harris-Farris; his grandchildren, Isiah Fisherman, Eli Washakie, Sydney Long, Jr., Sianna Durgin, Santana Durgin, Desirae Durgin, Brylee Mindrum, Azlyn Mindrum, Tannalee Muggelberg, Kaycee Ute, Wakinyan Ute, Daenien Durgin, Katelynn Gardner, Natasha Janis, and Ben Gardner, Jr.; his grandparents, Flossie Brown and Peter Garcia Sr; his uncles, Charles Manderson, Martin Montoya, Ronnie Montoya , Tino Montoya, Pete Garcia, Jr., Glenn Smith, Richard Oldman, and Rudy Garcia; his aunts, Alfreda Smith, Barbara Smith Perea, Geraldine Smith Monroe, Phyllis Smith, Juanita Garcia, and Aunt Sophia (Mexico); his nieces, Sherry Vogelsang, Amy Durgin, Dricilla Durgin, Patricia Durgin, Geraldine Madrid, Jaime Durgin, Shaylynn Durgin, Skyrae Durgin, D’etta Durgin, Christina Lango, and Shawna Gardner; his nephews, Adrian “AJ” Acebo, Francis “Frankie J” Acebo, Jr., Dino Vigil, Christopher Madrid, Alonzo Durgin, Martin Lango, Christian Lango, and Jessie Acebo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle “Mama D” Durgin, and Edward Durgin, Raymond and Ambrosia Harris; his brothers, Patrick Durgin, Lloyd “ Tater” Wallowingbull, Henry “Hank” Goggles, Leonard Harris, Raymond James Harris, Jr. Duane Oldman, Colin Friday, and David Guerue; his sisters, Maria Durgin and Rebecca Durgin; his grandparents, Newton Aaron, EllenRose Garcia, Hiram Ax Brown, Amy Brown, Effemia and Edward Durgin, Francis and Johnny Brown, and Madeline Montoya; his aunt Catherine Friday; his god son, Berk Ute; his nephews Mark Jaramillo, Shawn Durgin and Chilio C’Bearing.

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Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.