Filbert Anthony Garcia born January 17, 1933 in Durango Colorado and raised in Ignacio Colorado, was called home by our Heavenly Father on September 20, 2021 in Boise , Idaho. Bert as most knew him graduated from Ignacio High school and was drafted shortly after, where he would serve two years in the Korean War as a bugler. His skill for playing the trumpet led him to playing for many military funerals and marching in the drum and bugle corp and was an active member of the American Legion, VFW, and Elks Club. He also played in dance bands with his friends from the area in the fifties and sixties and then would pass down his love for music to his children, and eventually start a family band called “Bert Garcia and the No Notes”. Bert spent most of his life in Ignacio and raising his family on the Florida Mesa outside of Durango. He married the love of his life Mary G. Garcia from Durango, Co. on October 15 1956, and they would
have celebrated 65 years of marriage this month. Together they owned and operated many businesses in Durango, from the The Acapulco Restaurant, Joe’s Place Bar, La Paloma bar, Ranchero liquors on the Florida Mesa and the Grandview gas station/store/MH park and Motel outside of Durango. He was a true businessman and accomplished entrepreneur. After retiring and selling the business, they moved to New Mexico in 1982 where they resided until they relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2014 with their son and daughter in law until July of this year
and left to Boise, Idaho. Bert loved to hunt and ride horses, a true cowboy who enjoyed the adventure of the Weminuche mountains where he and his family & friends would often take time to explore different trails and just take in the sight of wildlife and beautiful landscape. He was a man of many skills, from farmer to meat cutter, mechanic, carpenter…. there wasn't
anything he couldn’t do or figure out. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, adored grandfather, uncle and friend and loved his family more than anything. He will be dearly missed and live forever in our hearts. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Jeannette Ulibarri (Mario), Joyce Tafoya (Tom), son Anthony Garcia (Karlene), grandchildren Thomas, Anna, Michelle, Cara , T.J., Erica, Landon, Karly, Tori, Talisha, their spouses and numerous great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. His sisters, Gloria Cook, Georgia Dye, brothers Ruben Moreno jr., Thomas Moreno, David Moreno, and Felix Garcia.
He is preceded in death by his mother Pauline Moreno, brother Alex Moreno, Grandparents (who raised him) Thomas and Estefanita Garcia, Uncles Filbert, Steven, Eddie, and George Garcia, Aunts Della Parks and Josephine Slopanski.
Due to COVID a private family service has already taken place.
The family of Bert Garcia would like to thank the ICU staff at St. Luke’s hospital in Boise and Horizon Hospice, especially Harold who took care of dad and sat with the family during our time of need. His kind heart and professionalism will not be forgotten. Special thanks to Bowman Funeral Home who assisted in preparing our father for his eternal rest, and to the many family and friends who called and kept us in thought and prayer during our time of need. May God be with all families suffering from this COVID pandemic and the loss of their loved ones.
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