Thomas 'Tommy' DurginNov 9, 2012 Staff
Thomas "Tommy" Durgin, of St. Stephens, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 54 years old.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Stephens Catholic Church. Father Vincent Albano will officiate. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at St. Stephens Eagle Hall. Burial will follow at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.
Thomas Louis Durgin was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Riverton, the son of 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 Reagan. He then went to Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D., where he was a walk-on for the football team. While in Aberdeen he received his degree in construction engineering and worked toward his psychology degree. He then came back to the Wind River Reservation where he made his home until his death.
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.
On Oct. 18, 2012, he married Gloria Mae Goggles in Fort Washakie.
He was of the Catholic faith.
His family said that he enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially hanging out with friends, family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughters Faith Durgin (Joe) Washakie, Allison Durgin, Shyann Durgin and Eve Mindrum; sons Nelson Ute and Nicholas Muggelberg; 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., Ron Haukaas Jr., Tom Reed and Gary Holt; sisters Carleta (Floyd) Durgin-Jaramillo, Shirley Durgin-Lango, Eurdena Acebo, Rosella Harris, Debbie Harris-Vega and Donna Jo (Gordon Harris-Farris; 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.; grandparents Flossie Brown and Peter Garcia Sr.; uncles Charles Manderson, Martin Montoya, Ronnie Montoya, Tino Montoya, Pete Garcia Jr., Glenn Smith, Richard Oldman and Rudy Garcia; aunts Alfreda Smith, Barbara Smith Perea, Geraldine Smith Monroe, Phyllis Smith, Juanita Garcia and Aunt Sophia (Mexico); 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; 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 and Raymond and Ambrosia Harris; brothers Patrick Durgin, Lloyd " Tater" Wallowingbull, Henry "Hank" Goggles, Leonard Harris, Raymond James Harris Jr., Duane Oldman, Colin Friday and David Guerue; sisters Maria Durgin and Rebecca Durgin; grandparents Newton Aaron, EllenRose Garcia, Hiram Ax Brown, Amy Brown, Effemia and Edward Durgin, Francis and Johnny Brown and Madeline Montoya; aunt Catherine Friday; godson Berk Ute; and nephews Mark Jaramillo, Shawn Durgin and Chilio C'Bearing.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.