Reginald William Howe

Reginald William Howe

Ignacio resident Reginald William Howe died Saturday, March 24, 2012, on his land. He was 59. The cause of death has not been determined.

Mr. Howe was born to Rudolph and Stella Howe on Oct. 20, 1952, in Ignacio, where he grew up and attended school. His family said he was a gifted athlete.

Mr. Howe graduated from Ignacio High School in 1970 and shortly afterward he was drafted to play professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs. He declined to play with the team because of the birth of his first son.

He married Lindy Bright in 1971 in Aztec, N.M. Though their marriage later ended in divorce, they gave birth to a son, Lonnie Howe, in 1971, and a daughter, Glorie Howe, two years later.

Mr. Howe was accepted to Washington University, where he attended college, though he did not graduate.

In the mid-1980s, he returned to the Ignacio area and began working for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was the irrigation supervisor. He was also a reserve police officer for the Southern Ute Police Department.

In the mid-1980s, he met Marie Gomez, and they had a daughter, Shyida Howe in 1988. In December 1993, the couple married.

After working for 25 years, he retired. His family said Mr. Howe’s “workaholic” nature meant retirement did not suit him. So, he went to work for the Sky Ute Casino and Resort as a shuttle driver, and then for Hocker Construction as a heavy-equipment operator until the Southern Ute Indian Tribe asked him to come back to work as an irrigation supervisor – the job he held until the day he died.

Mr. Howe enjoyed his family, especially his granddaughter Torrica. They did everything together, his family said. They went to the movies together and spent a lot of time with their “beloved” horses.

“All of his grandchildren were his pride and joy, but Torrica was his companion that he adored,” his family said. He extended his love to other “adopted” grandchildren as well as his nieces and nephews.

His family said Mr. Howe was also a great cook. He enjoyed playing golf, watching his grandchildren play sports and rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.

He was a Sundancer and member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

Mr. Howe was preceded in death by his only son, Lonnie Howe.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Marie Howe, of Ignacio; daughters Shyida Howe of Ignacio and Glorie Johnson of Auburn, Wash.; sister, Florann Howe, of Ignacio; brother Steve Burch of Ignacio; stepsister, Hilda Burch, of Ignacio; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

A wake will be held at 6 p.m. today, March 27, 2012, at the family home, 1051 County Road 315 in Ignacio. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Southern Ute Memorial Chapel, 258 Ute Road. Deacon Larry Tucker will officiate. Burial will occur at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.