Dr. Jose Roberto (Bob) Garcia Jr. of Denver, Colorado, died at age 68 on March 3, 2013 after a decade living with Huntington's Disease. Born June 19, 1944 in El Paso, Texas to Jose Roberto Garcia and Maria (Arroyo) Garcia. A graduate of Jefferson High School ('62), University of Texas at El Paso (BS '67, MS '72), New Mexico State University (PhD '78) with post-doctoral studies conducted at University of California Irvine School of Medicine. A decorated Captain in the United States Air Force, honorably discharged following a tour of duty stationed at Da Nang Airfield, Vietnam ('70). A lifelong man of letters, science, and laboratory research who held professorships with University of California, Ball State University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver, as well as adjunct teaching positions with University of Colorado at Denver, and University of Colorado School of Medicine. An avid runner and outdoorsman who dedicated vacations to camping in the Sierra National Forrest and Rocky Mountain National Park, his most treasured moments were hiking numerous 14ers with his children and witnessing his grandchildren discover and thrive. Survived by his children JR Garcia III and Tarrah (Baum) Garcia, Sofia Garcia, and Yvonne (Garcia) DeVoe, his grandchildren Austyn Garcia, Sofia Garcia, and Lenora DeVoe, as well as his former spouse Martha Castillo Garcia. Also survived by his three younger sisters Eustolia (Garcia) Garretson of El Paso, Texas, Grace (Garcia) Barrigan and Frank Barrigan of Hesperia, California, Romie (Garcia) Celaya and Pete Celaya of Fort Worth, Texas, as well as his younger brother Roger and Irma Garcia of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Predeceased by his birthparents as well as his father's second spouse and lifelong mother, Petrita (Carranza) Garcia. Ashes to be spread in a private ceremony this coming spring. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America in name of the diseased, and flagged specifically for research. Special recognition to the team of care providers at Mesa Vista of Boulder and Agape Hospice Services. "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back."

Published in El Paso Times from Mar. 16 to Mar. 23, 2013