Gordon Paul Pugh died on January 20, 2013 at home in El Paso after a courageous 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Gordon was born in El Paso, Texas on December 29, 1956. He attended Zack White Elementary and Coronado High School. As a high school student, he studied oboe with Richard Henderson. Gordon received the Bachelor of Music Degree from Baylor University, where he studied oboe with Dr. Doris DeLoach. After graduating, he taught at Belton (Texas) High School as a band director. During his time in Belton, he married his high school sweetheart, Debra Griswold. He returned to El Paso for good in 1985, teaching fourth grade at O'Donnel School in Fabens. Eventually he taught general music and guitar at Fabens High School, where he was voted Teacher of the Year for 2002. Gordon is survived by his wife of 29 years, Debra Pugh, his parents, Jean and Redford Pugh, one brother, Stephen Allen Pugh and his wife Linda McClain, two sons, Stephen Thomas Pugh and Gregory Allen Pugh and his wife Ashley Pugh. Gordon performed with the Juarez Symphony and Opera, the El Paso Symphony, the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra (Hobbs, NM) and was an original member of the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the El Paso Wind Symphony, the desertwind Woodwind Quintet and was a founding member of the Chamber Music Consortium of the Southwest. He performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in many Music Forum El Paso Concerts. He continued performing throughout his illness, stopping only three weeks before his passing. Gordon, a devout Christian, was a member of the Coronado Baptist Church where he regularly participated in their various worship music ensembles. One of Gordon's favorite activities in the last 2 years was performing with his sons in various venues in El Paso, exploring a synthesis of rock, electronic, folk, jazz, and classical music with an eclectic combination of instruments - oboe, english horn, saxophone, french horn, guitar, bass, synthesizer, electronics, voice, and percussion (found sounds). The family would like to express their appreciation and admiration for the El Paso Medical community, especially Drs. Alan Carp, Juan Herrada, Mark Landeros, and Michael Traylor. Special thanks go to Cima Hospice and Keith Kofoed for excellent palliative care. A memorial service will take place on February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Coronado Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation of any amount to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.
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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4, 2013