Bradley Couch

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Bradley Jae Couch





Bradley Jae Couch passed away December 29th, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. He had been in poor health for several years.

Although he was living in Arizona, he always considered himself a native New Mexican. He was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on June 23rd, 1951 and lived just south of Malaga, New Mexico until he was about eight. In 1961, the family moved to Albuquerque. Brad attended Manzano High School, graduating in 1969, then attended University of New Mexico before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1972. He served during the Viet Nam era; his mission was a combat photographer. This experience opened a new window for him and he never lost interest in photography. It became one of his passions in life, and it blended well with his other passion, horses and the people that rode them: cowboys and Indians. He developed quite a portfolio. This led him to his most precious passion-a cowgirl named Diana. They married in 1978, and were inseparable as a team.

After leaving the military, he worked several years as a TV cameraman for KGGM-TV. Brad completed schooling at Albuquerque Vocational Institute and developed a new career as a certified draftsman. He was offered a position in Phoenix, Arizona that he could not refuse, and was welcomed as an Arizona resident in 1984. He became highly respected in his field, and eventually became a project supervisor and inspector in commercial construction, including building and remodeling drug stores and post offices throughout Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Diana; one brother, Cliff (Charyn) Couch, of Phoenix; his niece, Alyson Couch, of Phoenix; his step-sister, Robin (Tom) Cummings of Rio Rancho, NM; cousins, Glynda Lowe and Dennis Lowe, of Tucson, AZ, and Betty Hoptroff, of Dallas, GA; and not to be forgotten, dogs and cats of the immediate families.

Brad was very proud and humbled by his tour in the Air Force. He felt honored to be able to serve his country. Final resting place will be the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Able Funeral Services of Phoenix, (602) 442-6367, performed all arrangements. A celebration of life will be scheduled.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 14, 2018
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