CHARLES ALAN (CHUCK) PURDY Charles Alan ("Chuck") Purdy died
peacefully on August 19, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Chuck
was born on September 13, 1955 in East Chicago, Indiana. The oldest of
four children, he grew up in Tucson, Arizona. As a child, he rode bikes,
ran cross-country, camped with his family in the White Mountains and
sang in the Tucson Boys Choir, where he cultivated his strong, clear
tenor voice. He is remembered by all for his singing and had the
repertoire of a living jukebox.
Chuck attended the University of Arizona, earning his law degree in
1980. He moved to Santa Fe in 1981, where he devotedly served the
Northern New Mexico community for over three decades, providing personal
injury and employment law. Among his most significant contributions was
the "Bridge Case," which served to improve New Mexico highway safety.
An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, his daughter and grandson grew up
climbing the high mountains and 14ers on his strong shoulders. Chuck had
an encyclopedic vocabulary and memory for facts and enthusiastically
shared his love of flora, fauna, birds and constellations with his
family and friends. Oh, and don't forget politics and history, which
Chuck could talk about for hours.
Chuck regularly pruned and "fire-scaped" his land with his treasured
chain saw, earning him the nickname, "Right Hand of Mother Nature."
He was never one to hurry, so in his later years, his family and
grandson affectionately dubbed him "Grandaddy Box Turtle" in homage to
his first childhood pet, a Sonoran Box Turtle. Chuck loved his family
and friends with all his heart and was known by all as a kind and gentle
soul. He was generously endowed with the "Goofball Gene" and was known
for his wicked, dry sense of humor. His siblings particularly remember
the "wicked" part.
The last passion Chuck cultivated was his love for his Rock Steady
Boxing community and class, where he assumed the boxing name, "Ali," and
regularly demonstrated both his determination and his goofball nature.
His daughter remembers that Chuck lived by his own - often given -
advice: "Beauty is as Beauty does."
He is survived by his wife and partner of 35 years, Kate Cook; his
daughter, Francesca Rose Bottos; his grandson, Jonah Charles Waipa; his
mother, Phyllis Kell; and his sisters, Janice Cook and Rhonda Jaska. His
brother, Bruce Purdy, preceded him in death. He is also survived by his
nieces and nephews, Shannon Farrow, Jessica Cooper, Eric Purdy, Jaclyn
Lehmuth, and Curtis Purdy; and his great nieces and nephew, Jacob
Cooper, Olivia Cooper, and Kennedy Lehmuth.
His family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the kind
and loving care of his caretakers and doctors and for the devotion of
his aides, nurses, and the administration at Kingston. In lieu of
flowers and in memory of Chuck, the family asks that donations be made
to Punching Out Parkinson's Santa Fe (Rock Steady Boxing SF) 1704 Llano
Street, Suite B, #110, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
A celebration of Chuck's life will be held at Rivera's Kiva Chapel of
Light on Saturday, September 14th between 2 and 4 PM. Rivera Family
Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone:
(505) 989-7032 www.RiveraFamilyFuneralHome.com Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from
Sep. 6 to Sep. 8, 2019.
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