Patrick L. Cugnini passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, in his home in Durango, Colo. He was 84.
Pat was born June 21, 1927, to Mike and Mary Cugnini at the family home in Durango. He went to school on Florida Mesa in Durango through eighth grade, and he graduated from Reisch American Auctioneer School in 1945. Pat married Ramona J. Harris on Feb. 29, 1972.
Pat started Navajo Trails Fiesta, now known as Fiesta Days, and ran it for many years. He auctioneered La Plata County Fair Sale for 40 years. He started managing Basin Livestock in 1951 and continued in that position for many years. In 1980, Pat started Hi Country Auction, which is still in business. Pat lived at his current residence on 3rd Avenue since 1967.
Ranching and farming in Durango, Pagosa and NAPI were his lifelong occupations. Pat was named Cattleman of the Year in 1975.
Breeding and racing his thoroughbred horses was his passion. He match raced horses as a young man, and graduated into team roping and calf roping later in life. His family remembers foot races instigated by Pat, who happened to be very fast. Pat was always up for a game of pitch at the old Basin Pack, and always ready to make a wager on anything. His family said one of his favorite expressions was, “If you’re going to do it … do it right!”
He is preceded in death by siblings Mike Cugnini, John Cugnini and Josephine Hopkins.
He is survived by his wife Ramona, children Duane Cugnini and wife Debra, Steve Cugnini and Vicky Cugnini; sister Annie Jameson; grandchildren Chris Cugnini and Becky Cugnini and spouse Ty Hawkins, Kelly Bronson and Cole Suitt, 11 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Zelletti, Montonati and Jameson families. All of Pat’s survivors live in the Four Corners area.
The family invites everyone to join them for a celebration of Mr. Cugnini’s life at 4 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Ridgewood Events Center (north of the Breen salebarn, mile marker 16, Hwy. 140).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.