Longtime Steamboat Springs and Craig resident Mario Cruz Vigil died March 26, 2006, in Colorado. He was 60.
An Arizona native, he spent two-thirds of his life in the Arizona valley. "Cruzie," as his loving family and friends called him, spent the last 20 years residing in Steamboat Springs and Craig.
A Vietnam veteran and great lover of the outdoors, Mario was always helping with a cattle drive, gathering horses and breaking a few horses on the side. Mario enjoyed participating in the Cowboy Downhill race at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Mario will be remembered for his smile and laughter, his stories, as someone who never met a stranger and someone who was always helping someone who needed it. He also will be remembered for his Christmas cheer -- "Feliz Navidad" -- and all the good times we had with him.
Mario is preceded in death by his father, Edward, and his mother, Bertha.
He is survived by his five children, Syndi, Patrick, Todd, Dana and Callie; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild who is on the way; and five sisters.
A memorial service was held June 24, 2006, at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. A celebration of Mario's life followed at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.