G. Kenneth (Bud) Brashar

G. Kenneth (Bud) Brashar

Bud started the 1st grade and graduated High School from McCurdy. He went to work for the Bond & Co., In the Valle Grande as a horse wrangler. He worked full time for $1 a day. “Never worked so hard, learned so much and made so little.” The next year Bud went to New Mexico Military Institute. He enlisted in the Army in 1943;  then separated from the Army (1944) to accept an appointment to the Naval Academy to be a pilot.  He failed the eye test due color blindness, was then assigned to the 7th Fleet, and was shipped overseas to the Pacific.  Bud was discharged from the Navy in 1946. Bud returned to Española to assist his Father in the Española State Bank. He went to the 1st National Bank of Denver, 17th & Stout, where he received additional education. Bud returned to the Española Valley where his career continued as a banker.  During his lifetime he saw many mergers and changes to the banking industry. There were many different banks in New Mexico and Colorado where he served as Bank President & CEOC. He also worked for the FDIC monitoring various banks until they became solvent. In 1960 he was elected President of New Mexico Bankers Association, a position he considered to be an honor. He retired many times but was called back to banking by request for his expertise. He returned to banking because he loved banking, he loved people and he wasn’t ready to retire. He moved to Pagosa Springs, CO in 1991 to take over Citizens Bank, as President & CEO. The last time he retired from banking in 2002, he was Chairman-of-the-Board of Citizens Bank. Bud was extremely active his whole life in community service; Boy Scouts, 32nd Degree Mason, Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Valley View Methodist Church and New Mexico Amigos. He was instrumental in the evolution of the Española Hospital, including the transfer of the Hospital to Presbyterian Hospital Services. While in Pagosa Springs, Bud became President and CEO of the Mary Fisher Foundation. Using his past experience with the Española Hospital Foundation, he provided guidance for the formation of the Pagosa Springs Medical Facility. His passions were hunting, fishing, camping traveling and flying his Cessna 182 (Alaska, Mexico and the western US). These activities carried on his whole life. Bud had an encyclopedic memory of New Mexico and Colorado that would rival any history book.  He had many stories to tell and loved telling them. He was a numbers genius….. Bud’s love was his family.  He married Phyllis Meager in Denver in 1947.  They had three children, Lynda, Clifton and Gary. Bud married Barbara J. (Bardy) in 1986, creating a blended family. His “tribe” as he lovingly referred to them are:  6 children, 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren (plus one due in September). Bud is survived by his wife, Barbara, Bobby Watkins, Lyn Klein (Mike), Tony Thomson, Lynda and Gary (Lynn). Internment in the Santa Fe National Cemetery will take place on June 30, 2021 at 11:15. In remembrance of Bud, and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests planting a tree or making a contribution to the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

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