Gary Coggins age 77 passed away on June 22, in his home with his beloved wife Evelyn by his side. Gary was born and raised in Arkansas City, Kansas. After high school he received an appointment to West Point. As a career Army Officer, Gary served in numerous countries and positions. A Vietnam Veteran, he retired in 1989. After retirement Gary taught high school in Virginia. Gary married Evelyn Ortega, another Army Officer in 1985. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Iliff and Ann Mae Coggin, and his sister Cheryl Martin.
Gary is survived by his wife Evelyn, sister Paula Kay Coggins, daughter Kathy (Chad), grandchildren, Moira, Aly and Gray (Kelsey) Gideon and adopted family, Perscilla Jett (Doug), Don Ortega (Suzanne), Floyd Trujillo (Shirley deceased) and numerous nieces, nephews, and loving relatives. In keeping with Gary’s wishes there will be a Memorial Service on July 9, 2022, at 10am in the Evergreen Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos. An inurnment with full military honors will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the Questa Public Library. The family of Gary Coggins has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos.