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Passing Of David Archuleta

Fort Union National Monument

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It is with great sadness that we share the tragic news of one of our own. David Archuleta, a summer seasonal laborer working on the preservation crew, was involved in a single car accident on the evening of August 16th and later succumbed to his injuries. 

David was a valued employee and an integral member of the preservation crew for the last four seasons and very well liked and respected. He had recently accepted the responsibility of work leader for his crew, as the previous work leader had recently retired. His fellow crew members accepted David’s leadership wholeheartedly.

David was extremely enthusiastic in volunteering to work and/or participate in special events and always willing to help out wherever he was needed. David assisted interpretive staff on numerous events, such as cultural encounters and candlelight tours. He fostered stewardship in the National Park Service by assisting in the Junior Ranger camp program, teaching the children about preservation methods and sharing information about our cultural resources. 

David was also very active in community activities, especially coaching his daughters in basketball and softball. He was very proud of his girls’ accomplishments both on and off the court and field. 

His great demeanor and jovial laugh will be sorely missed.  

David is survived by his parents, his wife Maria and his three beautiful daughters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Condolences may be sent to the family via Fort Union National Monument, P.O. Box 127, Watrous, New Mexico 87753


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