Howard Guthrie Memorial

Our world was shattered on November 14, 2014. My father, Howard Guthrie and his girlfriend Melissa Watson died tragically in a plane crash, while traveling to Pagosa Springs, Colorado to celebrate Melissa’s birthday. Howard’s philosophy was to live life to the fullest and that he did. He was charismatic, charming, and had a great sense of humor. He loved his friends and family and never passed up an adventure. He and Melissa will be terribly missed.

Our family chose to wait until after the holidays to hold my father’s memorial due to the amount of out-of-town family and friends, and the cost associated with holiday travel. Now that services are finalized, I’ve established this fundraising page to assist us with the cost of the memorial service and cremation. My mother (Howard’s former wife), Cindy passed away earlier this year (April 2014) and because neither of them planned for such events, we have taken on the financial the burden.

Please share this page with your family and friends. Donations of any amount are truly appreciated and will go a long way.

Obituary to run next week: 

Howard F. Guthrie, age 55, of Albuquerque, NM, flew straight into heaven on November 14, 2014, following a tragic plane crash in the San Juan National Forest, near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He lived a life full of adventure and never bypassed an opportunity to make a memory. Howard was born August 17, 1959, in Santa Fe, NM. He graduated from Los Alamos High School and later served in the U.S. Navy. After exploring the country, making many life-long friends, he settled his family in Albuquerque and built his business as an auto mechanic. Over the years, he spent his spare time wearing Hawaiian shirts, hopping beaches at Elephant Butte Lake, scuba diving in San Carlos, Mexico, snowmobiling or skiing in Colorado, and flying his plane across the tri-states sky. He is survived by his mother, Guadalupe Guthrie; his sister, Anna Wormald; his daughter, Sada Abila and husband Sergio; his son, Shawn Guthrie; his two grandchildren, Deklan and Shevelle; his nephew and niece, Keenan and Bianca Wormald; and his faithful dog, Zee. He is preceded by his father, Kenneth Guthrie; and his friend and former wife, Cindy Williams. Howard was a gentle giant, who loved people and truly valued what life had to offer. He cherished his family and adored his girlfriend, Melissa Watson, a loving soul, who also lost her life in the crash. They both will be missed dearly. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 5:00p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the American Legion Post 49, at 11005 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com/jitn5c ,  a fund established to assist Howard’s family with final expenses.
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Organizer

Sada Abila 
Organizer
Albuquerque, NM
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