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Obituaries: Bogus; Lund; Martinez

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James Patrick Bogus

James Patrick Bogus: 1962 – 2024

James Patrick Bogus, 61 years of age, passed away with courage and grace on February 21, 2024, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

James was born November 17, 1962, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Tom and Joanne Bogus. He graduated from Cheyenne Central in 1981. During high school, Jim was all state cross country for two years. His 3200M relay team held the state record for several years. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Outstanding Names and Faces. He was also senior class vice-president and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After high school, Jim attended Black Hills State on a cross country scholarship. Later, he transferred to the University of Wyoming where he was a member of the Sigma NU Fraternity.

He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Education. Jim received his Masters of Science Biology in 2012 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

For five years, Jim taught and coached at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Texas. He then taught and coached at Nolan Catholic College Preparatory High School in Fort Worth, Texas. While in Taxes, he met Peg and they were married in October of 1998 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1998 where Jim taught Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Genetics, Dual Credit Biology, Physical Science and Fly Fishing. He coached basketball, football, and track. Jim also was a part time General Biology teacher for Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming.

On February 19, 2003, Victoria Rose was born; a proud moment for Jim. She will always be his “Sunshine”. He often sang to her “Brown Eyed Girl.” Jim was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff, where he served as a Youth Religion Teacher and a member of The Knights of Columbus. Jim also served on the Board of Trustees for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. His interests included fly fishing, gardening, camping, biking, cross-country skiing, reading, rockhounding, hiking in the Snowy Mountain range and being with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Joanne; sister, Mary Jo; and grandparents, Frank and Genevieve Gill, and Thomas F. and Vera Bogus.

He is survived by his wife, Peg; daughter, Victoria; sisters and brothers: Liz Peterson, Tom (Ann) Bogus, Barbara (Dan) Stevens, John (Jody) Bogus; numerous nieces; nephews; and great.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s honor to The Nebraska Children’s Home Society.

John (Jack) Alan Lund

John (Jack) Alan Lund: 1951 – 2024

Jack was born in Sidney Richland County, Montana. He was the youngest of two children.  His parents John William (Bill) Lund and Ruby M. Wyatt Lund preceded him in death. 

Jack died of a sudden heart event.  Jack attended CY Junior High school, NCHS, Class of 1970,  Casper College, Parks Business School Denver, and graduated from Beauty School. 

Jack was a hairdresser in La Jolla California and lived on the beach. He also was a hairdresser in San Francisco, California. Jack left home early with $50 and a rattletrap car to take on the world. He slept in his car for two weeks until he secured a job. He learned to be extremely fiscally responsible. He had no tolerance for users or manipulators. He had a big heart. He fed people and offered them his personal wisdom. Jack was an excellent host, a great cook, an artist. An actor. A lover of 70s music, a strong gay activist. He participated in all the gay parades starting in 1976. Jack lost 26 friends during those times. 

Jack is most known for throwing gasoline on the flames of controversial politics and religion. You would not break his will. He spoke his truth and he was authentic. He transformed the pain in his life to power. He had threatened to write a book about behind the scenes life in Denver but said it would be shocking to the common man. Who are the good guys and how many wear masks? Jack retired from Mountain Bell phone company.  

He is survived by one sister, Cheryl K. Lund Penny; and nieces; nephew; cousins; friends.

He wanted no funeral. Sing a Diana Ross song and give to your favorite charity. Jacks final words would be: “Have no tears for me. Speak your truth and be happy.”

Isaac Martinez

Isaac Martinez: 1975 – 2024

Isaac J. Martinez passed away on January 31, 2024, at the age of 48. He was born November 18, 1975, to John Garcia and Gloria (Maggie) Martinez and was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He loved the outdoors, loved to fish, and go camping when he had the chance. He was most recently employed at S and S builders. 

He survived by his mother, Maggie Parker and Scott Parker; his sister, Kiylinn Turner; grandmother, Melva Wetherington; as well as his four children: Toni of Las Vegas, Elias Martinez of Ft. Collins, Vanessa Anaya of Cheyenne, and Anthony of Cheyenne. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Illyanno and Ozias. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julia and Estevan Martinez; his dad, John Garcia; his aunt, Fraǹces; aunt, Sylvia; cousin, Anthony; and his son, Isiah. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him. 

A Celebration of Life and service will be held at Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home on March 1, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.