Harold Rhea "Chuck" DinwiddieJune 20, 2017
Harold Rhea “Chuck” Dinwiddie, age 78, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Visitation will be Monday, June 26, 2017 from 3:30 to 4:30pm with a Funeral Service at 4:30 pm at The Fair Grounds Building in Cliff, NM. Interment will follow at the Mesa Cemetery in Gila, New Mexico. Mr. Jupe Hale will officiate. He was born on September 11, 1938 in Silver City NM to the proud parents of Margery Bright and Richard O Dinwiddie. He passed away peacefully in his bed at his home in Cliff with his family by his side. Chuck was raised in Cliff NM and its surrounding areas, including the beautiful Gila Wilderness that he referred to as his back yard. He graduated from Cliff High School as the Valedictorian in 1956 after playing multiple basketball seasons as a Cliff Cowboy.
Chuck had the pleasure of growing up around much of his extended family in the area including cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings, and grandparents. This rarely lead to a boring moment. During the summers of high school years and immediately after, Chuck worked for the forest services. This is when his love and admiration of the area that he was born and raised in grew tremendously. We have all heard countless stories about his times in the mountains and he often described this time as the happiest time of his life. Chuck received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Western New Mexico University. He began his first teaching job in Wilcox, AZ as a Junior High math teacher. He then went on to teach in Reserve NM. During his stay at Reserve High School from 1970-1981 he was the head men’s basketball coach. He lead them to the state championship game on 5 occasions, winning the state title for Men’s High School Basketball Championship in 1972 and 1981. He was also awarded the New Mexico Coach of the year award on two occasions during his tenure there. Chuck was also proudly the Principal of Reserve Schools from 1976 until he left in 1981. It was during this time that Chuck was fortunate enough to meet his life partner, Kathrin Perez. They married in 1976 and welcomed their first born son, Hollis James, into their lives. After only a few more years they returned to Cliff. That same year they welcomed their daughter DesiRhea. Chuck has worn many hats in his life. These ranged from being a business owner, father, Principal, friend, brother, coach, teacher, school bus driver, and rancher. While in Cliff for the last 35 years he dedicated his life to this community and his family. He took so much pride in his the roles that he filled in this community, especially as a active member of the school system as a teacher and the Principal. He continued to run cattle on his ranch, much more so for the pleasure of doing what he did and less so for the actual meat production. Chuck truly believed that there is no place like home.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Kathrin. He is survived by his son Hollis Dinwiddie, his daughter DesiRhea Spurr, son-in-law Chris Spurr, and granddaughter Presley Spurr. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, “Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends”, 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM, 88061. 575-388-1911. Remembrances can be made at www.brightfuneral.net