Published: 2:53 pm, Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017Updated: 2:49 pm
Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Terpening & Son Chapel for Bernardo Jose Howard of Artesia.
Howard, 54, passed away the evening of Friday, April 14, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas, with both of his daughters by his side.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Bernardo was born May 17, 1962, in Sidgewick County, Wichita, Kans., to Dan and Enedena (Chavez) Howard.
As a teen, Bernardo excelled academically and as an athlete. He attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kans. There, he made a huge impact on the community and his peers. He participated in multiple activities throughout his school, including baseball, basketball, track and field, and choir. He set multiple school records, which still stand to this day.
Following his graduation, Bernardo signed to play professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies. He went on to play for the Phillies for four years. Upon leaving the organization, Bernardo relocated to Artesia.
Once here, he was blessed with two daughters. Shortly after the birth of the second, Bernardo enrolled in college to pursue a medical degree. He served in the medical industry for 22 years before his health and sight began to decline. He was diagnosed with diabetes and was declared legally blind in his late 40s.
Even faced with blindness, Bernardo enrolled in the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Alamogordo and National American University in pursuit of his second bachelor’s degree. He went on to graduate from NMSBVI, as well as from NAU with a 4.0 GPA and honors.
Anyone who knew Bernardo knew he was full of life, love and laughter. He loved to sing and dance with his grandchildren. Bernardo could always be seen with a smile on his face and his heart on his sleeve.
Survivors include daughters Santana Howard and Sahara Howard (Skye Huerta); fiancée Mary Matthews; sisters Patty Howard, and Maria Howard and husband Eddie; all six of his brothers, Daniel Lee Howard and wife Theresa, David Howard, Armando Howard and wife Latonya, Michael Howard, Roberto Howard, and Rick King; and grandchildren Ayden J’siah Howard, J’syn Trae Huerta and Mi’Reyah Aryanna Ochoa.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.