On the morning of 5 November 2022, Bruce Martin Wolgamot passed peacefully from this world at his home in Edgewood, New Mexico at 62 years old. His domestic partner of 30+ years, Ms. Stacey Erm, was by his side. Also present was Ms. Linda Williams (sister of Ms. Erm) along with long-time friends, Mr. Kevin Chapman, and Mr. David Johnny. Mr. Terry Weltman (long-time friend) and Mr. Randall Wolgamot (brother) were present through audio.
Bruce was born to Myrna Ethel Wolgamot and Jack Elmer Wolgamot at Kenton, Ohio in 1960. He was the youngest of five sons; Gary Lee Wolgamot, Ross Elliott Wolgamot, Randall Lynn Wolgamot, and Jeffrey Lyle Wolgamot. Bruce later moved with his mother and brothers to Salem, Oregon where he attended school and received his High School diploma.
He married Kathleen Hannon in 1985. Together, they had two sons, Jeffrey James Wolgamot (born 1998) and Kenneth Lyle Wolgamot (born 1991). The couple later separated and divorced.
Bruce is preceded in death by his mother, father, and his two oldest brothers, Gary Lee Wolgamot and Ross Elliott Wolgamot. His survivors include two sons, Jeffrey James Wolgamot and Kenneth Lyle Wolgamot along with two living brothers, Randall Lynn Wolgamot and Jeffrey Lyle Wolgamot. Other survivors include nieces and nephews along with a myriad of other family and close friends.
In 1982, Bruce joined the United States Air Force, attending the Air Force Basic Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas where he assigned to the Financial Management Specialty. In the same year, he was sent to train at the Air Force Technical School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas and followed by his first duty assignment to Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. His career continued with assignments in Germany to include Zweibrucken Air Base and Bitburg Air Base. His next, final assignment was at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He retired from the military in 2002.
Upon retirement, Bruce immediately began work as an Air Force contractor to the Air Force Research Laboratory. Four years later, he became a federal government employee serving the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Bruce gained notoriety for his unsurpassable professionalism with countless, recurring recognitions. He earned subordinates, peers, and leaders respect and trust in accomplishing the Air Force mission.
For 29 years, Bruce made his home in Edgewood, NM. Bruce was an amazing mentor, he provided advice with influence on the careers and positive change in the lives of many. He was meticulous for research and had an astounding ability to absorb complex information at first read. Bruce was a loyal fan of the Oregon Ducks and the Raiders, citing the team’s pivotal moments. He enjoyed gun collecting and was an avid vintage music fan, attending
many iconic concerts. Bruce’s cool demeanor and quick humor was usually accompanied by a hardy chuckle, sparkling eyes, and a radiant smile. All these things and much more will keep Bruce forever in our hearts and minds forever.
Bruce Martin Wolgamot will be laid to rest with honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery on 12 December 2022 at 12:30pm. A separate Celebration of Life service will be conducted at a later date in Albuquerque area.