Paul Conquering Bear was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota on May 8, 1980. An enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, Paul grew up in Brighton, Colorado. He was initiated into the Denver Indian community as a young traditional dancer and was a proud member of the Denver Indian Singers. He made many friends and relatives in the community and it was there where he found his life’s greatest fulfillment. He loved to dance and sing and he was always quick to crack a joke and make you laugh. Paul believed in the youth and the importance of understanding the traditional ways. He understood his role as a teacher and he passed on his knowledge to his nieces, nephews in the family and in the community. He taught dance class and drum group and gave lessons in beadwork and leatherwork.
Paul was a journeyman plumber and for the past 6 years worked for RK Mechanical out of Denver where his work ethic was highly regarded and his nature endeared him to his RK family.
Paul is survived by his son, Wambli Martinez; his mom, Christina Conquering Bear; wife Candace and children Casey, Juan and Anna; siblings Phillip and Lydia Reyna, Junior and Angel Conquering Bear, Vince (Lee) Reyna and Theresa Rademacher as well and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the conduit of peace, a bridge between broken relationships or difficult situations. He was the lightness in the family. His laughter, his humor, his song, his humility leaves an emptiness that cannot be replaced.
A wake in Paul's honor will be on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m., continuing until Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at 157 Buchanan Avenue, Firestone, Colorado 80520. Graveside ceremonies will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Fort Lupton, Colorado.
The family is accepting financial contributions on their behalf by calling Tabor Funeral Home at 303.654.0112.
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