Lucien Eugene Bernard “Lou” passed away on March 31, 2021, at the age of 82 to be home with the Lord. He was born at home in Sutton, Vermont, on October 20, 1938. He was living in Maybell, Colorado, at the time of his passing.
Growing up, Lucien loved sharing adventures with his seven siblings. He was also passionate about drawing from an early age. When he was 8, he drew a detailed drawing of Jesus upon a front window of his Albany, New York, home that was so beautiful people stopped to gaze upon it.
Lucien joined the U.S. Army in 1957. While stationed in North Carolina, he met his wife, Phyllis Jackson, and they were married on December 6, 1958. They had four daughters: Pam, Karen, Crystal and Cheri.
In the military, Lucien was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. Injured during a jump, Lucien went on to the Vermont Military Academy to become a captain in the U.S. Army and later the Operating Engineers. He served two tours in Vietnam where he received two Bronze Star Medals for service in recognition for his work with orphans.
After the military, Lucien did many things, including owning his own coffee shop and pizza shop. His passion for cooking became a major part of the rest of his life.
He went on to community college and received his chef’s certification. He also enjoyed country-western dancing and even taught his daughters how to two-step for their father-daughter dance at their weddings.
Lucien found real purpose for life when he was introduced to Jesus Christ. His passion for Jesus became his entire life. Lucien moved to Kodiak, Alaska, where he worked for the Kodiak Baptist Mission. What was to be a short trip became home to him for the next 25 years. His time began as a chef for the other volunteers visiting the mission throughout the year. It was at this time that he created his Saturday breakfast for anyone on the island. Every Saturday, locals would come to the pavilion for breakfast.
He went on to begin serving those who struggled with addictions of all kinds. He created the Lion Tamers and Celebrate Recovery in Kodiak. His desire to help people who struggled with alcoholic and drug addictions was a passion until he passed. He saved so many souls from addictions and brought these same people to the foot of the cross of Jesus. This passion is the legacy that he leaves behind.
Lucien is preceded in death by his parents William and Lilieth Bernard, and siblings Irene Morin Colbert, Sylvia Bernard, Leo Morin, Richard Bernard and William Bernard.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Phyllis Goodwin, sister Jackie Williams of Little River, South Carolina, and brother David Bernard, also of Little River, and four daughters: Pamela Vert of Roseville, California; Karen Becker of Calimesa, California; Crystal Mayo of Yucaipa, California; and Cheri Strong of Maybell, Colorado.
He also leaves a legacy of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grandchildren: Christopher Shaw, Derek Becker, Kaitlin Wagner, Macy Dortch, Toby Becker, Carly Wagner and Kevin Wagner. Great-grandchildren: Cash Becker, Memphis Becker, Eve’ah Rogers and Jacorey Rogers.
There will be a private memorial in the summer on Kodiak Island where we will scatter his ashes into the sea of his beloved island. There will also be a presenting of arms at Riverside National Cemetery in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to KAMP. This is a youth mentor program on Kodiak Island. Please see website: http://www.kodiakmentors.org/.