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Obituary: Lt. Colin James Rice


Lt. Colin “Bubba” James Rice, age 35, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019.

He was born in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Dec. 15, 1983.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Enid and “Tuffy” Rice and Ralph Campbell; uncle, Brian Campbell; and beloved dog, Coco.

Colin is survived by his wife, Brittany Rice; parents, Stephen Rice and Anne Snyder; sons, Braylon Rice and Landon Rice; brothers, Ammon Rice and family, and Gabe Rice and family; sister, Stephanie Rice; grandmother, Maxine Campbell; and his dog Miley. Colin married Brittany Esswein on June 6, 2015, in Rio Rancho, N.M.

He was a lieutenant paramedic with the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Department for over seven years. He was given the New Mexico paramedic of the year award in 2016 and 2019.

Colin was an avid sports fan. He loved coaching his kids, watching basketball and football, and going fishing.

Colin was an active member of the community. He enjoyed coaching and teaching for the fire department.

Colin will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Chapel, 4310 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, 892-9920,