Cy Scarborough
1927 - 2020
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Cy Scarborough passed away peacefully in his home in Durango, CO, the evening of May 18th with family and friends. He died of underlying health conditions at the age of 93. Cy was born in Horatio, AR. Preceded in death by his parents Wilbur & Maude Scarborough, one brother & one sister, son Mike Scarborough and his Ex-Wife Charlotte and Ex-Wife Mary. Cy is survived by his wife of 43 years Jeanne, sons Rick and Kevin, five grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, as well as other extended family and loved ones.

Cy left high school to join the Army in 1945 where he served as a combat engineer. After being discharged from the Army, he returned to school to receive his GED.

In his early 20's his dream of becoming a singing cowboy began when he started performing at the Flying W Chuckwagon in Colorado Springs. After many years he left the Flying W with two other entertainers, to establish the Bar D Chuckwagon in Durango. June 2, 1969 the Bar D Chuckwagon officially opened beneath the Red Cliffs of the Animas Valley. In the early years of the Bar D, Cy supplemented his income by performing in a dance band (39 yrs.), he printed the Durango Fundango for the Chamber, and plowed snow in their parking lot. As the success of the Chuckwagon grew, he devoted all of his time and efforts to improvements of the grounds, buildings, and the entertainment. One of his favorite additions was the playground where you'll find the swings and merry go round's that he designed and fabricated. Cy loved to make people happy and laugh, and he brought that magic to the stage, entertaining millions of guests over his 51 years at the Bar D. He & the Wranglers traveled to many performances including several times on the Grand Ole Opry, Atsugi Naval Base in Japan, and numerous other venues coast to coast. He received many awards over the years, both personally & on behalf of the

Bar D, for sharing his talents and generosity including Man of the Year and Business of the Year. Even when he stopped performing full time, he was still taking nightly performance requests and sitting in the wings listening to every show, encouraging the Wranglers to continue the Western Tradition.

In his spare time, he liked to work on tour busses, fabricating, welding, and maintaining the Bar D Chuckwagon to keep things running seamlessly. His favorite sports were Snowmobiling, 4 Wheeling, hiking the high peaks in the San Juan mountains, including Fourteeners. He enjoyed riding horseback on many of the trails too numerous to mention. In his later years, he was an avid Denver Bronco fan! During the last 43 years of performing & playing his wife, Jeanne was by his side doing it all with him.

Cy lived life to the fullest and filled his days with work, play, and sharing his passions with friends and family. We will miss his smile, the twinkle in his eye, his kindness, and his joy of living.

After the pandemic, we will have a Celebration of Life, details will be available in the future.



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Published in The Durango Herald on Jun. 11, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
I grew up in Durango. My parents Lou and Jolleen still live in Durango. I remember Cy from the Bar-D and consider him an intimate part of my childhood. I truly enjoyed his entertainment style and all of my family...cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and my son have all sat in the audience and watched him on stage. Not to mention that he also served us dinner as well. I have a painting by Buck Teeter at my house in Missouri and now it will remind us of better days spent among the pine trees and music in the mountains. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to have had met this man. I am sorry he is no longer with us ...however he left me and my family with many happy memories which will never be forgotten. God bless you Cy.
Ray Myers
July 7, 2020
I grew up in Durango and the Bar D was a favorite place....a treat for us to attend with out of town guests. The setting, the food and of course the music, led by CY was amazing!! I even remember hating square dancing in 3rd grade...Cy would come to Needham to call the dance. You touched the lives of many and many you did not even know. Great man!!
Chris Widdifield
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
am so, so sorry to hear of Cy's passing. I worked at the Chamber in the 80's and Cy and I became friends due to those ties. All of us LOVED the Bar D and we wanted every vacationer we knew to know that too! When I left Durango in the 90's a friend of mine gave me a Bar D coffee cup with my name on it. Every time I drink out of it I think of those wonderful times at the BarD. Much move and condoleses to the family of Cy Scarborough.
Mary Crotty
Friend
June 17, 2020
RIP Cy our family grew up taking friends and out of town family over all the years
I can remember opening night at the bar D it was a great place and still is
What a legacy for the area
Cy will be there forever
Greg porter
Acquaintance
June 17, 2020
What a man Cy was. He will be missed. Loved seeing him at the Bar D. I remember how hard he worked to save the Bar D during the Missionary Ridge fire.
Peggy Rieke
Friend
June 14, 2020
I've enjoyed Cy since the 50's in Colorado Springs and have been to Bar D several times and talked with Cy about old times. We have vinyl albums from the 60's at Flying W. I can always remember Cy singing "Who Spit Tobacco" and "It Could Only Be You." He was a great man. So glad I talked with him last year!
Acquaintance
June 13, 2020
I worked at Handlebar Cycle/ Motorsports where Cy and Jeanne were regular customers, Cy was always a guy you wanted to help due to his fun personality and quick wit. He was a supporter of many things and will be missed by many.
Jon Carmack
Friend
June 12, 2020
In 1969 Cy came into my camera shop, introduced himself, showed me a photo of his new Bar-D wranglers and asked if we could make a plate of
the photo to be used on brochures being printed. we visited many times over the years and discovered we were born only two months
and three hundred miles apart. Cy was a kind, generous man always
doing things to help our community. Chamber of Commerce members
were invited guests to the opening show every year. When I told Cy I had been to over one hundred shows and and asked if he thought I
should get a free ticket, he laughed and said he didn't think so.





what a guy, what a life. You are in my prayers each day Jeanne, I love you. charlie black, sedona
Charles Black
Friend
June 11, 2020
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Michael O'Neill
June 12, 2020
Dear Rick and family.
I was so sorry to hear of Cy's passing. He was an icon in the Durango music scene and the Bar D. Him and that crazy toilet seat will be in the minds of so many people who enjoyed his entertainment and I know you will miss him so much. I pray for you to smile at his memory and feel his presence in all the things he created over his life and career. Durango has lost a real treasure.
Delia Bell
Delia Bell
Friend
June 11, 2020
took the granddaughters to the Bar D last summer, and they just loved it. Especially Cy singing a funny song, great memories. R.I.P. Cy. ( the Miller's)
Roger A Miller
Acquaintance
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