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Phil Covarrubias

By Pauline Rivera


Covarrubias was born and raised in Rocky Ford, the oldest of 14 children. Following high school Covarrubias moved to Denver and worked construction for two years, then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961. Covarrubias was discharged from the military on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. After his discharge he worked a series of various construction projects in Georgetown and during the construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel. He also worked at the Conoco Refinery from 1974 – 1980. That same year Covarrubias formed his own company, Covarrubias Backhoe. In 1993 he changed the name to Covarrubias Construction Service, Inc. (CCSI), and signed a contract with Denver International Airport. He has maintained a successful business and employs approximately 25 employees. He is a Master Mason, and the first Hispanic to lead a lodge. He is also a member of the oldest Hispanic organization S.P.M.D.T.U founded in Antonito, CO., an organization formed in early 1900 by northern New Mexico and southern Colorado residents as a form of life insurance for the community. Covarrubias is also one of the original founders of the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC). Covarrubias is involved with many organizations like S.P.M.D.T.U, the Denver Police Department, the Masons, Elks and the Arvada Midget Association. Many of these organizations offer scholarships to youth. Covarrubias and his wife Gloria like to spend time with family and friends. He is an avid golfer and owns a collection of 5,000+ baseball caps (promotional and otherwise). This collection may be the largest collection in the world.

About CCSI

Originally called Covarrubias Backhoe Company and later renamed CCSI, the company specializes in excavation, demolition, trucking, sewer and water lines and underground tank removal.

High School Experience

Covarrubias recalls Rocky High school as being 25 percent Latino. He experienced discrimination in his hometown of Rocky Ford. Covarrubias recalls a local merchant who said, “You’re just a Mexican kid and all you Mexicans are ever good for is field work.” He remembered this throughout his lifetime and used it as an incentive to do better.

Message to Youth

“Follow through with your education and don’t give up.”

Last Word

“I’m here to serve my community. I’m here to give back.”





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