Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Thomas F. Garcia “Yogi”

Thomas F. Garcia “Yogi” peacefully left us on February 20, 2018 with his family by his side.
Tom was born on July 26th, 1957 to Manuel and Lena Garcia. Many knew him as “Yogi”, a name he’s had since he was a child playing Little League that name just stuck. ”Yogi” dedicated 34 years of his life to the Raton Water Works. Every time you saw the big white water truck, you knew it was him! Tom’s passion was music, especially the drums. He played with several bands across New Mexico/Colorado area such as: Charisma, One Night Stand, Triple Shot, Special Blend, Climax Canyon Band, D’Javu and Tobacco Road. “Yogi” was a dedicated San Francisco 49’s fan, as his room and hard hat surely did show. He was loved by many, and never knew a stranger.
“Yogi” is survived by parents Manuel and Lena Garcia. Children; Cassie Nicole and Thomas (Brody) Garcia, and the mother of his children Lola Garcia. Granddaughter Tiyonie Rodriguez, who he called “Buggy”. Sisters; Deborah Archuleta, Stephanie Garcia and Juan who was his care-giver and was a lot of help during the time Tom was sick. Niece; Natasha Archuleta and her father Chris Archuleta. Special Aunt; Marie Sena, and significant other. Gloria Sanchez, who loved him and held his hand till the end.
He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends, to many to mention. Tom is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Orlando and Grace Sena, and Paternal Grandparents, Poncho and Rachael Garcia.
We will forever miss his laughs, his jokes, his music, his walk, his many hats, and seeing him in the Big White Water truck.
May you rest in Peace, Bear!
Visitation for Thomas F. Garcia “Yogi” will be on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.
Memorial Service for Thomas F. Garcia “Yogi” will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February, 26th, 2018 in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home with Gilbert Chavez and Joe Williams Officiating.
Arrangements for Thomas F. Garcia “Yogi” are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Juan Gilbert Maestas, Jr.

Juan Gilbert Maestas, Jr. Age 52, died on Monday, January 8, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Trinity Fellowship Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Terrell Jones, pastor officiating.

MaestasJrJuanJuan Gilbert Maestas, Jr. was born on September 7, 1966 in Clayton, New Mexico to Juan G. Maestas, Sr. and Rosalie (Gonzales) Maestas. Juan graduated from Clayton High School in 1984 and moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1986 where he met and married Becky Doherty. They were married for twenty three years until her passing in 2009. Juan moved back to Clayton from Lubbock in 2012 and reconnected with his High School Sweetheart Elaine Sanchez. Juan and Elaine resided in Clayton until March of 2017 and lived in Portales until the time of his passing. Juan worked in retail for most of his life until he was unable to work due to epilepsy.


PARENTS: Juan G. And Rosalie Maestas of Clayton, New Mexico.

4 SISTERS: Paula Ballew of Clayton, New Mexico, Connie Resch and her husband Craig of Columbus, Ohio, Mary White and her husband John of Staples, Minnesota and Norma Maestas-Grapp and her husband Steve of London, Ohio.

HIS COMPANION: Elaine Sanchez of Portales, New Mexico.

1 niece and several nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In Loving Memory of Herbert P. “Herby” Butt

Herbert P. “Herby” Butt, age 53, died on Monday, February 19, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

ButtHerbyHerbert P. “Herby” Butt was born on July 29, 1964 in Clayton, New Mexico to John Page Butt and Cyvilla (Garst) Butt. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1982 and moved to Fort Worth where he attended vocational college for a couple of years. He then returned to Clayton for a few years and then moved to Albuquerque where he lived for the last 25 years. Herby worked as an electrician and installed commercial fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems all over the state of New Mexico. He loved to fly airplanes and received flight instruction and soloed once but never found the time to finish getting his license. Herby was preceded in death by his father on September 13, 1972, his mother on December 6, 1994, a brother John F. Butt on August 3, 1991, and a niece Tawnya Butt in February of 1974.


1 BROTHER: Thomas P. “Tom” Butt and his wife Michelle of Whitt, Texas.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Patty Butt of Roswell, New Mexico.

3 NEPHEWS: Jeff Page and his wife Zane of Aledo, Texas, John Butt of Phoenix, Arizona and Tige Butt of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1 GREAT-NIECE: Elle Page of Aledo, Texas.

1 GREAT-NEPHEW: Carter Page of Aledo, Texas.

And numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

In Loving Memory of Betty Mae Tapia

Betty Mae Tapia, age 69, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home on February 15, 2019 .

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado on September 23, 1948 to Mary (Chavez) and Leo Aragon.

She attended area schools graduating from Trinidad High School in 1966.

She was employed as a nurse aide and ward clerk at Mt. San Rafael Hospital for 25 years until her retirement.

TapiaBettyMaeOn July 10, 1971, Betty was united in marriage to Isidro Tapia at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad, Colorado.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, card games and traveling to Cripple Creek.

Betty was a camera buff and liked to take pictures.

She loved her family and always attended her sons and grandchildrens sports event.

Preceding her in death are parents Leo Aragon, Mary Zamora, husband Isidro Tapia Sr., son Isidro Tapia Jr. grandmother Clorinda Chavez, mother and father in law, Pat and Mike Tapia, nephew Richard Bradley, nieces Becky Aguilar and Renee Aguilar,

Survivors are son James (Andrea) Tapia, Co. Springs, CO, grandsons, Marcus Festi, Michael Tapia, Anthony Tapia, Noah Tapia, sister Agnes Vallejos, Trinidad, CO, brother Ben (Joanne) Aragon, Trinidad, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be Friday February 23, 2018 at 10AM at Holy Trinity church.,

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Mark Hernandez, Mike Hernandez, Michael Tapia, Damon Bradley, Les Aguilar, Tim Tapia and Danny Aguilar

Active pallbearers are Larry Vallejos Jr., Luke Vallejos, Marcus Festi, Travis Aragon, Brian Tapia and Zane Bazanele.

Arrangement made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Eppie Lucero

Eppie Lucero, 73 entered into Heaven on Friday, Feb. 16th 2018 in San Antonio, TX. Eppie was born to Daniel & Mary Lucero in Colfax County, NM on the 6th day Jan. 1945.

Eppie was accomplished at engineering and often a Jack of all trades that traveled throughout the USA. He enjoyed the sport of boxing, playing his guitar in different bands & writing songs for his wife. Eppie always put other people’s needs first, offering advice & guidance throughout his life. He loved hunting, fishing & 4 wheeling with his sons. Eppie also enjoyed conversing & spending time with his many friends.

LuceroEppieHe was passionate about his loving wife, Lorena Lucero, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren who loved all aspects of life.

Eppie was survived by his wife Lorena Lucero of San Antonio, TX; children Danny Joe Lucero & wife Lynette Lucero of Tavares, Florida; Arthur Lucero of Tucumcari, NM; James Lucero of Raton, NM; Eppie Jr of Raton, NM; Mark Lucero & wife Tory Lucero of Raton, NM; Mike Olivarez & wife Rebecca Olivarez of Pueblo, CO; Dolores Gonzales & husband Carl Gonzales of Maxwell, NM; Ramona Ornelas & husband Eric Ornelas of San Antonio, TX; Bobby Salzaer Sr. & wife Bernie Salazer; siblings Alex Lucero of Raton, NM; Laura Cruz & husband Art Cruz of Fritch, TX; Freddy Lucero & Annette of Albuquerque, NM; Anthony Lucero & fiancé Michelle of Clovis, NM; his 29 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Eppie is preceded by his mother Mary Lucero and his father Daniel Lucero, brother Robert Lucero.

Memorial service to be announced at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Billy Clyde Selders

Billy Clyde Selders, age 89, died on Friday, February 16, 2018 in Deming, New Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

Selders Billy 1Billy Clyde Selders was born on January 28, 1929 in Clayton, New Mexico to Earl Alva Selders and Ollie L. (Brotherton) Selders. They moved to Escondido, California when Billy was a child and lived in California for several years. He served in the US Navy before returning to Clayton. Billy married Thelma I “Betty” (Hederskog) Selders on September 10, 1953 in Clayton and she preceded him in death on August 18, 1972. Billy and Thelma fostered several children together. Billy married Juanita A. (Goodyear) Selders on June 13, 1991 in Raton, New Mexico and she preceded him in death on February 1, 2016. Billy worked for Kilburn Funeral Home in Clayton for several years and then together with Buck Curry started the EMS program in Union County and trained numerous EMT’s over several years. He worked as an LPN at the nursing home in Clayton for many years and then returned to the funeral business working for Hass Funeral Home until last year when he moved to southern New Mexico to live with his son Fred. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Clayton for several years. In addition to his two wives and parents, Billy was preceded in death by 3 daughters; Loretta Aragon, Wanda Aragon, and Sandy Rodriguez, 4 brothers; Louis, Philip, Fred & Melvin and 2 sisters; Agnes & Bertha.


2 SONS: Fred Selders and Cathy of Deming, New Mexico and Arthur Plunkett, Jr. of Amarillo, Texas.

4 DAUGHTERS: Vernadell Stoneman and her husband Cleo of Dalhart, Texas, Cynthia Cripe & John of Kansas City, Missouri, Delinda Boque of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Yvonne Plunkett of Clayton, New Mexico.

20 GRANDCHILDREN: Angela, Bessie, Dwayne, Beverly, Lorraine, Isabell, Tanna, Troy, Karl, Travis, Melanie, Louisa, Candace, Justin, Jasmine, Brittani, Joe, Jared, Fred and Heather.

And several Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren.

In Loving Memory of Louis Macchietto

Louis Macchietto, age 83, met his heavenly father on February 14, 2018 at home surrounded by his family in Midland, Texas after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Born March 26, 1934 at home in Sopris, Colorado, the son of Albert and Annie (Martorano) Macchietto. He enlisted in the Army in August 1956, served in Korea, and served for 2 years. On July 2nd, 1960 he married the love of his life Betty Garner.

Lou retired after 38 years from Safeway in Trinidad, CO. His main passions in life were his family, the Broncos, fishing, and cars.

MacchiettoLouisHe is survived in death by his children Byron (Della) Macchietto and his children Roy and Sara, Jennifer (Randy) White and their children Chad and Megan, and 3 great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Byron A, and Mallory. Also surviving are his beloved sister and brother Alberta (John) Smith and Chuck (Sheila) Macchietto.

He is preceded in death by his parents, nephew Dale, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Tuesday February 20th, 2018 from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Wednesday February 21st,2018 at 9AM at Comi Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday February 21st, 2018 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Active pallbearers are Chad Vecellio, Cody Anthony, Jeff Cuccia, Brett Macchietto, Chris Macchietto, and Steve Girodo.

Honorary pallbearers are his former employees and friends at Safeway.

The family wishes for all attending funeral mass to please wear red, Lou’s favorite color, or Denver Broncos apparel.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Juan Reinaldo “Ronnie” Armijo

Juan Reinaldo “Ronnie” Armijo, went to be with Our Dear Lord on February 6th, 2018. Juan was born on March 3rd, 1958 to Ray and Prexedes Armijo in Raton, New Mexico.
Ronnie graduated in 1976 and enlisted into the United States Army for 4 years, he completed Basic Training in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. He was stationed in Germany and Fort Carson, Colorado. Ronnie was active in many Veteran Affairs Activities.
Ronnie was also a Coal Miner for many years and a truck driver for various companies. His passion was his artwork and many talents in leather and bead work. He received many award on his drawings from the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Veteran Creative Arts’ Festival out of Albuquerque. We recently sent off his newest drawing for this year in hopes of 1st place, as he has received 2nd and 3rd place in the past few years.
ArmijoJuanHe loved to show off his art to everyone, he gave away many drawing to his family and friends. Ronnie loved his motorcycle and motorcycle families. He belonged to the Christians Motorcyclists’ Association and attended all events that the club sponsored.
Our brother never turned down a conversation and always made everyone he met a friend. Ronne loved his family more than life itself.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Prexedes Armijo, Sister Rose Sena and brother in law Alfonso Padilla. He is survived by his children; Valerie (Richard) Cardenas, Juan Reinaldo Armijo Jr. and Victor Pablo Armijo. Grandchildren; Isaac and Ian Cardenas, Zandra and Cyrus Armijo, Destiney Kown, Ariana, Armijo, Kiana Armijo and Kiana Jaramillo. His lovely Girlfriend Sharon Romo that he adored. Also surviving, are is siblings; Frances Salazar, Johnny (Mary) Armijo, Helen (Vivian) Segura, Judy (Duane) Arguello, Victoria Padilla, Ernie (Carol) Salazar, Connie Guara, Peaches Lucinda (Filbert) Ford Jr. Numerous nephews and nieces and a host of family and friends.
Honorary Pall bears: Virginia Candelario, Ted Candelario, Tommy Paiz, Robert durance, Matt Jolley, Mark Nelson, Mike Garcia, and Rose Bernal.
Memorial Service for Juan Reinaldo “Ronnie” Armijo with be on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home, with Monty McGowen, Officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery.
Dinner will be held at the Sweet Shop in Raton, NM immediately following the committal services at Fairmont Cemetery.
Arrangements for Juan Reinaldo “Ronnie” Armijo are under the direction the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of “Bill”, William Mark Easton

Bill, William Mark Easton, age 74, died on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Bill was born on March 7, 1943 in Belmont, New York to Richard Orian Easton and Lucy Rosalie (West) Easton. He grew up in Vincennes, Indiana and graduated from the Broadview Academy in La Fox, Illinois. Bill married Dorothy Lee (Wendler) Easton on December 22, 1963 in Brookfield, Illinois. He worked for Stocker Hinge Manufacturing in Brookfield for 25 years. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona for a couple of years and then to Hamilton, Montana. Bill was a licensed Electrician and Plumber and was also a carpenter. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking while they lived in Montana and he loved fixing and repairing things, he was always available for someone if they needed any help. Bill was an all around jack of all trades, if you needed something fixed, you knew to call Bill. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by 1 sister; Sylvia Phillips, 2 brothers; Dick Easton and Pete Easton and by a daughter-in-law; Heather Easton.


WIFE: Dorothy Easton of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 DAUGHTERS: Karla Robison and her husband Monte of Ocala, Florida and Julia Gates and her husband Robert of Burleson, Texas.

2 SONS: William Mark Easton and his wife Trisha of Bozeman, Montana and Brent Easton of Happy Valley, Oregon.

8 GRANDCHILDREN: Ian Robison, Katie Robison, Robert Gates IV, James Gates, Gemma Easton, Chloe Easton, Blake Easton and Annalise Easton.

1 SISTER: Mary Kripps

3 BROTHERS: Don Easton, Dave Easton and John Easton.

And many nieces and nephews.

In Loving Memory of Teresa Elizabeth Jones

Teresa Elizabeth Jones, age 65 of Raton, passed away Monday February 12, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. She was born February 23, 1952 in Raton, NM, the daughter of Arthur and Anna M. Zeppa-Iacobelli. She was a member of the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Arthur Iacobelli Jr., Eugene Iacobelli, David Iacobelli, and Joseph Iacobelli. Teresa is survived by her husband Ronald D. Jones of the home, son Gregory A. Jones and wife Laurel of Pueblo West, CO, sisters, Carol Williams and husband Doug of Ft. Collins, CO, niece Ann Marie Baker of Fort Collins, Janet Hamilton of Longmont, CO, and nephew Ron Iacobelli and wife Janet of Raton. Brother in-law Gary Jones and wife Marilyn of Springer, NM, nieces Karen McCutcheon of Rio Rancho, NM, and Leslie Bates and husband Mike of Tejeras, NM.

Teresa attended St. Patrick’s Catholic school from kindergarten to 8th grade, and graduated from Raton High School in 1970. She loved working at La Mesa Park in the summer. She received her associates degree from Trinidad State Junior College. Teresa worked for Dr. John Robertson DDS, Raton Public Service, Raton Natural Gas, and was a substitute teacher for the Raton Schools. Teresa married her husband of 44 years, Ronald D. Jones, in 1974. They had their son Gregory in 1978. While her son was growing up she dedicated herself to being a great mother and homemaker.

Teresa Jones

Teresa Jones

Teresa loved to travel with her husband and son, and they made many enjoyable trips together. Teresa loved to paint pictures of beautiful landscapes in NM. She also enjoyed ceramics, knitting, taking photos, her computer, carrying on a good conversation, playing Jeopardy with her husband and son, trying new activities, and laughing with family and friends.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Services and celebration of love for Teresa E. Jones are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.