Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Ramiro Esquivel-Ortiz, Sr.

Ramiro Esquivel-Ortiz, Sr., age 81, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Borger, Texas.

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. following the Rosary at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

ramiro esquivelRamiro Esquivel-Ortiz, Sr. was born on May 17, 1936 in Rancha La Alameda Mpio De Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico to Tomas Esquivel and Aurora (Ortiz) Esquivel. He loved his job working as a cowboy and later as the night watchman at Union County Feedlot for over 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. Ramiro loved his children and all of his grandchildren. He always enjoyed making people laugh. Ramiro was preceded in death by his parents and by 5 siblings; Baltazar Esquivel, Jesus Esquivel, Florinda Esquivel Antonia Esquivel and Florinda Esquivel that died as a young girl.


1 DAUGHTER: Ana Laura Cruz and her husband James of Fritch, Texas.

1 SON: Ramiro Esquivel, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Borger, Texas.

8 GRANDCHILDREN: Jasmine Cruz, Hannah Cruz, Hunter Cruz, Nautia Cruz, Nathan Cruz, Noah Cruz, Jazmine Esquivel and Paris Esquivel.

5 BROTHERS: Tomas Esquivel of Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico, Gonzalo Esquivel of Leander, Texas, Gaspar Esquivel of Austin, Texas and Oscar Esquivel and Roberto Esquivel both of Clayton, New Mexico.

5 SISTERS: Esperanza Maynes and Aurora Solis both of Clayton, New Mexico, Cristina Santos of Kyle, Texas, Argelia Herrera of Austin, Texas and Estela Esquivel of Monterrey, Mexico.

And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

In Loving Memory of Francis Patrick “Rick” Harvey, Jr.

Francis Patrick “Rick” Harvey, Jr., age 63, died Monday, July 17, 2017, at his home in Mt. Dora, New Mexico.

There will be a Life Celebration at the Ranch, 233 Kimble Rd, Grenville, NM 88424, on July 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM Central Standard Time. Cremation was by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Harvey Francis PatrickFrancis Patrick “Rick” Harvey Jr. was born in Borger, Texas to Francis Patrick “Pat” Harvey Sr. and Alice VanDerVoort Harvey on February 23, 1954. He graduated Borger High School in 1972 and continued his education by receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from Texas Tech University in 1976. Rick’s heart’s desire was to be a cowboy and he did it well. He loved being a part of the Poole Family for almost 20 years. His destiny was fulfilled when he moved to Mt. Dora, where he spent the last years of his life doing what he loved. Riding good horses, looking after the cattle, the land, and having his family and friends visiting on the porch while enjoying the vast views were the things he most enjoyed. Home was where his heart was and that was where he met his Savior on July 17, 2017. Rick was proceeded in death by his parents, Pat and Alice Harvey.


He is survived by his wife, Robin, son, Sean and his wife Sandy and their three daughters, of Brock, Texas, daughter, Raechel Harvey Walton and her husband Cody of Clyde, Texas and their two daughters, a son, and another daughter to be born in September. He is also survived by Jaclyn Bell and her son, and Casey and Matt Wills and their son and daughter, all of Joshua, Texas. He is also survived by sister, Laura and her husband Max Evans of Kingwood, Texas, a brother, Jay Harvey and his wife Jeanene Smith of Austin, Texas, and sister, Elise and her husband Ronnie Myers of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS: In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Rick’s Memory to the charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory of Robert T. Gonzales

Robert T. Gonzales, age 80, passed away at home on July 17, 2017.

He is survived by sons, David (Mary) Gonzales, Robert Gonzales, Jimmy Gonzales, daughter Christine Elaine Gonzales, grandchildren, Amber (Justin) Apodaca, Evangeline Schaffer (Brandon Jackson) Michael Schaffer, Desiree (Matt) Gutierrez, great grandchildren, Peyton Apodaca and Brooklyn Apodaca, special friend Jerry DelMastro, numerous other relatives and friends.

Private family services and inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Suzanne Buchanan

Suzanne Buchanan, age 90, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

buchanan sSuzanne (Wilkinson) Buchanan was born on February 4, 1927 in Spring Green, Wisconsin to Walter John Wilkinson and Thelma Jeanette (Myers) Wilkinson. She married Richard Stuart Buchanan in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and he preceded her in death in 1999. Suzanne attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas. She lived overseas for several years in Egypt, Libya and Australia and she loved to travel all over the world. She and her husband Richard formerly lived in Mansfield Texas for 30 years after he retired from the Oil business. In addition to her parents, Suzanne was preceded in death by a sister; Rosemary Baker and a brother; Jack Wilkinson.


3 DAUGHTERS: Jo Ann Buchanan and her husband Richard Jones of Dallas, Texas, Susan Craig and her husband Ted of Arlington, Texas and Lisa Curran and her husband Lorne of Eugene, Oregon.

5 GRANDCHILDREN: Tanya Sue Sze and her husband Michael of Dallas, Texas, Steven Rodak of Rowlett, Texas, Patrick Culley of Dallas, Texas, Levi Curran of Portland, Oregon and Dylan Curran of Seattle, Washington.

2 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Jaden Sze and Nadia Sze both of Dallas, Texas.

In Loving Memory of Darrell Green

Darrell Green, age 71, died Monday, July 10, 2017, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

Darrell Green was born on May 31, 1946 in Lamar, Colorado to Gilford Green and Leona (Hughes) Green. After he graduated from high school he joined the US Navy and served during the Vietnam War. When he returned from the war, Darrell worked in ship yards building ships for several years and then went to work in the construction field where he worked most of his life. He lived in Clayton, New Mexico for the last ten years. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents and by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.


1 SON: Dr. Randy Green of Syracuse, New York.

2 SISTERS: Debra Kay Reed of Maud, Oklahoma and Elsie Jurajda of Trinidad, Colorado.

2 BROTHERS: Wayne Green of Macomb, Oklahoma and Kenny Green of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In Loving Memory of Bennie J. Lopez

Bennie J. Lopez age 87 of Raton, passed away Thursday July 13, 2017 in Raton.
lopez bennieHe was born July 30, 1930 in Maxwell, NM, the son of Clodoveo and Socorro Salazar-Lopez. He was a life time Maxwell resident and retired from the Santa Fe Railroad as track supervisor after forty two years of service.

He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores and brothers Joe R. Lopez and Alfred M. Lopez . He is survived by brother Francisco Lopez of Los Angeles, CA. and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday July 17, 2017 from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette, Mass of the resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Maxwell Cemetery.

Services and celebration of love for Bennie J. Lopez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Bertha E. Gonzales

Bertha E. Gonzales, passed  away at home surrounded by her family, on July 3, 2017. She was 92.

She was  born in Valdez, Colorado on September 14, 1924, the daughter of Eloisa (Garcia) and Esequiel Arguello.

gonzales BerthaBertha loved to cook and care for her family.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting , sewing and playing Seek A Word.

She  was also an avid Colorado Rockies Fan.

Bertha was very spiritual and devout woman.  She spent much of her time praying.

Preceding her in death are parents, Eloisa and Esequiel  Arguello, husband Sam Gonzales, and sisters Elvera Sena and Estella Vigil.

Survivors are children, Sam Gonzales, Denver, CO, Judy Baca, Trinidad, CO, Bernard Gonzales, Trinidad, CO, grandchildren, Maria Baca, Joyce (Jon) Garcia, Cindy 
Gonzales, Bernie (Kim)  Gonzales Jr., Bernadette Gonzales (Ian) Watermeier, great grandchildren, Andrew Mestas, Madeline Garcia, Brodie Gonzales, Kendall Gonzales, special friend and daughter Linda Barron, numerous nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi  Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers are Ben Mestas, Ian Watermeier, Bob Gonzales and Salvador Guzman.

Active pallbearers are Bernie Gonzales Jr., Andrew Mestas, Alonzo Mestas, Cindy Gonzales, Jon Garcia and Paul Valdez.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi  Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Leo Fred Romero Sr.

Leo Fred Romero Sr. age 87, of Raton, NM, passed away on July 12, 2017.


Leo was born on May 11, 1930 in Shoemaker, NM to Henriquez and Carolina Romero.


Leo is survived by his wife of the family home Erlinda S. Romero. He is also survived by his daughters; Carolyn Paula and husband Ronnie of Arvada, CO. Donna A. Thiel and husband Gary of Littleton, CO. Nichole R. Romero and Caylene Romero of Raton, NM. Son; Fred Romero Jr. and wife Joann of Aurora, CO. Sister; Emily Martinez of Albuquerque, NM. Brother; Henry Romero of Raton, NM. 5 -Grandchildren; Lisa Dewitt and husband Ken, Bryan Rossetti and wife Amanda, Christine Golden and husband Cody, Joshua Rossetti. 5- Great-Grandchildren; Brooke Sanders, Angelea Sanders, Haylie Rossetti, Vinnie Rossetti and Chase Golden. 

Viewing will be on July 16, 2017, form 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home. Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be on Sunday July 16, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy


Funeral Home, recited by Deacon Tom Alderette. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be on Monday July 17, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, NM. With Father Bill Woytavich, Officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment to follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. 
Arrangements for Leo Fred Romero Sr. are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Aerial Valdez

Aeriel Valdez, age 31, passed away on July 10, 2017.

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado on December 17, 1985 to Kathee M.Gutierrez and Steve V. Valdez.

She attended area school graduating from Trinidad High School in 2004.

She then attended TSJC receiving her AA degree in Cosmetology in 2008.

She loved styling hair and doing nails. 

Aeriel was an avid reader and she had a thirst for learning.  She liked researching the internet for information.

Aeriel KeiferShe loved her daughters more than anything in the world.  She always liked being with all her family, her children, sisters and brother.

Aeriel `was a free spirit.  She loved all people especially the elderly.

Her kindness and gentleness will be missed all who were fortunate to have had her in their lives.

Preceding her in death is husband Jesse Kiefer, grandfathers Eddie Gutierrez, Nash Valdez, grandmother Lucy Torres, cousins Theron Valdez and Jeannie Gonzales.

Left to cherish her memory are parents Kathee Gutierrez-Adams, Steve (Tammy) Valdez, daughters Madison and Jessie, siblings, Chessiemay Gutierrez-Adams, Carli Valdez, Steven Valdez, grandparents, Evelyn Valdez  (Ray Lopez) , Isabelle Gutierrez, mother and father in law, Virginia and Rich Baca numerous aunts, uncles, cousins other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 21, 2017, at 1PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Private family inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Dorothy Frances Encinias

Dorothy Frances Encinias, age 71 of Raton, passed away Tuesday July 4, 2017 in Raton. She was born July 17, 1945 in Raton, NM, the daughter of Tercio and Abelina Lopez-Encinias. Dorothy was a home maker, and loved Spanish Music, playing lotto games, casinos and spending time with her family. She enjoyed puzzles with her little sidekick Charity.

encinias dShe is preceded in death by her son, James, sister, Lucy Bisconti Vit, and nephews, Michael and Louie and Nathan Martinez and grandson Xavier Jaramillo and brother in law Robert Martinez. She is survived by three daughters, Marsha Trujillo and husband Andrew, of Raton, Esther Martinez of Raton and Christina Gallegos. Two sons, Raymond Jaramillo of St. Stockton, TX, and Albert Gallegos and wife Lorrie, and Sister Arsenia Martinez. Along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren
Recitation of the most Holy Rosary will be Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel recited by Larry Guara. A memorial service will follow at 10:00 A.M. Inurnment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Dorothy Frances Encinias are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.