Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Thomas John Morrow

Thomas John Morrow passed away January 25, 2017 at MorningStar Senior Living in Boise, Idaho.  He was 85 years old.

Tom was born December 5, 1931 in Raton, New Mexico to John and Dorothy (Trumble) Morrow. He was the fourth of five children. Tom attended public schools in Raton and Des Moines, New Mexico and Trinchera, Colorado before graduating in 1948 from The Abbey School in Canon City, Colorado. He attended Trinidad State Junior College and then joined The United States Navy in 1951 where he attained the rank of Aviation Ordinance Second Class. 

After serving our country four years, Tom returned to the family ranch on Trinchera Pass in Colfax County, New Mexico. It is then that he met Geneva (Neva) Ross, who was teaching at nearby Des Moines. He married Neva on January 28, 1956. They lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico until 1959, when Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree from New Mexico State University. It was during this time they had their first two children – Janet Mary in 1957 and Tom Sean in 1959.  Their third child Timothy John was born in 1961 while they were living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Tom taught math at Taft Junior High School.

Tom and Neva returned to Des Moines, New Mexico in 1961 where Tom was Principal and taught until 1963. Their fourth child James Dale was born in 1962. In 1963 Tom continued his graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa.

In 1965 they returned to the Morrow Ranch on Trinchera Pass. Tom and Neva would spend the next twenty years operating the ranch and raising their family. They had their fifth child, John Jerome, in 1969. Tom eventually followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by entering into politics.  He served two terms as a Colfax County commissioner and two terms as county assessor.  In 2004, Tom and Neva moved to Callaway, Nebraska where Neva passed away in 2006.  In 2015, Tom moved to Boise, Idaho.

Tom leaves behind his sisters, Becky Helms of Salt Lake City and Abbie Reaves of Folsom, New Mexico; his sons Tom Sean (Rhonda) of Plano, Texas; Tim (Lori) of Bellingham, Washington; James (Debra) of Boise, Idaho and John (Nadine) of McKinney, Texas; Ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife Neva, daughter Janet, sister Patricia and brother Jack.

A memorial service and celebration of life at MorningStar Senior Living in Boise, Idaho will be held March 12, 2017 at 2:30 MST. Veterans Honors will be observed at Evergreen Park Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs at a later date. Memorials will be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In Loving Memory of Benjamin (Benjo) Sanchez Jr.

Benjamin (Benjo) Sanchez Jr. passed away unexpectedly on February 5, 2017 at the age of 56.


He was born on April 5, 1960 in Raton, NM. He attended Raton High Schools and graduated in 1978.
He loved the outdoors and wilderness. He was a hard worker working for 25+ years at Southwest Hollow Metal.


He is preceded in death by his father Benjamin F. Sanchez Sr., mother Maria Sanchez, sister Persilla Vargas and only son Isaac B. Sanchez.

He is survived by partner Barbara Avila, daughter Nicholl Sanchez and partner Levi Martinez, grandchildren Adriana Sanchez, Vernon Edwards, Dinishio Edwards and Nathaniel Edwards, of Raton, NM. Brother Alfonso Sanchez and partner Viola of Denver Colorado, Sister Alice Martinez and partner Randy of Raton, NM. Sister Caryn Sanchez and partner Wayne of Raton, NM. Brother John Sanchez of Raton, NM. And sister Christina Sanchez of Raton, NM. He also had numerous nieces and nephews.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Tuesday, February, 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St Patricks’/St. Josephs’ Catholic Church recited by Larry Guara, followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant.


Funeral arrangements for Benjamin (Benjo) Sanchez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Shirley Ann (Bivens) Owens

Shirley Ann (Bivens) Owens passed away peacefully on February 7, 2017 at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home. She was 91.


Shirley was born on March 14, 1925 in Walsenburg, CO to Glen and Lilian Bivens.


Shirley attended various schools in and around the coal camps near Walsenburg, CO, graduating from Walsenburg High School where she met her future husband (Frank) Maynard Owens. Maynard and Shirley were united in marriage on December 28, 1946 and would raise two children together, Glen and Wendy. They eventually moved from Walsenburg to Weston, CO and finally settled in Trinidad upon their retirement from the coal mines.


Owens picShirley loved life and was a friend to all that ever had the privilege of meeting her. She always enjoyed her crocheting, enjoyed reading, especially her daily devotion books, and Shirley loved her sports. She enjoyed them all but was especially fond of two. Basketball, never missing a year of the TSJC tournament where she and Maynard could be found in their familiar seats in the corner of Scott gym, where Shirley would happily lend a hand judging the cheerleading or princess competition. Her greatest sports love was baseball, where again they could be found supporting the Trojans of TSJC in Maynard’s old red truck at Central Park, or in front of her TV lamenting the moves made by many of the Rockies players or managers.


By far the greatest love of Shirley’s life was her Lord and Savior Jesus, and her many great grandchildren. Who she could always be heard bragging about one or more to any and all who would listen.


Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Maynard, her brother Kenneth Bivens, one grandson Brent Owens and one great granddaughter Rachel Owens.


Left to cherish her memory are her two children Glen (Betty) Owens, Canon City, CO and Wendy (Joe) Coberly, Trinidad, CO. 4 grandchildren Ryan Coberly, Trinidad, CO; Chris (Melissa) Owens, Homosassa, FL; Keith(Beth) Coberly, Trinidad, CO; and Misty (Matt) Graham, Port St Lucie, FL. 9 great grandchildren, Derek Owens, Jonlyn McDonald, Mark McDonald, Ryanna Coberly, Eric Coberly, Chloe Owens, Parker Owens, Callie Owens, and the newest addition MacKenzie Graham, also one great great grandson Connor McDonald. Honorary pallbearers are special friends Dan and Loraine Renner. Active pallbearers are Gary Gordon, Bob VanMatre, Glen Owens, Joe Coberly, Ryan Coberly, and Darryl Long.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Shirley’s name to St Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral Services will be Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11AM at the Comi Chapel with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery .

Active pallbearers are Gary Gordon, Darryl Long, Glen Owens, Joe Coberly, Ryan Coberly, and Bob Van Matre.

Arrangements  made under the arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Rex Mangelsdorf

Rex Mangelsdorf, age 88, died Monday, February 6, 2017 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Hass Funeral Home in Clayton, New Mexico. Services are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

mangelsdorfRex Mangelsdorf was born on March 25, 1928 in Pueblo, Colorado to Walter Mangelsdorf and Harriet (Brown) Mangelsdorf. He joined the Navy before he graduated from high school and he received his high school diploma later after returning from his service. Rex married Jeanette (Monroe) Mangelsdorf on June 9, 1951 in Clayton, New Mexico. He farmed and ranched and owned a boot shop in Clayton from 1973 until 1978 when he sold it and opened a boot shop in Dalhart, Texas that he operated for 25 years before he retired. Rex was preceded in death by his parents.


WIFE: Jeanette Mangelsdorf of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 DAUGHTER: Shelley Mangelsdorf of Amarillo, Texas.

3 SONS: Larry Mangelsdorf of Benson, Arizona, Randy Mangelsdorf of Clayton, New Mexico and Keith Mangelsdorf of Brownwood, Texas.

10 Grandchildren: Martin Mangelsdorf, Danelle Mangelsdorf, Tracy Martinez, Dustin Mangelsdorf, Dee Mangelsdorf, Randi Jo Snell, Kansuz Mangelsdorf, Shane Mangelsdorf, Chance Field and Taos Field.

11 Great-Grandchildren

1 STEP-BROTHER: Ron Seaman of Thomas, New Mexico.

Memorial ServiceSaturday, February 11, 2017
10:00 AM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415

In Loving Memory of Alfred C. Laumbach

Alfred C. Laumbach, age 96, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary was recited at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017, following the Rosary Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Roy, New Mexico. Fr. Terry Brennan was the Celebrant. Burial followed in the Laumbach Family Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

laumbach cAlfred Conrad Laumbach, Sr. was born on March 28, 1920, in La Cinta Canyon, San Miguel County, New Mexico to Pete Laumbach and Fidelia (Andrada) Laumbach. A life long resident of the Roy community, he was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in 1930 and graduated from Roy High School in 1938. Alfred married Eleanor M. (DeHerrera) Laumbach on November 19, 1945 at St. Joseph Parish in Mosquero, New Mexico and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2010. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Roy, New Mexico. In addition to his wife and parents, Alfred was preceded in death by 5 children, Virginia Laumbach, Steven Laumbach and John Laumbach all as infants, Frances Chavez on June 23, 2008 and Alfred Laumbach, Jr. on March 2, 2015, by 2 grandsons, Steven Michael Monreal on October 10, 2002 and Vincent James Monreal on January 17, 2007.


5 DAUGHTERS: Lucille Gonzales and her husband Jimmy of Amarillo, Texas, Christina Laumbach of New Zealand, Elizabeth Trujillo and her husband Joseph of Taos, New Mexico, Rose Monreal and her husband Steve of Sterling City, Texas and Petra Laumbach of Roy, New Mexico.

5 SONS: Enrique Laumbach and his wife Mary and Pedro Laumbach and his wife Lillian all of Roy, New Mexico, Michael Laumbach and his wife Sharla of Amistad, New Mexico, Ralph Laumbach and his wife Liz of Portales, New Mexico and Andrew Laumbach of Clayton, New Mexico.

25 Grandchildren

26 Great-Grandchildren

1 BROTHER: Casimirio Laumbach of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Funeral ServiceMonday, February 06, 2017
10:00 AM

Holy Family Catholic Church, Roy, New Mexico
515 St. George Lane
Roy, New Mexico 87743

In Loving Memory of Ronnie Mayhan

Ronnie Mayhan, age 67, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 AM on Friday, February 10, 2017 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

Ronnie Mayhan was born on September 9, 1949 in Amarillo, Texas to Carl H. Mayhan and Josephine (Beckett) Mayhan. He graduated from Boise City High School in 68. Ronnie attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University and served in the US Army. He worked for Lyle Perry Land & Cattle Company in Waukomis, Oklahoma for 12 years, then for Premium Standard Farms in Dalhart, Texas and Seaboard Farms in Johnson City, Kansas before going to work for Poole Chemical in Texline, Texas where he worked for 13 years and then retired. Ronnie was a member of the VFW Post 3271 in Clayton and was a charter member of the Clayton Elks Lodge and was serving as the Leading Knight at the time of his death. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Carl H. Mayhan, paternal grandparents; Luther and Addie Mayhan, maternal grandparents; James and Josie Beckett a brother; Steven Wayne Mayhan and an infant sister Debra Lynn.


2 SONS: Robert “Bobby” Mayhan of Clayton, New Mexico and Preston Webb of Seiling, Oklahoma.

1 DAUGHTER: Melissa Webb of Lubbock, Texas.

HIS MOTHER: Josephine Mayhan of Clayton, New Mexico.

4 Grandchildren: Cody Mayhan, Colton Smith, Gannon Duffy and Mikayla Webb.

1 SISTER: Fran Berry and her husband Nelson of Texhoma, Oklahoma.

Prayer ServiceFriday, February 10, 2017
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415
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Funeral ServiceFriday, February 10, 2017
10:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Carlos Cornay

Carlos Cornay

Carlos was born April 20, 1928 in Folsom, New Mexico on the ranch he worked all of his life. After 88 years, 9 months, and 5 full and wonderful days, he passed away in the same house where he was born. He went to be with the Lord February 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm. Although his heart and kidneys finally wore out, his mind remained sharp.

Affectionately and widely known as “Papo”, he was beloved by all who met him. He had a tremendous work ethic, and squeezed the joy out of the day. He had an infectious sense of humor, was quick-witted and had the most boisterous laugh! Even through his suffering, he never had a bad day.

He would give you the shirt off his back and was a stranger to no one. Stubborn as the day is long, he thought his way was “the right way” until the day he died.

corany cHe was the 3rd generation to work the Cornay ranch. He was one of the last of the true cowboys, who worked from sun up to sun down and you never heard him mutter a complaint. EVER!! He raised Hereford and Charlois cattle and also raised Buffalo for 13 years. Papo could be intimidating and demanded hard work out of everybody and there are many men who came and worked as kids on the ranch who credit him with their work ethic. He gained many friends over the years that originally came to the ranch to visit, help or hunt and might have ended up working as ranch hands.

He was a school board member for 27 years and gave all three of his kids their diplomas. He served as County Commissioner for Union County and was awarded the Union County Pioneer Award for distinguished contributions to Union County and it’s people July 4th, 2013. He was a golden gloves Lightweight boxing champion in 1946.

He loved to play dominoes and was the domino champion of the Cornay ranch!
He had a sweet tooth and would never turn down anything with sugar! You could find him in the morning dunking his cookies in his coffee with PET milk. If you stopped by the ranch at the end of the day, you might find him on the porch playing his harmonica and looking out at the land.

He loved his paint horses, white cows and his red and white trucks. But his most treasured love was for his children and grandchildren.

He is now reunited with his wife Joan, his daughter Carla, his granddaughter Stormy, and brothers John, Manuel, Orlando, and Eloy who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son & best friend Dino, daughter Maria, son-in-law Mike, grandson Marshall, Granddaughters and Brooke, sister Mary Alice “Bebe” and one brother.

The community will miss him as a treasured neighbor, and most of all his family will feel the loss of a beloved father, grandfather and friend.

Visitation will be held Wednesday February 8th from 5-7 pm at Yaksich-Long funeral home in Raton. NM.

Funeral services to be held at 10 am Thursday February 9th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Folsom, NM followed by a graveside service at the Catholic cemetery in Folsom. We are going to celebrate Papos’ love of red and white by wearing his chosen colors. Feel free to join us in this gesture of love and remembrance.

Potluck reception immediately following at the South Fire Station in Folsom.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Folsom Fire Department or the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Des Moines.

In Loving Memory of Anthony “Pepsi” Duran

Anthony “Pepsi” Duran age 66 passed away on February 3, 2017 in Raton.


He was born on August 6th 1950 in Raton to Henry Dutch an Agatha Duran.


Pepsi was known for his sense of humor and happy personality. He never me a stranger he knew and everyone loved him.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Johnny Martinez and sister-in-law Isabel Jaramillo, Agnes Lopez and Marcella Martinez.


Pepsi is survived by his wife Leanor of the family home, two sons, Jason and Joseph Duran of Raton and daughter Marjorie Duran of Raton, 4 grandchildren, Haydin, Anthony, Mia Duran and Lucius Gallegos. Also, surviving are his brothers, Danny Frattereli, Billy Duran and wife Paloma, Bobby Duran and wife Joanne, Ronnie Duran and wife Sue, and Luis and Leonard Duran of Raton. Sisters, Dorothy Garcia, Julia Martinez and husband Gilbert, Joyce Salazar and husband Patricio, Patricia Martinez and husband Harvey. Brother-in-laws Nicky Martinez and wife Gloria, Michael Martinez and wife LaPearl, Danny Martinez, Tommy Martinez and wife Bonnie, Harvey Martinez, and wife Patricia and Alfred Jaramillo. Sisters-in-law Linda Bachmeir and Alice Martinez and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins survive.


He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic church, they the Legion of Mary, followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant.


Funeral arrangements for Anthony “Pepsi” Duran are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Manuel I. Zuniga

Manuel I. Zuniga, of Walsenburg, CO, passed away at home on February 4, 2017 at the age of 73.


He was born on September 10, 1943. in Delagua, CO, the son of Cristina (Espinosa) and Eligio Zuniga.


zuniga-337s4s655bulkifutok4jkHe attended area schools graduating from Trinidad High School in 1961.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1962-1965.
Upon his return, he attended TSJC receiving an AA in Building Trades.
Manuel was a coal miner for 18 years, having worked in the Allen Mine.
He was the Produce Manager for Super Save, Wal Mart and First Choice.
Manuel was the Head Start bus driver for 7 years but his favorite job was his last job as grounds keeper of the Walsenburg Golf Course, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
Manuel will best be remembered for his photography of the outdoors and nature.

On November 29, 2002, Manuel was united in marriage to Jackie, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preceding him in death are parents Eligio and Cristina Zuniga, sisters, Margaret Murillo, Rose Mary Gallegos, brothers Salvador Zuniga and Joaquin Zuniga.

Survivors are wife Jackie of home address, children, Natalie (George) Betscakos, Adam (Heather) Zuniga, Jeremy Zuniga, Matthew (Christina) Zuniga, Gina (Jason) Garlutzo, Francesa Monarco (Ken Ortiz), and their families, Lacie, Angelina, Sofia, , sisters and brothers Esperanza Santistevan, Mary Ellen (Tony) Aragon, Pete (Anna) Zuniga, Eligio (Hermina) Zuniga Jr., Joseph (Mary Susan) Zuniga, David (Tammy) Zuniga, Artero (Toni) Zuniga, Erma Abeyta, the extended Pagnotta family from Aguilar, 20 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.


Funeral Services will be FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 with rosary AT 9am at the Comi Chapel with US Military Honors conducted by US Naval Honor Guard.
Funeral Mass will follow at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Private inurnment at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aguilar School, 420 N. Balsam, Aguilar, CO, 81020, or the Walsenburg Golf Course, 1399 Co. Rd. 502, Walsenburg, CO. 81089.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Michael Aldolpho Trujillo

Michael Aldolpho Trujillo, passed away unexpectedly on February 1, 2017 at the age of 63. Michel was born November 24, 1952 in Raton, New Mexico.
He attended Raton High School and graduated in 1970. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and loved to watch his football. He was also a veteran.
Preceding him in death is his father Victor Trujillo Sr., his mother Stella Steele, brother Edward (Eppo) Trujillo, son Michael Ortega, grandson Timmy Jr. and longtime companion Sara Wilson; also, brothers-in-law Manuel Garcia, Thomas Trujillo Sr., nephews Anthony Garcia, Daniel Martinez,and niece Angel Garcia.
Survivors include his children, Amanda Trujillo of California, Donna Trujillo of Raton, New Mexico, and Mikey Trujillo of California. brothers, Tony Trujillo of Albuquerque, Victor Trujillo Jr. and wife Daryl of Colorado Springs. CO, Lawrence Trujillo and wife Rayetta of Raton, NM, sisters, Regina Ruelas of Albuquerque, NM and Lucille Trujillo of Trinidad, CO. stepsons Nick and Bryant Wilson from California. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends.


Recitation Of The Most Holy Rosary will Thursday February 16, 2017 at St. Patricks/St. Josephs Catholic Church with Deacon Thomas Alderette followed by the Christian Liturgy Outside The Mass February 16, 2017 at St. Particks/St. Josephs Catholic Church with Deacon Thomas Alderette officiating. Rite Of Committal and Inurnment will take place following the services.


Funeral Arrangements for Michael Aldolpho Trujillo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.