Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Albert B. Portillos

Albert B. Portillos, age 78, born in Springer, New Mexico, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away April 16, 2017 with his family by his side.


Mr. Portillos is survived by his children, Christine Ramoz and husband, Enrique, Margaret Marie and husband, Darren, Mark Portillos and wife, Susan, Bernadette Broward, Barbara Portillos; brothers, Louis Portillos, Robert Portillos and wife, Louise, Gilbert Portillos, George Gonzales and wife, Olivia; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; friend, Reyes Samora and many brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.


Mr. Portillos was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Portillos.


portillos aVisitation will be Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos Rd NW, with a Rosary to follow at 8:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.


Urn bearers will be Hank, Larry, Joe, and Gus.



In Loving Memory of Elinor E. Olson

Elinor E. Olson, born May 6, 1918 in Cimarron, New Mexico to Mathias Heck and Ida Campbell, passed at the age of 98, on April 7, 2017 at the Colfax General Long-term nursing home in Springer, NM.

Elinor lived in Cimarron, New Mexico until she married Lorence O. Olson. They then moved to Springer, New Mexico. Elinor loved to paint and belonged to a local painting group in Springer.

Elinor is preceded in death by her husband Lorence O. Olson, their son Michael Olson and her parents Mathias Heck and Ida Campbell, sisters; Elaine Milligan, and June West, one brother Matt Heck.


Survivors include daughters, Lenore Blackstone of Portland, Oregon; Karla Lindgren and husband James of Springer, NM; Rona Keech and husband David of Missoula, Montana; Jan Wills and husband Jeff of Spokane, Washington. Sisters, Laura Parker, Louise Perry and brother David Heck. Nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren.

Memorial Service for Elinor E. Olson will be on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral in Raton New Mexico with Deacon Ed Olona. Inurnment will follow immediately at the Mountain View Cemetery in Cimarron, New Mexico.
Arrangements for Elinor E. Olson are under the direction of the Alderette -Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mary F. Goff

Mary F. Goff, age 94, of Rio Rancho, NM and formally of Raton, NM passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017.

goffShe was born in Henrietta, TX on November 12, 1922, and was raised and schooled in Bowie, TX. Mary and family moved to Raton in the early 60’s.
After retirement she enjoyed going to the senior center and playing gin rummy every day.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.P. Goff in 2004; son-in-law, Ronnie Nunn and many siblings.
Mary is survived by daughters, Pat Myers (John) of Rio Rancho, NM; Carole Nunn of Magnolia, TX; son, Adrian (Sharon) Goff of Ardmore, OK; grandchildren, Deanna, Nick, Joann, Barbara, John, Michelle, Randy, Lynn, Mark, Tina, Susan and Calvin; great grandchildren, Sarah, and Alison Cox, Tyler and Blake Watson, Josephine and Amanda Nunn and sister, Wanda True of Bowie, TX.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date and interment will be in Raton, NM.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com
Daniels Family Funeral Services
4310 Sara Road SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

In Loving Memory of Frank A. DeLuca Sr.

Frank A. DeLuca Sr., passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at the age of 98.

He was born in Delagua, Colorado the son of Louisa (Nucci) and Giuseppe DeLuca.

He attended Trinidad High School graduating in 1937.

DeLuca pic 1Frank proudly served his country during WW II in the United States Army Air Corp from August 1940, receiving an Honorable Discharge in October of 1945 as Air Operations Specialist as Master Sargent.

Frank served in the Southwest Pacific during WWII in the 475th Fighter Group-5th Air Force in Australia, New Guinea, East Indies, the Philippine Islands and Ie Shima.

He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Five Battle Stars, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Liberation Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was a dedicated member of VFW and was instrumental in the dedication of the WWI Memorial at the Trinidad Welcome Center.

One of the highlights of his life was visiting the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. with his son and family.

On July 15, 1950, Frank was united in marriage to Betty Louise Mauro, a union that lasted 65 years until her passing.

He was employed for Safeway Stores until his retirement after 25 years of service.

Frank was a man of faith.  He was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Parish where he assisted at Sunday Mass at the Trinidad State Nursing home for 40 years.

He loved baseball and was an avid New York Yankees Fan, win or lose.

His family and friends were very important to him.

A devoted family man, Frank was a caring Husband, Father and a very caring and loving Grandfather to Sarah, traveling to China with his son and daughter in law, to welcome her into the family.

Preceding him in death are parents, Louisa and Giuseppe DeLuca, beloved wife Betty L. DeLuca, sisters Rose Diele, Mary DeLuca, Lucy Montera, Angie Natali, brothers Pete, Charles, John and Joe DeLuca and other relatives.

Left to cherish his memory is son Frank A. (Deborah) DeLuca Jr. and granddaughter Sarah DeLuca, niece, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be recited Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10Am at Holy Trinity Church.

Entombment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Ft. Carson Honor Guard.

Honorary Pallbearers are Pete Deluca and Joe DiGarbo.

Active pallbearers are Gene Verrette, Jack Christos, Frank Montera, Peter Deluca, Frank Armijo and Sam Regusa Jr.

Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to Holy Trinity Restoration Fund, 235 N. Convent St., Trinidad, Colorado 81082.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Jose (Joe) Isidor Gomez

Jose (Joe) Isidor Gomez, age 72, died in Lakewood, CO on February 17, 2017.

He was born May 15, 1944 in Trinidad, CO.

He attended school in Sopris and Trinidad, CO.

Jose made his home in Littleton, CO and worked as an RTD bus driver until his retirement.

He loved to be outdoors, camping,, hunting and fishing.

Joe also loved to attend genealogy conferences in New Mexico, learning more of his family history, proudly publishing two books with information gathered by he and his wife over the last twenty years.

He was a very special person who loved to listen and dance to Spanish music.

Joe will be remembered fondly for his big heart and caring soul, always keeping in contact with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eduardo and Manuelita Gomez, siblings, Ernie Gomez and wife Rose, Louie Gomez and Richard Gomez, sisters Margaret Rubal and husband Bob, Emma Apodaca, Madeline Barela ,brothers in law Erminio Lovato and Harold Lovato.

Survived by wife of 26 years, Cindy Olivas Gomez, sisters, Barbara Lovato, Denver, CO, Dora Lovato, Trinidad, CO, brother Charles (Jane) Gomez, Lakewood, CO.

Rosary will be recited Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10AM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Inurnment will follow at Carpio-Longsdale Catholic Cemetery,

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 2048, Denver, CO, 80222.

Joe grew up in a large, caring and loving family and will surely be missed.

In Loving Memory of Mary Dona

Mary Dona, joined the Lord, April 3, 2017 after a short illness.
Mary was born in Sopris, Colorado on April 27, 1927 to parents Angelina and Victor Dona, who preceded her in death.
She and her sister Amalia attended schools in Sopris and Starkville.
dona mMary graduated from Trinidad State Junior College, where she got her first job as the secretary to the Dean.
Her career at the school spanned 42 years, where she met many talented people and made many friends.
Mary spent her entire life in the Trinidad Area and will be missed by many.
Mary leaves her sister Amalia  Deitsch , first cousin Maria Endrezzi (Fonda, Italy), niece Kimberly and husband Leon, their children Geoffry and Alexandria Kelly, nephew Kevin and wife Connie Deitsch and dear friends.
Visitation will be FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 from 9AM-Noon
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Martha Menapace

Martha Menapace our sweet mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend was born December 17, 1932 in Van Houten, NM, the daughter of the late Lazo and Antonia Mileta. She passed away peacefully and pain free at MCMC on Sunday April 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by parents, her husband James Eugene Menapace, her in laws Frank and Anna Menapace, her sisters Emily Krulyac, Josephine Rodman and Elizabeth Parker.

She is survived by her daughters Tonya Menapace of the family home, who took such great care of her. Tricia Ortega and husband Steve Ortegea, (her favorite son in law she always called him). Her precious three grandchildren Jarrod Arguello and Melissa Gabol , Savannah Arguello and Phillip Mendez and Natausha Ortega. Her bonus great grandchildren Cheznee. She loved you guys very much. Her sister Zita Yaksich and Nickie. Helen Vukonich, Sophie Madrid and Ignacio, and Anna Stevens. Her brother Pete Mileta and Mary Neil. Also numerous nieces and nephews.


menapaceMartha raised two young daughters alone and did a fabulous job. She was a widow for forty three years. She loved yard work, her green grass she was so proud of. She loved everyone she met, no one was a stranger. Special thanks to her caregivers Sally Cordova you have a heart of gold, Angela Fleming you’re the best, and Nancy Paulich her forever friend. She loved listening to KRTN, thanks Billy D and staff. The family would also like to thank everyone for the visits, kind words and prayers.

Memorial service will be Saturday April 8, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Josh Woods officiating. A private burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Martha Menapace are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Freddie Martinez

Freddie Martinez, 84, of Cimarron, NM was called home on Friday, March 31, 2017. He joined his beloved wife, Virginia Eva “Jean” (Sanchez) Martinez, who went home to our Lord on August 21, 2011.

Born on April 14, 1932, in Cimarron, NM, he was the son of Federico Martinez and Senaida Cortez, both from Cimarron, NM.

martinez frFreddie was the quintessential cowboy – having started his career as a ranch hand at the age of 12; he spent most of his life on a horse, getting to know every mile of the WS Ranch (Vermejo Park Ranch) in northeastern New Mexico. He worked his way up the career ladder, first under the leadership of W.J. Gourley, then Pennzoil, before he finally retired in 1994 after 30 years as the Cattle Foreman, just prior to Ted Turner’s purchase of the Ranch.
Freddie was well known for his deep knowledge of the WS Ranch land and its history. He had hundreds of fascinating stories about everything related to the great outdoors and would gladly share his knowledge with any willing audience. He loved his work and he cared deeply for the animals he was entrusted to protect; often braving weather unfit for travel just to save a newborn calf. He was an expert bronc rider and calf roper who had the skill to join the professional circuit if he’d chosen, but he retired from bronc riding in 1952 after he had won every award possible in Colfax and surrounding counties. He was a charismatic and friendly person who showed genuine kindness and compassion to everyone he met. Freddie will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Freddie married the love of his life, Jean, on February 7, 1950; they shared 61 years of marriage prior to her passing. They proudly raised five children together and instilled in them the hard-work ethic and traditions of ranch life. They were both members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic parish in Cimarron. Freddie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was elected the July 4th Maverick Rodeo Grand Marshall in 2010.

Freddie was also reunited in Heaven with his grandson, his parents, and siblings. He will be missed by his loving children: Mario Martinez and wife, Bella, of Cimarron; Albert Martinez and wife, Sandy of Albuquerque; Joey Martinez and wife, Susan of Moriarty; Rebecca Horstman and husband, Irvin of Cimarron; and Victor Martinez, and wife Natalie of Paguate. Freddie was loved unconditionally by his 10 grandchildren: Marlisa, Melanie, Monica, Megan, Michael, Shana, Joseph, Benjamin, Christina, and Aidan (deceased); and his 19 great-grandchildren: Desirae, Samuel, Felina, Hunter, Trapper, Montana, Aaron, Sophia, Sabina, Aspen, Kaleb, Liam, Kingston, Hope, Faith, Joyce, Layla, Cora, and Twila; he also was blessed with two great-great-grandchildren: Cadence and Dmitri. Freddie is also survived by his sister Eleanor Merrit of Los Lunas; and sisters-in-law Mary Martinez of Cimarron, and Flora Sanchez of Cimarron.

A rosary will be recited for Freddie at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:30a.m., followed by a mass celebrating Freddie’s life journey at 10:00a.m. Rev. Emmanuel Izuka will officiate. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Cimarron following the mass.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Freddie Martin

In Loving Memory of Theresa Elizabeth Garcia

Theresa Elizabeth Garcia
Sunrise: November 22, 1943
Sunset: March 30,2017
Theresa passed away at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver Colorado.
Theresa is preceeded in death by her husband Gus Edward Garcia, her parents Leandro and Mary(Salas) Romero, her sister Lucy Sanchez, her brothers James and Donald Romero.
garcia thTheresa is the mother of nine children Domingo (Brenda) Bernal, James (Thomas) Bernal, Brenda (Jerry) Dycus, Donna (Andrew) Bravo, Vincent (Penny) Bernal, Dorianne (Leo) Garcia, Sindy (Sergio) Garcia,  Desari (Phil) Garcia, Gus (Stephanie) Garcia, Adrianna Garcia
Theresa has 17 grandchildren and 11 great grand children.
Rosary will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated  April 20, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Inurnment  to follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Katherine Renea Wheeler Yocam

Katherine was born May 31, 1973, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She passed away on April 8, 2017, at home, on the ranch, in Kim, Colorado, after many months of illness.


yocam kKatherine was baptized by Great-Great Cousin, Rev. Allie Davenport at First United Methodist Church in Paris Texas, August 19, 1973. She and her family lived in several locations in the Dallas, Texas, area. She graduated high school from Alexander Academy, Richardson, Texas as a member of National Honor Society. In high school, she pursued her artistic and musical (flute) interests. She attended South West Texas University, San Marcus, Texas. She moved to Raton, NM in 2001. She graduated with a BS in Elementary and Special Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico, while working and caring for two small children and living in Raton. Katherine married the love of her life, Gene David Yocam on May 16, 2004. She was a ranch wife and loved to work with her husband and care for the animals.  Her interests were quilting, reading and cake decorating for her family. Her goal as a mother was to instill the love and obedience to God’s word in her three children. Her newest love was her two precious grandchildren.


She is survived by husband, Gene David Yocam; sons, Lance Reginald Yocam & Rex Benjamin Yocam of the home in Kim, CO, daughter, Amanda Marie (Brandon Lee) Hare, and grandchildren, Austin Grace Hare and Brantley David Hare, all of Kim, CO, mother and father Edwin Reginald Wheeler and Ilona Marie Dygert Wheeler of Vega, TX, brother, Marshall Clayton (Clay) (Teresa Lynn) Wheeler, nieces; Shelby Lynn Wheeler & Mickala Caitlyn Wheeler all of Orono, ME, niece Lauren Bronwyn Wheeler of Albuquerque, NM; in-laws Gary and Jennie Yocam and Dale (Samantha) Yocam of Kim. Other survivors include numerous family members and friends.


Katherine was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Amanda Geraldine Pendley Dygert, maternal grandfather Kenneth Elston Dygert, paternal grandmother Treasa Mollie Gallimore Wheeler, paternal grandfather Marshall Rex Wheeler, niece, Carlye Blake Yocam and uncle, Randal Elston Dygert.


Funeral is at the Kim,CO School Gym Friday 1PM.


Peacock Larson Funeral Home La Junta, CO.