Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Tom Martinez

Coach, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, nephew, cousin, neighbor, friend, Tom Martinez, age 74, passed away peacefully September 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.


He was surrounded by family at the Veterans Home in Walsenburg, CO and was honored as the hero he was.   Tom was born in Denver Colorado on June 3, 1943 to Juanita (Jennie) Bustos.  


Tom Martinez Pic 1Tom was a Trinidad High School graduate in the class of 1961. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1961-1967.  Following his military service Heachieved his associates degree in Arts with a Major in education at Trinidad State Junior College followed with a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College. With this achievement Tom touched endless hearts not only teaching in the classrooms of Trinidad High School for several decades, but running hundreds of miles on the sidelines coaching football, basketball, track, baseball and swimming.  Even in his retirement, he continued to coach at, Trinidad Catholic and Primero High School, and volunteer as an assistant coach with his son in law sharing his love of baseball and football. 


Tom Martinez Pic 2In his spare time you could find Tom behind the bar at the Wagon Wheel, or Blackjacks Steak House listening to his friends babble on on on and on, But more than teaching and sports, Tom loved his family. He loved his family unconditionally from the day they were born to his very last breath. He loved his children. He was a beacon of strength, a role model and in adulthood a friend. Finally, Tom loved his grandchildren. He spent his every spare moment attending their games, awards and events, endless summer camping trips and teaching them how to fish.  Some of his favorite times were playing softball with friends, a Denver Broncos winning season, a friendly game of poker until the sun came up, morning breakfasts with his mom, and many a lazy afternoon sitting on his front porch with his fur babies Sandy and Mittens.


September 6, 2017 Tom was reunited with his grandmother Irene Martinez, parents James and Jennie Bustos, and his sister Betty Lou (Dolly) Mestas. He will be greatly missed by his children Thomas (Dawn) Martinez and Jean (Marty) Velasquez.  Grandchildren Chelsea, Joel, Candice, Dakota, Kaitlyn and Noah, and Great-Granddaughter Serenity. Brother Harold (Flora) Mestas and countless Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  Family, friends, and others whose lives “Coach” touched are invited to celebrate his life. 

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

Funeral will be Tuesday September 12, 2017 with Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church. 

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Air Force Honor Guard. 

Active pallbearers are James Tapia, David Santistevan, Michael Trujillo, PhillipCruz, Stephen Swazo and Leroy Perea. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Leon F. Gutierrez

Leon F. Gutierrez, 65, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 5, 2017 in Greeley, Colorado.

He was born April 26, 1952, to John and Beatrice (Lopez) Gutierrez, he was the Leon Gurterrz pic10th of 14 children. Leon lived in Trinidad all his childhood and most of his adult life. he attended area schools as well as TSJC and several trade schools  he was a CDL truck driver and enjoyed driving and running heavy equipment  . He worked for C.S. Railroad/ Burlington Northern. He was united in marriage to Velma Lamorie on July 26, 1975, after a five year courtship. In 2012 he relocated to Greeley Colorado

Leon had a love for children and helping others. Especially the special needs people along with his eldest daughter and wife. He drove the bus for head start TSD#1, TSJC, Upward Bound, and LACRC.  He loved every student he transported.  He was a custodian at TSJC at the Davis building for many years. Leon was employed for several companies in the Oil & Gas Industry around the Trinidad, Midland, and Greeley areas.

He enjoyed watching the Broncos with Joaquin and his side kick Luke. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fiishing, and camping with his favorite people. He had a passion for gardening and growing flowers for the Glory of Our Lord.

Leon loved to watch his kids and grandkids play sports and cheer them on. He was known as Grandpa G on the Union Colony Prep volleyball team. His daily routine would be to read his bible and get in the word of the lord, followed by making breakfast for Velma.

He was a devoted man of Faith who loved Our Lord. His fellowship with the Lord was very important to him. He was a mentor to many people.  He helped raise several of his nephews and nieces and even some of the neighbors’  children.  


Preceding in death his beloved eldest daughter Robyn, grandson Noah Eli, parents, father and mother in law Claude and Mary Lamorie, brothers Adam, Clyde, Michael, and Anthony, sisters in law Ethel and Sharlene Lamorie, brothers in Law and friend David Lovato, nephews JJ and Joshua Vigil and Corey Lovato.

 Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life Velma, daughter Gabrielle, sons Lejon and Joaquin, granddaughters Ashlee, Felicia, Autumn, and Ellegra, grandsons Isaiah, Calvin, and Luke, Sisters and brothers Linda, Maria, Johnny, Joe, Brenda, Geraldine, Nash, Yvonne, and Judy. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, many who he helped raise which he and many dear friends that he held near and dear to his heart.

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

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10AM at First Christian Church with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

 Honorary Pallbearers are Craig Lovato, Joe Vigil, Jeremy Lamorie, Andy Lamorie, Victor Gutierrez, Gabriel Moltrer, Bill Frashuer, David Rae Sr. Jim Casias  and  Kevin McClintock .

 Active Pallbearers are grandson Isaiah Gutierrez, nephews Clint Lovato, Charles Garcia, Jason Vigil, David Duran, and Cisco Zuniga.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Samuel J. Madrid

Samuel J. Madrid, age 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September   7, 2017 at Presbyterian Hospital after a long struggle with  Muscular Dystrophy.  He was surrounded by his family as he peacefully entered Heavenʼs gate.
Sam was born in Alamosa, CO July 30, 1930.  He was the son of John and Viola Madrid.
madrid SAfter graduating from Alamosa HS, he attended Adam State College for one year before beginning his military career.  Sam honorably served in the Navy from 1948 to 1953 and in the Army from 1954 to 1970.  During his years of service, he was stationed in Korea, Viet Nam and Turkey.  He received numerous medals for his service including Viet Nam Service and Campaign medals, Good Conduct medal and Army Commendation medal. After retiring from the military, Sam returned to Colorado where he worked in the banking, financial and hotel industries.  His passion was serving his community, children and the church.  He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis, Salvation Army and the Senior Citizen Center.  He served the Aguilar Presbyterian Church as a volunteer Lay Pastor for 25 years.  Sam was a School Board member of the Trinidad school district #1 for 30 years where he worked to promote the education of children and youth.
Sam was married to Ruth Madrid from 1955 to 1998 when she passed away.  They had three children.   He is survived by:  Children – Rick Madrid (Brian Pinson), Jeff (Alice) Madrid, Sara Madrid (Reggie Blakey);  Grandchildren – Brandon Madrid, Nikkol (Garland) Alexander, Joshua Madrid, Kimberly Madrid and Aubrey Madrid; Siblings – Solema Newton (Tom-deceased), Sylvia (Don) Headrick, Richard (Chris) Madrid, Stephanie Quintana (Jim Smith); Great grandson – Clyde Alexander and special cousin Viola Hinninger. Sam married Julia A. Madrid in 2000.  He is survived by: Wife – Julia A. Madrid; Stepchildren Bernice (Paul) McLaughlin, Mike (Charlene) Benavidez, Ruth (Jim) Woodard, Grandchildren – Paul (Melanie) McLaughlin, Amy (Lonney) Kimmel,  Jessica ((Matt) Kershen, Roger Woodard, Kimberly Apodaca, Tony (Martha) Benavidez, Louise (Mark) Boone, Dawn Toole, Mike Toole; and 19 great grandchildren.  Sam is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
Visitation will be WEd.  September 13, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Comi Chapel.



Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers will be Thomas Newton, Sgt. Joshua Madrid, Stephen Quintana, Rafael Quintana, Mike Vigil and Tony Benavidez.
Cards can be sent to Sara Madrid, 1815 Francis Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Anna Faye Baum

Anna Faye Baum, age 92, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017, in Dalhart, Texas.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Travis Sullivan officiating. Burial followed in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

baumAnna Faye (Higgins) Baum was born on July 30, 1925 in Wellington, Texas to Solon Lloyd Higgins and Ida Jane (Mosley) Higgins. Upon graduating High School in Olton, Texas she moved to the Higgins family ranch in Roy, New Mexico. She met and wound up marrying James Alvin “Jim” Baum in Mosquero, New Mexico on February 7, 1946 and he preceded her in death on February 1, 1996 just days before their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They raised there family and ranched on the Baum Family Ranch just south of Roy until 2013. She served as the Harding County Clerk for eight years. Anna Faye led and exemplary life. She was the quiet type, but when she spoke is was usually the blunt truth and rife with wisdom. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. In addition to her husband and parents, Anna Faye was preceded in death by two sisters, Nell Marie Redinger of Olton, Texas, Lanette Wilson of Bracketville, Texas and one brother James Marlon “Rusty” Higgins of Springfield, Colorado.


4 DAUGHTERS: Connie Riley of Clayton, New Mexico, Terry Ebell and her husband Anthony of Roy, New Mexico, Jamie Baum of Tucson, Arizona and Nina Baum of Parker, Colorado.

10 GRANDCHILDREN: Patrick Riley, Joseph Riley, Anthony Ebell, Jr., Solon Michael Riley, Zac Ebell, Bryan Heredia, Anna Maria Heredia, Jessica Duran, Sylvia Heredia and Anita Ebell.

19 Great-Grandchildren

14 Great-Great-Grandchildren

and 4 nieces and nephews; Carla Deeds, Ronnie Redinger, Quenette Collins and Tammy Wiley.

In Loving Memory of Marthabelle (Bella) Gonzales

Marthabelle (Bella) Gonzales, age 92, passed away on August 28, 2017 in Wheatridge, Colorado.

She was born in Bon Carbo, Colorado on June 17, 1925 to Della (Bowman) and Elias Gonzales.

gonazales bBella graduated from Trinidad High School.

She retired from American National Insurance.

For 5 years, she volunteered at the Penrose Library in Penrose Colorado.

Bella loved to bowl, read, dance and do crossword puzzles.

Preceding her in death are:  husband James Trujillo, parents Elias and Della Gonzales and grandson Jeremy James Martinez.

Survivors are son James Trujillo, Glenwood Springs, CO, daughter in law Kathy Peretto,  Phoenix, AZ, daughter Audrey (Jeffrey) Ziegler, Arvada, CO, grandson, James (Trista) Trujillo, Phoenix, AZ, great grandson James Michael Trujillo, Phoenix, AZ, brothers Ray (Rita) Gonzales, Pueblo, CO, Arthur (Ruth Ann) Gonzales, La Junta, CO, numerous nieces, and  nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3PM-7Pm at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be recited Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10Am at the Comi Chapel.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Jeff Ziegler, Jim Trujillo and James P. Trujillo.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Ina K. Labrier

Ina K. Labrier, age 104, died Monday, August 21, 2017, in Guymon, Oklahoma.


Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Mountain Time on Friday, August 25, at Camp Billy Joe in Kenton, Oklahoma. Burial will follow in the Kenton Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

labrierIna K. (Roberts) Labrier was born on August 29, 1912 in Lamar, Colorado to Pat Roberts and Ina (Rust) Roberts.


She was raised in Wiley, Colorado and graduated from Wiley High School and attended college in Greeley and then taught school in Wiley for a few years. Ina K. married Ross Labrier on June 4, 1938 at the Garden Of The Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado and he preceded her in death on April 28, 1983. They lived in Moses, New Mexico until 1944 when they moved to Kenton, Oklahoma. Ina K. was a member of the Kenton Methodist Church.


In addition to her parents and husband, Ina K. was preceded in death by a daughter; Patty Jo Labrier, a brother as an infant and a great-grandson; Clinton Ross Apple.



1 DAUGHTER: Jane Apple and her husband Bob of Kenton, Oklahoma.

3 GRANDSONS: LeRoss Apple and his wife Susan of Fay, Oklahoma and Leon Apple and his wife Cindy and Leston Apple all of Kenton, Oklahoma.

3 GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTERS: Kenney Jo Apple of Fay, Oklahoma, Meagan Martin and her husband Rowdy of Boise City, Oklahoma and Mckaylee Prieto of Kenton, Oklahoma.

5 GREAT-GRANDSONS: Dillon Apple of Scott City, Kansas, Dancey Apple of Yukon, Oklahoma, Destrey Apple and his wife Ivey of Avendale, Arizona and Schell Apple and Dal Apple both of Fay, Oklahoma.

And numerous other family members and friends.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made in Ina K’s Memory to Camp Billy Joe, Kenton, Oklahoma 73946 or to the Kenton Cemetery care of Monty Joe Roberts, Kenton, Oklahoma 73946.

In Loving Memory of Lucille (Tila) Martha Gutierrez

Lucille (Tila) Martha Gutierrez of Springer, NM died on August 23, 2017 surrounded by family at Genesis Ladera Nursing Home in Albuquerque, NM. She was 87 years old.

A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Friday September 1, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer. The celebration of funeral mass will immediately follow, with Father Benoit Trieu Van Vu officiating. Burial will follow in the Springer Cemetery.

gutierrez lShe was born January 10, 1930, in Trinidad, Colorado, daughter to Facundo and Lazarita Duran.
She married her loving husband Candido (Con) Gutierrez on May 26, 1951 and they were inseparable for 65 years. Together they raised 5 children and enjoyed their nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking and loved to play softball. She always welcomed anybody into her home and always made sure they left with their stomachs full and leftovers to take home. Lucille was known for her cooking, people always wanted her tamales and empanaditas.

Lucille was the Head Start teacher for Springer schools for 25 years. She touched and cared for many young individuals as they referred to her as Grandma. She left many students with memories and goals to achieve. Her goal was to insure that all her students received a chance to start their education with a positive outlook on life and with emphasis on looking ahead and reaching for the stars. Lucille also was involved with the church and taught CCD classes and encouraged many students to believe in their faith and pray for guidance and success.


She was preceded in death by her husband Candido (Con) Gutierrez. Parents Facundo and Lazarita Duran, a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mario Martinez. brother, Ernest Duran, and sisters; Magdelena (Toni) Dorrance and Carmela Kear.

Lucille is survived by her sister Mary Jane Rivera and husband Johnny of Springer, NM; Virginia Lopez of Pueblo, CO; brothers Freddy Duran and of Raton, NM and Pat Duran and wife Angie of Ft. Worth, TX. Also surviving are her sons; David Gutierrez and wife Dorine of Springer, and Steve Gutierrez and wife Patricia of Albuquerque; and a daughter, Carol Miller and husband Bobby of Albuquerque.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Estevan Gutierrez, Felicia Marquez and husband John, Fabian Gutierrez and wife Andrea, Amanda Gutierrez, Robert Miller and Patrick Miller, all of Albuquerque; Candida Gonzales and husband D.J. of Artesia, NM; Montana Martinez of Springer, and Keith Gutierrez and wife Veronica of Springer.

And, 12 great-grandchildren: Kyrah, Nathanial, Santiago, Nevaeh, Jazlyn, Adrian, Victoria, Leilani, Xiomara, Abel, Jeramiah and Kyleigh, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Pall bearers will be grandsons; Montana Martinez, Estevan Gutierrez, Fabian Gutierrez, Keith Gutierrez, Robert Miller and Patrick Miller. Honorary pall bearers will be Carlos Gutierrez, Ted Kear, Michael Dulaney, Jimmy Bowden and Carlos Craig.

Arrangements under the directions of Yaksich-Long Funeral Home, Raton NM, 87740, 575-445-2622.

In Loving Memory of Mary T. Barrera

Mary T. Barrera age 78, passed away unexpectedly on August 22, 2017 at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO.

She was born in Olathe, Colorado on April 9, 1939 to Anita (Romero) and Leo Trujillo.

Mary Barrera PicMary enjoyed gambling and playing the slot machines.

The greatest joy in her life was spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be missed by all her were fortunate to have had her in their lives. 

Preceding her in death are parents Anita and Leo Trujillo, beloved husband of 42 years Jose Eugene Barrera, sister Betty Sims and brother Dan Trujillo.,

Survivors are her daughter Theresa Barrera, TX, grandchildren, Joseph Rivas, Mandy Rivas, Brian Barrera and Brandy (Ammar) Abdalla.

Also surviving are great grandchildren, Aaden Rivas, Braden Williams, Jordan Rivas, Caius Abdalla, Kian Abdalla and soon to arrive great granddaughter Phaye Abdalla, siblings, Pete (Sharon), Tom, David (JoAnn), Kathy, Frances (Kirk), brothers and sisters in law, Ben (JoAnn) Barrera, Pueblo, Rose (Leroy) Baca, Trinidad, numerous nieces nephews other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday from Noon-4PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10AM at Comi Chapel.

Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers are Brian Barrera, Joseph Rivas, Jeremy Barron, Carlos Barrera, Richard Barrera and Mandy Rivas.



Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Lorena Margaret Tripp

Lorena Margaret Tripp (“Margaret”), 96, died  Saturday, August 19, 2017. at the Colfax General Long Term Care in Springer, NM of age related complications.

Margaret was born February 14, 1921 in Dartmouth, MA, to Truman C. Emery and Lorena Rounds Emery.

The eldest of three, she was predeceased by brothers Clayton and Truman (Dex).

Married Linwood M Tripp (deceased) on February 22, 1939.

Survived by sons Emery M. Tripp (Paula) and Taylor T. Tripp (Debra) both of Trinidad, many children and grandchildren.

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

Graveside Services  with entombment will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10AM at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery with Pastor Travis Hustad officiating.



Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Carrel Elmer Depue

Carrel Elmer Depue was born on November 1, 1930 in Sofia, New Mexico to Elmer Clarence Depue and Nellie Pearl (Robertson) Depue.


depueA longtime resident of Clayton, Carrel first lived in Sofia, New Mexico where he and his family farmed from 1930 until 1944 at which time the family sold the farm and moved to California. After the death of his father in 1946 he returned to Clayton with his mother, two sisters and one brother. Carrel attended Clayton High School and graduated in 1949. In 1952 he was drafted into the US Marine Corps and served two years as an artillery specialist and mechanic in Korea. When he returned home he bought and operated Clayton Taxi Service from 1955 to 1958. After selling the taxi service, Carrel worked several other jobs before eventually going to work as South West Metal Works in 1958, where he continued to work until he retired in 1999. After Carrel’s retirement from South West Metal Works as a welder building horse trailers and cattle feeders, he carried on his creative abilities establishing C & L Horseshoe crafts where he and his wife Laura displayed their work at craft shows throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Carrel and Laura married in November of 1966 in Childress, Texas and have resided at their South First Street home since.


Carrel, as the last surviving child, was preceded in death by his father, mother, eleven sisters and two brothers.


WIFE: Laura Depue of Clayton, New Mexico.

7 CHILRDEN: Donna Beth Depue Smith and her husband George of Pomerne, Arizona, Ricky Edward Depue and his wife Brenda of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Michael Bell and his wife Laura of Greely, Colorado, David Bell of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Teresa Bell Robinson and her husband Troy of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Linda Bell Siegert and Brenda Bell Vetten and her husband Scott all of Fort Worth, Texas.

15 Grandchildren

22 great-grandchildren

And many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating.


Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.