Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Harry “LeRoy” LePlatt

Harry “LeRoy” LePlatt, 98, passed away peacefully at home on August 15th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and dedicated caregivers.

He was born , December 23, 1917 in Hoehne, Colorado, to Harry and Mabel (Johnson) LePlatt.

After his 8th grade graduation from the Barnes School, Leroy worked several jobs including breaking horses, punching cattle, farming and truck driving,

He was noted as top jockey for local race tracks as well as a  Roman Style Rider.

Leroy married Shirley (Ellis), November 18, 1939 and enjoyed 72 years of bliss.

LeRoy PicIn the early 40’s, Leroy worked as a fireman on steam engine No. 638.  It now sits in the Trinidad Safeway parking lot.  Later he became a heavy machine operator for the Colorado and Southern Railroad for 16 years . He worked in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, retiring in 1966 due to health reasons.

He and Shirley then started their adventures: ranching and the LePlatt Goat Cheese Dairy, while raising their 4 children.  He and Mom were five generations starters, enjoying their 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Some of their fondest memories include receiving the 1976 Best Attire Award in the Trinidad Round-Up Labor Day Bicentennial Parade, and  in 2003, they were the Silver Queen and Grand Marshall for the Trinidad Round-Up Labor Day Parade and Rodeo.

Leroy was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, son Bob and daughter- in -law Jacquie LePlatt, parents Harry and Mabel LePlatt, step father, James Downey, brother Howard (Elmer) LePlatt, sisters Lucille (Bert) Day, Pauline (Earl) Sullivan, mother and father- in- law, Harry and Maggie Ellis, sister and brother- in- law, Vi and Paul Riggs, and brother-in-law ,Dan Ellis.

He is survived by daughter, Gloria (Frank) Sciacca, son Jim (JoAnn) LePlatt and daughter Sally (Gary) Waller, all of Trinidad, sister-in-law, Bernice LePlatt of Sarcillo, brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Audry Ellis, of Grand Junction, “10 Grandchildren”, “22 Great-Grandchildren”, “1 Great-Great- Granddaughter”, nieces, nephews and COUNTLESS FRIENDS.

Visitation will be  Monday, August 22nd, 3-7pm at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd, 10am at Faith Christian Church, 2608 Santa Fe Trail , Trinidad, CO,  with Rev. Bill Glidden officiating.

Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad, Colorado.

Honorary pallbearers are Gary Waller, Frank Sciacca, Jim Chongway, Dave Bachicha, Audie LePlatt, Daryl LePlatt and all LeRoy’s friends.

Active pallbearers are Grandsons, Jack, Nick, Rick and Ken Sciacca, Keith Waller and Gerald (Jerry) LePlatt.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mary G. Martinez

Mary G. Martinez, passed away at home on August 14, 2016 at the age of 104.


She was born in San Geronimo, NM to Rita (Swabacher) and Alfido Gomez.


She received her schooling from the Sisters of Loretto. On January, 16, 1939, Mary was united in marriage to Nestor Jose Martinez at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad, CO.


Mary G. Martinez PicMary  liked to cook, bake, quilt, oil paint and was a talented seamstress. She loved to dance, and she and her husband were known as the King and Queen of Tango.


She had a great love for her family and all her grandchildren.  Her love not only was for her family but  a special gift extended to all children. 


Mary was devout woman of faith.She was a member of Lady of Mt. Carmel in Madrid, CO, Little Daughters of Mary in Las Vegas NM and the Sociedad Senora de Nuestra de Guadalupe in Trinidad.


Her presence and ever present smile will be missed by the many who were fortunate to have known her.


Preceding her in death are parents, Rita and Alfido Gomez, husband Nestor J. Martinez,  son Joe V. Martinez, daughter Rita Loretta Martinez, and grandchildren, Crystal Trujillo, John Baca, Rita Patricia Martinez , Rita Marie Castillo and sister Pauline Torres.


Survivors include children  Nancy (Gilbert) Abeyta, Trinidad, CO, Edward Leslie (Grace) Martinez, Trinidad, CO., Anthony Martinez, Denver, CO, Antoinette Castillo, Trinidad, CO, sister-in-law Jennie Martinez, CO. Springs, CO, 20 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Visitation will be Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 3PM-7PM at the Comi  Chapel.

Rosary will be recited Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.


Active pallbearers are Ernest Trujillo, Edward Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Reid Castillo, Steven Martinez and Randy Sandoval.


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

In Loving Memory of David Elias Padilla

David Elias Padilla, age 71, passed away August 13, 2016 at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home.


Padilla. David Elias picHe was born in Valdez, CO on September 11, 1944 to Felicita (Santistevan) and Jesus Padilla.


He was preceded in death by sister-in-law Annie Abeyta-Padilla, brothers-in-law Don Stice and Rudy Alire.


He is survived by wife Shirlee, son David A. Padilla, daughter Tammy Padilla-Ludvik, grandson Nicholas Padilla and his sweet mother Laura, brothers Joe, Lloyd (Virginia), John (Margie), Ed (Mae), Dan, Ken (Alice) Padilla, sisters, Beatrice Alire, Lucille Stice, step-daughters and their children, Janan Abdul Hadi, Christine, Rosalinda and Artee Cabral, special step-grandchildren, Mai (Khalid) Rahkil, Nekia Fronda (Jacob Cordova), Michael Cabral, several step-great grandchildren, special aunt, Lucy Santistevan, nieces, nephews and cousins.


Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:30 PM – 7 PM at the Comi Chapel.


Funeral Services will be Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10 AM at the Comi Chapel with Pastor Lloyd J. Padilla and Pastor David Boyer officiating.


Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Harlan Wendell Barber

Harlan Wendell Barber, age 14, of Raton passed away Sunday August 7, 2016 in Raton.


He was born April 25, 2002 in Raton the son of Daryl Gene and Shelly Adele Trantham Barber.


barberHarlan loved hot wheels, Legos, Video Games and his dog Lizy, He loved everyone.


Harlan is preceded in death by his grandmother Anna Trantham.


He is survived by his parents of Raton, three sisters, Kortney Ruth Ballscio of Albuquerque, NM, Korie Lanae McAnney and family of Potsville, PA, and Maegan Trantham of Raton. One brother Jarrett Trantham of Raton grandfather Papa Bill Trantham of Raton, Special brothers Jeffrey Conder and Sam Guerra. Uncle Dallas Nance, cousins Jody Nance and Dawn Laban, Uncle Tim Trantham and special aunt, Vanessa Anderson and special friends Hope Encinias, Levi Roper, John Encinias, Stephanie Acevedo, Henry Coronado, Ira Travis, Luke Padilla,, Kevin Fissel, and Tyson Florersheim also survived by Wendy Griffin, Dennis Martinez and their family and Douglas Trantham.


Memorial services will be Monday August 15 , 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Kuncel officiating.


Arrangements and celebration of love for Harlan Wendell Barber are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Juan Carlos Vallejos

Juan Carlos Vallejos, age 42 was born on November 30, 1973 in Trinidad, CO and passed away August 3, 2016 in Greeley, CO.
He graduated from Trinidad High School, Trinidad State Jr. College and received his BA and MA in secondary education from UNC Greeley, CO. He was an educator and coach for Trinidad High School and Northridge High School in Greeley, CO.
Juan Carlos Pic (1)Juan Carlos was an exceptional athlete and coach who excelled in football, wrestling, baseball and golf.  As an all-state quarterback, he led the Trinidad Miners to a state championship.  He also coached a state wrestling championship team at Northridge High School.  Juan Carlos enjoyed teaching, learning, music,(playing his guitar and singing). He loved being with his family, friends and students.  He will be missed by so many who loved him.
“To live on in the hearts of those we leave behind, is not to die.”  Author Unknown.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Al and Gertrude Vallejos, Arlene Ortiz, aunt and uncles Sandra and Jeff Klem and George Ortiz Jr. 
His is survived by his grandfather. George Ortiz Sr., parents Georganne and Jack Vallejos,  daughter Courtney Ann (Duffy) Johnson, sons Marcos Juan and Diego Juan Vallejos, grandchild Violet Hayes Johnson, ex-wife Jessica Vallejos, brother J.J Vallejos, nieces Jackielynn, Jamielynn, Jessielynn. great niece Sophia and  ex- sister in law Selina Vallejos.
Also surviving is uncle/ godfather Orace(Marilyn) Vallejos, aunt/godmother Jeanine (David) Esquibel, cousins Gina (Andrew) Esquibel, Anthony and Brandon Martinez, uncle Lee Maldonado, cousins Jeremey and Jeff (Gina) Maldonado, Adam , Noah and Brandon, aunt Erika (Dante) cousins, Kayleigh and Daniel Vallejos, Godchildren, Justin Sanchez and Elyissa Dominguez.
Juan is survived by his fiancée Roshel Hernandez and her family, so many special friends, students and family members.
Memorial Graveside Services will be held Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11AM at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.
If possible, please wear Trinidad Miner colors Blue and White or Northridge Grizzly colors Navy Blue and Burgundy.
A condolence/celebration luncheon will immediately follow.    Everyone is invited  to join family and friends to honor Juan’s memory.
The family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers and food, donations be made to the George S. Ortiz Trinidad Miner Memorabilia Hall in care of School District #1.
 Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Thomas Donald (“Tucker”) Spalding

Thomas Donald (“Tucker”) Spalding, age 58, of Springer, NM went to meet our Lord August 7, 2016.


He was born April 22, 1958 in Albuquerque, NM to Jim and Mildred Spalding.


Tom was preceded in death by his father Jim Spalding and his brother Danny Joe Spalding and a grandson Evan Thomas Lamb.


He left behind his mother Mildred Spalding, his wife of 40 years Ramona Spalding and three daughters, Denise and husband Matt Lamb of Farmington, NM. Danette Spalding of Springer, and Trisa Spalding of Las Vegas Nevada. 4 Grandsons Elijah and Isaiah Lamb of Farmington, Malachi Rogers of Springer and Ezekiel Crane of “favorite” granddaughter Meadow Crane of Farmington. Numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Tom was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.


Memorial service will take place Friday, August 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Springer with Button Criswell officiating.


Arrangement for Thomas Donald Spalding are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Nancy V. Angely Maldonado

Nancy V. Angely Maldonado, age 70, passed away on August 8, 2016 in Raton.


She is survived by her husband Franklin Maldonado of the family home in Raton, sister Irene Marquez and husband Richard, brother Fermin Casias and wife JoAnn all of Raton. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and 48 God Children all survive.


She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Angley, mother Annie Casias, step-father Joe Casias. Adopted parents Samuel Vigil, Francisca Torres-De-Torres.


She was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, past member of Carmelita’s, Legion of Mary. She graduated from Raton High School in 1964, was a remedial teacher at Raton Junior High School, teacher’s aide at Longfellow School and taught religious education for 25 years.

Visitations for Nancy V. Angely Maldonado will take place August 10th, 2016 at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 10:00 am recited by the Legion of Mary. Solemn Mass of Resurrection will follow at 10:30 am with Father Bill Wytovith as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.


Funeral arrangements for Nancy V. Angely Maldonado are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Paul Gene Bernal

Paul Gene Bernal age 49, passed away on August 2nd, 2016 in Amarillo, Texas.

He was born November, 5, 1966 in Raton, NM.

He is survived by his wife Stella Bernal, of Amarillo, daughter Arianna Bernal, of Amarillo, sons John and Frederick Goss of Raton, Jeffery Bernal, Colorado Springs, Matthew Bernal of Amarillo, father Paulo Bernal, Raton, mother Mary Jean Zinn and husband JI of Amarillo. sister Donna Bernal, Amarillo, brother Teddy Bernal and wife Sherry of Raton, Anthony Bernal, Pasadena California, numerous nephews, aunts and nieces.

He was preceded in death by brother Ernie Bernal.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s-St Joseph’s Catholic Church, recited by Deacon Tom Alderette. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 am with Father Bill Wyotvith as the Celebrant.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Jimmy Lark

Jimmy Lark, formerly of Raton, went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2016.

He was born on February 14, 1939 in Raton.

There will be a graveside service at the Johnson Mesa Cemetery on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 am.

The family will then meet at the All Seasons Restaurant after the service, and you are welcome to join them.

In Loving Memory of Ronald Edwardo Sanchez

Ronald Edwardo Sanchez 
Beloved Son, Brother, Nephew, Uncle, Cousin and friend to countless others.
Ron was proceeded in death by his parents Eduardo Sanchez Jr. and Evelyn Pacheco Sanchez, as well as infant brother Eddie Sanchez. 
He is survived by six brothers and sisters:  Virginia Fulkerson, Larry Sanchez and wife Yvette, Gerald Sanchez and wife Becky, Patricia and husband Manuel Matthew Sanchez, and Beth Rutherford and husband Todd, numerous special nieces and nephews. 
Sanchez RonRon never knew a stranger. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Between Reno, Denver and Home (Raton, NM), you would find Ron enjoying what life had to offer.
Ron will be sadly missed, with a void left in our hearts that will never be filled.
(Services Pending and will be announced at a later date)