Category: Obituaries

In Loving of Mark Alan Jansen, DVM

Mark Alan Jansen, DVM, age 59, of Raton, passed away on November 13, 2014. Mark was at home surrounded by his family.

Mark was born May 14, 1955 in Carroll, Iowa, the youngest of Harry and Irene Ranniger Jansen’s five children. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Manning, Iowa.

Mark graduated from Manning High School in 1973 then attended Iowa State University earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology in 1977. Mark became and remained a fanatical supporter of the ISU Cyclones. He returned to Ames to pursue his professional dream and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.

In 1989 Mark solidified his personal and professional goals when he moved to Raton, N.M. accepting a position at Raton Animal Hospital. He took ownership of the clinic in 1991, and retired in 2013. During his extraordinary 22 year veterinary career Mark treated small, large and exotic animals. He especially enjoyed the challenge and precision of surgery as well as the outdoor appeal of working cows and bison. His role as primary veterinarian at the Colorado Equid Sanctuary near Wagon Mound, NM was a highlight of his veterinary career. His responsibilities included coordinating ongoing and acute veterinary care for exotics such as zebras, Przewalski horses and other endangered equine species.

Vermejo Park Ranch was Mark’s second home. Mark and Stephanie met at Vermejo and were married in 1984. He worked for 33 years guiding bow and rifle elk, deer, antelope and turkey hunts. He was respected and sought after by ranch clients for his knowledge, skill and record of success. As important, he was much admired by his fellow guides for his fairness and unassuming leadership and he developed deep and lasting friendships among them. He knew peace and happiness in the mountain meadows where the elk grazed and the alpine lakes and streams of the high country. His family spent many memorable days fishing and camping at this very special place.

Mark was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association, the Academy of Rural Veterinarians and the National Rifle Association. Mark was a practicing member of the Cimarron United Methodist Church. He was an accomplished thespian performing in many productions on the Shuler Theater stage. His most memorable roles included performances for many years as Bob Cratchit and other roles in A Christmas Carol, a creepy Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace and most recently, a favored Costazuela brother in The Odd Couple. Mark also served the City of Raton on the Public Service board.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents and brother Randall. He is survived by his wife Stephanie, son Lucas and daughter Kristina of the home; brothers Dale Jansen of Des Moines, Iowa and Curt Jansen of Cody, Wyoming; sister Marilyn Jansen of Denver, Colorado; brother-in-law Paul Munden of Leawood, Kansas, and Richard Munden of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mark is also survived by nephew Scott Jansen, his wife Sheila, children Kylee and Brandon; nephew Matt Jansen, his wife Gina, children Zoe and Dylan; nephew Seth Jansen, his wife Mary Elena; niece Lily Jansen; niece Tracy Salazar and family; niece Michal Munden and nephew Taylor Munden. Also survived by Aunts, cousins and many life long friends.

Memorial services for Mark A. Jansen DVM, will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at the Raton Convention Center with Rev. Ellen Swain officiating. Arrangements and celebration of love for Mark A. Jansen DVM are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Alice Romero

Alice Romero 
(December 15, 1924 – November 11, 2014) 

Alice was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer. She love to crochet and cook and was well known for her tamales, Mexican hotdogs, and turnovers. Alice ran the youth center in Springer and cooked pizzas for everyone. She also cooked at the Springer Schools and Springer House. She was a foster grandparent for the elementary school and a daycare aide at Springer schools as well. She also loved to hold weekly bible studies in her home.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents, husband Phil Romero, sons: Phil Romero, and Rick Romero, sisters: Tonita Aguilar and Josie Garza, brothers: Louie Gutierrez, Gilbert Gutierrez, and Arthur Gutierrez, sisters-in-law: Valentina and Martha Gutierrez. Alice is survived by her daughter Kathy Trujillo and husband Ted of Pueblo, CO; son Charles Ray Romero of Springer, NM; sister Lucy Trujillo and husband Floyd of Amalia, NM; brothers: Carlos Gutierrez, Con Gutierrez and wife Lucille of Springer, NM; and sisters-in-law: Annie Gutierrez of Colorado Springer, Co; and Rosalie Gutierrez of Albuquerque, NM. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Zmily of La Familia Family Practice, the hospices nurses, Lena Turner and all her special friends. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 10:30am at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM followed by the Memorial Mass at 11:00am with Father Emmanuel Izuka as the Celebrant. Inurnment to take place at a later date. Arrangements for Alice Romero are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Macario Salamon “Max” Sanchez

Macario Salamon “Max” Sanchez, age 79, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 16 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 17 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico. Fr. Joel Bugas will be the Celebrant. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Parish Hall following funeral services. Burial procession will leave Clayton at 1:00 p.m. for Internment at the Ojo Bonito Cemetery on the Barney Ranch west of Clayton. Arrangements are by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Macario Salamon “Max” Sanchez was born on July 2, 1935 in Barney, New Mexico to Macario Damian Sanchez and Maria Inez (Martinez) Sanchez. Max was born and raised in the Barney community and lived their all of his life until he retired and moved into Clayton just a few years ago. He served in the US Army for a few years and then returned to Barney where he served on numerous boards in Union County throughout his life and he was voted Union County Pioneer in 2007. Max married Joyce A. (Montoya) Sanchez on September 15, 1962 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and she preceded him in death on June 21, 2009. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In addition to his parents and wife, Max was preceded in death by a brother, Damian Sanchez and a brother-in-law, Valentine Miera. 


2 DAUGHTERS: Stephanie Sanchez and Dawn of Austin, Texas and Dolores Marquez and Ken of Alamosa, Colorado. 

1 SON: Michael Sanchez of Mosquero, New Mexico. 

6 GRANDCHILDREN: Samantha Sanchez of Denver, Colorado, Michaelena Garcia and Juan of Longmont, Colorado, Katina Sanchez of Clovis, New Mexico, Alexandria Marquez of Las Vegas, Nevada, Kendra Marquez of Durango, Colorado and Garrett Marquez of Ft. Collins, Colorado. 

2 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Adian and Xavier Garcia of Longmont, Colorado. 

3 SISTERS: Irene Miera of Beenham, New Mexico, Fidelia Taylor and Jimmy of Clayton, New Mexico and Frances Robbins of Westminster, Colorado. 

1 BROTHER: Silviano Sanchez of Aztec, New Mexico. 

And many nephews and nieces and dear friends 

MEMORIALS: Memorials may be made in Max’s memory to the Union County General Hospital, 300 Wilson St. Clayton, NM 88415 or to the Clayton High School Reunion Association care of Ilene Taylor at 14 Mountain View Road, Clayton, New Mexico 884145.

In Loving Memory of Vera N. Kennedy

Vera N. Kennedy was born on Sept 23rd, 1934 in MontNe, Arkansas and left this earth to live for eternity on November 14. 2014.

Vera was the sixth of nine children of Addie and Martha Kropf. She lived her 80 years in the community she was raised in, Capulin and Des Moines.

She married John R. Kennedy on June 25, 1953 in Raton, N.M. John and Vera lived a full and happy life together for 52 years. Together they raised five children. 

Vera was a contract mail carrier for 33 years and the Avon lady for 45 years. She loved and lived life to the fullest, enjoying gardening, puzzles, dancing and a good joke. “She ain’t ever had too much fun”.

Vera is survived by her children, Barbara (Leo) Trujillo, Karen Lusk,(Ronnie) Cindy (Max) Valdez, John M. Kennedy (Kelly) and Gina (Vince) Rivera. She has nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Naida Munden, Betty Fager and Linda Foster. In-laws, Margaret Anne Crow and Ruby Kropf, Bill Kennedy and Dick (Elaine) Kennedy. Many nieces and nephews and a whole community who loved her dearly.

A celebration of her life will be on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Des Moines School

With Rev. Adrianne Coleman officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Heifer Project in care of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines or the Des Moines EMS Service. Please wear bright party clothes to honor her colorful spirit.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Vera N. Kennedy are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Mary Rose Trujillo

Mary Rose Trujillo, age 91, ,passed away peacefully at home on November 13, 2014.

Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Please note that a Rosary will  also be recited on Wednesday, November 19, 2014  at 3PM at the Comi Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 a 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Complete obituary to follow.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Angelo Pascetti

Angelo Pascetti, aged 93, passed away on November 12, 2014, in Raton, New Mexico. He was born in Dawson, New Mexico on May 21, 1921 to Giovanni and Angelina Cagalini Pascetti. He graduated from Dawson High School and enlisted in the Army. He served two tours before being honorably discharged in 1949. He spent time in Germany during World War II where he met the love of his life, Margit Kuhner, whom he married on January 27, 1949.

Upon his discharge he went to Albuquerque where he worked at a lumberyard. He then moved to Wyoming to join his brother, Jack, to work in a coal mine. Those mines closed so they moved to Leadville in 1954 to work at Climax Mine until his retirement in 1984. He lived in Leadville until 2007 when he moved to Billings, Montana, to live with one of his daughters. When his health deteriorated, he moved to the Miners Colfax Nursing Home in Raton, New Mexico, where he resided until his death.

He enjoyed his family and hunting and fishing in the mountains of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister and four brothers. He is survived by his daughters, Angelica Osborne (Tom), Roxana Montano (Rick Marchwick), his son, Gerald (Connie), 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Services are pending.

Arrangement for Angelo Pascetti are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of RD Moneyhun

RD Moneyhun, age 89, passed away November 11, 2014 at Parkview Medical Center after a short illness

He was born in McVeigh, Kentucky on July 29, 1925 to Luda (McCurry) and Reece D. Moneyhun. RD was employed as an accountant for  Cessna Aircraft Company for 35 years until his retirement.

RD loved flying as he was a pilot. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman.  He liked to hunt pheasant and dove.He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corp.

Preceding him in death are parents,  Luda and Reece Moneyhun, wife Alleyne Moneyhun, two infant daughters, Lyn and Tammy, son Terry Moneyhun, sisters Flora (Doc) Short and Bonnie (Wallace) Loftis mother and father in law, Mabel and Frank Fisher, brothers and  sisters in law, Frank and Marilyn Fisher, Jean and Pappy Galloup, Ray Grantz, and  nephew Don Grantz.

Survivors are daughter Kelly (Kevin) Cortez, Trinidad, CO, grandchildren, Blair Hewitt, Chase Cortez, Kamre Cortez, sister Pat (Red) DeLeon, ,  daughter in law, Katie Moneyhun, nieces and nephews Jan (Jack) Dumcum, Nancy Loftis Balckburn,  Scott (Colette) DeLeon, Shelly (Marina) Loftis and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 4PM at the Comi Chapel. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of John W. Dochter

John W. Dochter passed away on November 11, 2014 at the age of 94.

John was born on the Apishapa, in the family cabin above Herlyck  (Herlic)  Canyon, to Ray C. and Magaret C. (Herlyck) Dochter. 
John was the youngest of 6 children, who predeceased him.  They are Margaret (John) Hoover, Raymond R. Dochter, Olive (Victor) Vining, Myrtle (Floyd) Barry, Fred (Margaret) Dochter , nephews Raymond Dochter and Richard Dochter.

He attended Aguilar schools, graduating in  1939. John was an honorably discharged veteran of WWII and in 1946, he returned to the family farm in Aguilar where he lived and worked until the age of 82.  At that time he became a resident of the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Walsenburg, Co, where he resided until his death on Veterans Day, 2014.

John is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, among them are Florine (Roger) Huffenberger, Antis Goodulin, Claude (Carol) Vining, Kathleen (Dave) Ratliff, Susan Alston, Ken (Beth) Dochter, and  Mike (Jean) Dochter.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 21. 2014 at 1PM at the Comi Chapel with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating.Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Margaret Emery

Margaret Emery, age 88, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Robert Hunt, pastor officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Margaret Frances (Higley) Emery was born on July 18, 1926 in Effingham, Kansas to Newell Clifford Higley and Nellie Mable (Leland) Higley. Margaret married William Lewis “Bill” Emery on July 20, 1947 in Denver, Colorado and he preceded her in death on June 4, 1993. They moved to Union County in 1955 and ranched near Mt. Dora until moving to Clayton in 1963. Margaret worked in the medical records department of the hospital for a few years and then worked as a secretary at the First National Bank of New Mexico in Clayton for several years before being elected as County Clerk where she worked until she retired. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by a son; Billy Matt Emery and 2 brothers; Raymond Clifford Higley and Russell Dale Higley. 


1 SON: Robert “Bob” Emery and his wife Phyllis of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 DAUGHTER: Mary Alice Lane and her husband Charlie of Dimmitt, Texas. 

2 SISTERS: Doris Sutton and her husband F.J. of Atchison, Kansas and Bettie Miller of Pensacola, Florida. 

1 BROTHER: Ed Higley and his wife Susan of Muscotah, Kansas. 

5 GRANDCHILDREN: Corey Lane and Brad Lane both of Dimmitt, Texas, Holly Beam and her husband Wade of Canyon, Texas and Sara Emery and Cole Emery both of Clayton, New Mexico. 

2 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Cale Beam and Cooper Beam both of Canyon, Texas. 

And numerous nieces and nephews. 

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made in Margaret’s memory to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Drawer M, Clayton, New Mexico 88415

In Loving Memory of Charlie Owen

Charlie Owen, age 78, died Monday, November 10, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Mountain Time at Hass Funeral Home in Clayton, New Mexico. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Central Time on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Texline, Texas with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating. Burial will follow in the Texline Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Charlie R. Owen was born on October 15, 1936 in Lark, Oklahoma to William Randolph Owen and Lucille E. (Kidd) Owen. He married Carolyn Rochelle (Campbell) Owen on June 29, 1956 in Aiken, Texas and she preceded him in death on December 2, 1990. Charlie later married Gail (Harrison) Owen on July 14, 1996 in Clayton, New Mexico. Charlie owned O & L Trucking for a number of years and also worked for Poole Chemical in Texline for 25 years until he retired. After retirement they stayed in Texline and traveled in their Motorhome for 5 years then purchased a 5th wheel and became full time travelers. Charlie enjoyed fishing and especially enjoyed Lake Livingston where he could always be found fishing with his friends. In addition to his parents and first wife Charlie was preceded in death by a brother Robert Loy Owen and sister Ruthie Janet Owen. 


WIFE: Gail Owen of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

1 DAUGHTER: Edie Wyn and her husband Richard of Castle Rock, Colorado. 

3 GRANDSONS: Zachary Wyn, Jason Wyn and Jared Wyn all of Castle Rock, Colorado. 

1 STEP-DAUGHTER: Kristina Salzmann of Canyon City, Colorado. 

1 STEP-SON: Dennis Salzmann and his wife Polly of Utah. 

5 STEP-GRANDCHILDREN: Angela Salzmann, Ryan Salzmann, Samantha Salzmann, Matthew Salzmann and Gabriel Salzmann. 

4 BROTHERS: William Ray Owen of Oregon, Raymond Lloyd Owen of Willis, Texas, Donnie Dwayne Owen of Spring, Texas and Ronald Dean Owen of Dallas, Texas. 

And numerous nieces and nephews.