Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Vernon Ray Bennett

Vernon Ray Bennett , 82, passed away at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Living Center at Walsenberg Co. November 22, 2016.

Vernon Ray Bennett was born May 24, 1934 in Des Moines, NM, the son of Joseph Milton and Evelyn (Longwill) Bennett. He attended school in Des Moines and graduated from Des Moines High School in 1953. He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM for one semester before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Vernon was stationed at Camp Pendelton, CA. from 1954-58 during the Korean Conflict. After his military service he returned to the ranch in Des Moines, NM and became a cattle rancher.

He married Linda Kruse, his wife of 42 years, in Fairview, Kansas on July 7, 1974, He met her in the Des Moines community after she came there to teach school. They are the parents of two sons, Justin and Joel, who they raised on the family ranch.

bennett-vVernon served on the local telephone co-op board and the Sierra Grande Television co-op board. He was on the board of the Sierra Grande Rancher’s Camp Meeting Association, and he helped provide firewood for the camp cooks. Vernon served as a poll worker on the election board for the Des Moines voting precinct numerous times. He was a member of the Des Moines Chapter No. 46 Oder of the Eastern Star and Sierra Grande Masonic Lodge No. 57. Where he served as the Worthy Patron numerous times. When the lodge and the Eastern Star closed at Des Moines he transferred membership to the Raton Gate City Lodge No. 11 and the Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 Order of the Eastern Star and served as the Worthy Patron. He received fifty year membership pins in both organizations. He was a 32 Degree Mason member of the Scottish Rite Consistory in Santa Fe, the Ballut Abyad Shrine in Albuquerque, the American Legion, and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Vernon was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church at Des Moines where he served on the church board as a trustee and church historian.

He enjoyed attending the horse races at La Mesa Park and at the New Mexico State Fair. Visiting with family and friends at the annual community barbecues was always special for him.

In November of 2004 Vernon and his wife Linda moved to their retirement home in Raton, NM. Due to declining health, he entered the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Center in Walsenburg, CO. on March 23, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Beverly Allen of Clovis, NM, and his son Joel Bennett in 2011.

He is survived by his wife Linda Bennett of the home in Raton, son Justin and his wife Kristy Bennett of Des Moines, NM and their children, Jaydon Warnke, Karson Bennett and Kalen Bennett, sister Barbara Fury of Clovis, NM, and grandson James Ray Bennett of Raton, NM. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

Visitation will be Monday November 28, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday November 29, 2016 at 10:00 am in the First United Methodist Church Raton with Pastor Jon Kuncel officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery under the direction of Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are listed as Damon Brown, Cody Morrow, Carr and John Vincent, Garrett King and Seth Owensby.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Shrine’s Hospital, Grace United Methodist Church Des Moines New Mexico or a Charity of your Choice.

In Loving Memory of Jacob A. Candelario Jr.

Jacob A. Candelario Jr., age 35, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 22, 2016.

He was born in Denver, Colorado on April 4, 1981 to Anna M. and Jacob A. Candelario Sr.

His father preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memory is mother Anna of home address,  daughter Matasiya M.M. Candelario, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

candelario-jj-pic-1Memorial Services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10AM at the Comi Chapel with Mr. Cordova officiating.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of John Vincent Novara

John Vincent Novara, passed away November 23, 2016 at the Lutheran Hospital , Wheatridge, CO due to health complications.  He was 60.


He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on July 26, 1956, the son of Patricia F. and James Vincent Novara.


John retired from LACRC in 2010, moving to Denver, Co, where he resided until his passing.


john-novara-smileHe enjoyed socializing, attending plays, music, dancing, ceramics, football, fishing and most of all, being together with his family and friends.


John has been a BLESSING to all of us, and we all love him and miss him immensely.


He was preceded in death by parents Patricia and Vincent Novara, sisters in law, Sharon Sciacca, Shari Sciacca, brothers in law, Tom Hughes, John Hinton, Carlos Montoya and Manuel Sanchez.


Survivors are siblings, Frank A. (Georgia) Sciacca, Carl E. Sciacca,  Phil Sciacca, Mary Jane Hughes, Sandra Hinton (George Salvatore) , Rose Falsetto, Virginia (Bob ) Bingham, Patricia (Steve) Ortiz, and Angela Novara, inlaws, Joseph Falsetto, Mark Hickman, aunts Angie Sciacca, Jennie Novara, loving caregivers, Loretta Gates-Kelly, Gloria Armijo, Linda Martinez, Gina Garcia, Maria Hernandez, Shirley Barbre, Roberta Mares, Nina Barela, Elvira Gonzales, Tillie and Javier Gutierrez, Linda Wilson, and Karen Vale.


Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends also survive.


Visitation will be Wednesday from 4PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.


Rosary will be Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7PM at eh Comi Chapel.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym with interment following at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.


Honorary pallbearers are Bob Bingham, Carl Sciacca, Frank Sciacca, Phil Sciacca, Joe Falsetto ,and Joseph Falsetto.


Active pallbearers are Charles Hughes, Stephen Hughes, Darren Hughes, Shawn Montoya, Frank Sciacca and Mark Hickman.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Tony Abie Chavez

Tony Abie Chavez entered God’s peaceful rest on November 11, 2106. He was born on September 7, 1973, in Springer, New Mexico to Antonio Chavez and Gloria Ramirez.
Tony was a very talented artist. He loved to do drawings and portraits. He was a believer in the Seventh Day Adventist Faith. He married his best friend and longtime love of 23 years, Shaeryn in Trinidad, Colorado ten years ago on January the 5th.
His favorite pass time was spending time with his wife and children, watching movies, fishing traveling, playing pool, playing catch, playing kickball and basketball.
He had a mutual love of WWE he shared with his son Dyllan, and a mutual love of being a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers with his son Eythan. No game nights were ever quiet in the house with him and his sons.
Halloween was his favorite holiday, he and his baby girl Jheydan would not miss one house around the usual routine each year to go out trick or treating hand in hand. As everyone know she was daddy’s girl!
Tony was not only a loving husband, by an extraordinary and wonderful father. Words cannot express how greatly he will always be loved and missed. Nothing will ever be able to replace what has been taken from our hearts.
Tony is preceded in death by his father Antonio Chavez, paternal grandmother, Celina Chavez, and cousin Jason Alcon.
He leaves behind his wife, Shaeryn Chavez, Daughter, Jheydan Chavez, and Sons, Dyllan and Eythan Jones. Mother, Gloria Ramirez of Albuquerque, NM, Roxanne Smith of Albuquerque, NM, Andrea Armenta of Santa Fe, NM, Nicole Chavez of Rio Rancho, NM, Tanya Hoover of Penasco, NM, Farrah Chavez of Albuquerque, NM, Brother Adam Chavez of Albuquerque, NM. Mother- in-law, Lynda Garcia. Sisters- in- law, Lisa Martinez and Terri Lynn Mestas, Nieces, Desiree and Ravyn Martinez, and great nephew, Patrick Martinez.
Special nephews to Tony: Lance Joe Angel Martinez and Zacharias Apodaca. Numerous nephews and nieces also survive. At his request, no funeral services will be held.
Arrangements for Tony Abie Chavez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Ernie Medina

Ernie Medina, lifetime resident of Trinidad, was welcomed Home, on November 19, 2016. He was 94.

On April 1, 1947, he was united in marriage to Esther M. Perea who preceded him in death, on August 30, 1986.

Survivors are daughter Cordie Medina, Denver, CO, son Allen (Loretta) Medina, Trinidad, CO, grandchildren, Jarrod Medina, Pueblo, CO, Wesley Medina, Trinidad, CO, great grandchildren, Shelby, Conner,, Jayla, Brayden, brother Robert Medina, WA, nieces, nephews and friends.

medina-youngVisitation will be Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 3:30PM-6:30PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 25, 2016 at 10AM at the Comi Chapel.

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


Active pallbearers are Robert Ossola, Jarrod Medina, Wesley Medina, Dan Trujillo, Robbie Parker and Ken Alfonso.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Kendyl K. Monroe

Kendyl K. Monroe passed away on November 14, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 80.

The family will hold a small gathering on November 26th in Bethesda, Maryland, for area friends and family. Funeral services will be held at the Kenton United Methodist Church in Kenton, Oklahoma and burial will follow in the Kenton Cemetery on December 10, 2016. A celebration of life is being planned for January 6, 2017, in New York City.

The Extraordinary Life of Kendyl Kurth Monroe

A man of insatiable curiosity, leadership and willingness to get involved to make a difference, Kendyl’s extraordinary life included a highly successful law practice, an avid passion for genealogy, being an airplane owner and recreational pilot, a strong commitment to education as well as generous support for organizations advancing public health, historic preservation, music and theatre. He was a global traveler, including trips to both the North and South Poles, the Galapagos Islands, and particularly enjoyed fishing trips with his sons north of the Arctic Circle. He published two books: Small Worlds and Highlands Forests: Historical Sketches of Our Lands.

Kendyl was born on September 6, 1936, to D.D. and Helen Monroe in the remote prairie town of Clayton in Northeastern New Mexico. He lived there until completing public high school in 1954. He attended Stanford University (A.B 1958 cum laude) and Stanford Law School (L.L.B 1960). While at Stanford, he married his first love Barbara Ann Sayre in 1956, who he met in high school, and was married to for 56 years until her passing in 2012. With gratitude for his education at Stanford, Kendyl remained active in alumni affairs, serving as Chairman of the Board of Visitors, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Stanford Law School. In 1989, he was a recipient of the Stanford University Gold Spike Award for distinguished volunteer leadership.

Kendyl joined the prominent Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in 1960 and became a partner on January 1, 1968 where he focused on national and international tax law. As a practitioner, he was active in the adaption of old and the creation of new methods of financing in response to the significant changes in tax laws over the years he practiced. He was Managing Tax Partner from 1981 to 1985.

After graduating law school, Kendyl initially lived in a YMCA in Staten Island when he moved to work in New York, and subsequently was able to afford the rent for a small apartment in Manhattan. Soon thereafter, Kendyl and Barbara bought and restored a brownstone house in Greenwich Village, originally built in 1866, where they raised three sons and entertained many guests from diverse backgrounds. Kendyl was very active in his children’s educational institutions serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Grace Church School, on the Collegiate School Board of Trustees as well as Senior Warden at Grace Church.

Kendyl was passionate about service, a quality he learned from his father. Among his favorite activities were serving in the leadership of the Clan Munro Association and on the boards of the off-Broadway Lamb’s Theatre; The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation; the Public Health Research Institute; and the New York Chamber Soloists.

Kendyl helped organize the Highlands Forest Partnership in 1968, which purchased and preserved the natural conditions of a large tract of timberlands, streams, lakes and mountains in the Adirondack Park near Keeseville, NY. He and Barbara built a camp style house on the property where he enjoyed splitting firewood, rebuilding rock walls, horseback riding and cross country skiing. His children and grandchildren continue to cherish the Adirondack experience today.

monroeKendyl retired from Sullivan & Cromwell in 1994. He and Barbara built and moved to an adobe home on Barbara’s family’s historic Sayre Ranch located 40 miles northwest of Clayton, NM, in the valley of the Dry Cimarron River near the Colorado and Oklahoma borders. In 1995, he purchased the nearby and larger El Valle Escondido Ranch and spent his days fully restoring natural stone houses and undertaking land improvements as well as managing cattle and horses. He and Barbara loved to receive visitors from all over the world especially during the annual Round Up when the family cattle were branded. While he acclimated to ranch life, he quickly became active in many local ranching, agricultural and historic preservation efforts including serving as Chairman of the Eklund Association and overseeing the restoration of the Eklund Hotel and Saloon. He also served terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Union County Medical Foundation, Chairman of the Union County Water Board and President of the Clayton Rotary Club. He was also a proud member of the New Mexico Amigos, a non-profit organization to promote the state of New Mexico.

In 2010, Kendyl and Barbara relocated to Bethesda, Maryland, to be closer to their children when Barbara’s health began to decline. After helping to care for Barbara in her final years, Kendyl was gradually overcome by his own health challenges.


He is survived by his three sons, Sidney, Dean and Loren and their children Veronica, Henry, Keenan, Devon, Miles and Linden.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Kendyl Monroe to the Clayton Rotary Club (checks written to Christmas Basket Fund; P.O. Box 548, Clayton NM 88415) or the Albert W. Thompson Memorial Library (checks written to Town of Clayton with “Library” written in the memo section; 1 Chestnut Street, Clayton NM 88415).

Funeral ServiceSaturday, December 10, 2016

Kenton United Methodist Church
Cedar Street
Kenton, Oklahoma 73946

In Loving Memory of Manuelita (Mela) Lucero Peebles

Manuelita (Mela) Lucero Peebles passed away November 8, 2016 at the age of 88 after a long illness.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose De La Luz and Ofelia Sisneros, husband Sostenes Lucero, sons, Paul Lucero, George Raymond Lucero, Daniel Lucero and daughter, Vera Martinez.
Survivors include, husband Woody Peebles of the home in Raton, New Mexico. sons: Tony Sisneros, Raton, New Mexico, Mike Lucero and Veronica of Raton, John Lucero and Pat of Raton, Manuel Lucero and Juanita of Raton, and Phillip Lucero of Albuquerque, NM. daughters: Susan Lucero of Clovis, NM. Linda Benavidez and Max of Bernalillo, NM. Step-son Woodford Peebles, Jr. and Belinda of San Diego, CA, step-daughter Karen Peebles and Tod Day, 28 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Services for Manuelita (Mela) Peebles are pending and are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Daniel Felix James Martinez

Daniel Felix James Martinez, age 39 of Raton, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016 in Raton.


martinez-danielHe was born July 20, 1977 in Raton, the son of Danny R. and Edna Martinez.


Daniel was a construction worker, a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and snow.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Felix and Margaret Martinez, maternal grandmother Margie Martinez.


Daniel is survived by his parents Danny Martinez and wife Yolanda of Raton, mother Edna Sandoval and husband Roger of Raton, daughter Serenity Martinez of Clayton, NM, son Daniel F. Martinez, Jr. of Clayton, NM, sisters Monica Vigil and husband James of Maxwell, NM, and Erica Zamora of Raton. Kayla Sandoval and Kendra Sandoval of Raton, step-brother Patrick Sanchez of Raton, fiancé Balinda Hernandez of Raton and grandfather James (Eddy) Martinez of Raton.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, recited by Frank Cimino, Jr.  Mass of the Resurrection will follow with Father John Brasher as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Daniel Felix James Martinez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Joseph A. DiGregorio

Joseph Anthony DiGregorio, 61, of Denver, Colorado, died unexpectedly at home on November 10, 2016.

dave-d-2Joe was born in Trinidad, Colorado on June 16, 1955 to Julius and Frances (nee Amato) DiGregorio.

He attended Holy Trinity Catholic School.

After graduation, he attended Trinidad State Junior College and the University of Colorado-Boulder, earning a BS in economics before heading back home to head the Huerfano/Las Animas Council of Government for several years.

In 1986, Joe earned his Doctorate of Juris Prudence at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He worked in private practice as a defense attorney in Spokane before moving back to Colorado in order to be closer to his family. After a stint in Glenwood Springs with the Garfield County Attorney’s Office. Joe moved to Denver to work for the Denver City Attorney’s Office. During his tenure with Denver City Attorney’s Office, Joe became expert in child support and paternity issues and was instrumental in writing laws to improve the lives of children throughout the state.

Even while practicing law, Joe was always interested in learning new things. He became a certified welder, learned to repair and restore his many antique clocks and found new ways to repair and restore his car collection. But his love was wood working. His time in his woodshop produced much of the furniture in his home.

OBITEven though health problems dogged him for several years, Joe remained optimistic, tenacious, curious, generous and involved in the lives of family and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife Gwen McCargar, stepsons, Matthew Gains of Las Vegas, NM , and Rob McCargar (Randi) of Saratoga, WY,, grandchildren Kaycee and Samantha of Saratoga, WY, sister Francine DiGregorio of Trinidad, CO, brother David DiGregorio of Indianapolis, IN, niece Julie Paola (John) of Aurora, CO, nephew, Mark William Schultz of Colorado Springs, CO. Numerous other relatives, colleagues and friends also survive.

Services will be December 1, 2016. at 1PM at St. Pauls’ Community Church, 8001 W. 23rd Avenue, Lakewood, CO, 80214 with reception to follow.

Funeral Services will be held in Trinidad, CO, on Friday December 2 2016 with Funeral Mass celebrated at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.

Inurnment to follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Reception to follow at Noon at the Trinidad Holiday Inn

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Irene Tower

Irene Tower, age 92, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM till 8:00 PM on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Hass Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 22, at the Clayton Memorial Cemetery with L. R. Haisten officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

tower-ireneIrene Tower was born on January 16, 1924 in Merit, Texas to Christopher Minick and Mary Magdoline (Townsend) Minick. Irene married Lloyd Andrew Tower on May 17, 1941 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on January 23, 2001. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Clayton, New Mexico and worked in the church for over sixty years as the Sunday School secretary and she served as a board member for several years. Irene loved to work in her yard, crochet for her family, bake and cook. She was very well known for her sour dough bread. Irene and Lloyd enjoyed rock hunting together. Irene also worked for the local cable company in Clayton for eleven years. In addition to her parents and husband, Irene was preceded in death by 1 daughter; Lorene Anell Tower in 1943, a brother; John Minick and a son-in-law; Toby Encinias, Jr.


3 DAUGHTERS: Patricia Sewell and her husband Jack of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Dianna Brown and her husband Jeff of Kingman, Arizona and Reva Encinias of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Robert Foster and his wife Beverly of New Strawn, Kansas, Anna Aragon and her husband John of LeDoux, New Mexico, Lorene Swan and her husband Brian of Lemoore, California and Alex Encinias and his wife Angela of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

5 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Mikayle Foster, Donna Miller, Adam Swan, Dorothy Encinias and Genevive Encinias.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Jane Minick of Grand Prairie, Texas.

1 NEPHEW: Mark Minick and his wife Kim and their children Jake and Lauren all of Austin, Texas.

1 NIECE: Ashley Minick of Grand Prairie, Texas.

VisitationMonday, November 21, 2016
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
Graveside ServiceTuesday, November 22, 2016
10:00 AM

Clayton Memorial Cemetery
1000 Princeton Street
Clayton, NM 88415