Obituaries

Sharon Anne Atencio

Del Norte resident Sharon Anne Atencio, 66, passed away on Sept. 15, 2022. She was born on Nov. 20, 1955, in San Francisco, Calif., to Albert and Juanita (Marquez) LeBlanc.... more

Cathryn Ann Mallow

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, our ray of sunshine, Cathryn Ann Mallow stepped through heaven's gates at the age of 54. She was adopted by Fred and Carolyn Morse and loved dearly by them and her two brothers David and Jon Morse.... more

Jimmy Preston Pierce

Jimmy Preston Pierce, 84, of Creede, Colo., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. He was born on Dec. 23, 1937, in Borger, Texas, to Leon Preston Pierce and Mary Wright.... more

Mary Lou Millsap

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Mary Lou Millsap, 89, died Sept. 7, 2022, at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa.... more

Vickie Lynn Myers

Long-time Center resident Vickie Lynn Myers, 67, passed away on Sept. 10, 2022. She was born in West Virginia on Jan. 23, 1955, to Jack and Billie Jean (Carter) Shrewsbury.... more

Mary Elizabeth (Hearn) Churchman

Mary Elizabeth (Hearn) Churchman passed from this life on Aug. 25, 2022, at UT Southwest in Dallas. She was a resident of Granbury, Texas.... more

Warren Clayton Hemphill

Warren Clayton Hemphill of Sonora, Texas, passed on to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sept. 1, 2022, at the age of 88. A private family graveside will be held Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sonora... more

JoAnne Grace Medina

Longtime Monte Vista resident JoAnne Grace Medina passed away on Aug. 30, 2022, at UC Health Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by loved ones. She was born Sept. 2, 1948, in Alamosa, Colo., to Rose P. Martinez and Benito Martinez.... more

Michael ‘Mike’ Muncy

Michael “Mike” Muncy was born Leadville, Colo., June 22, 1958, to Elsie and Harvey Muncy. Mike passed away Aug. 18, 2022, in Westminster, Colo. He was 64 years old.... more

Robert ‘Bob’ Lewis

Gained his wings Aug. 14, 2022. Bob was born in Santa Ana, Calif., on Oct. 5, 1933, to Wilber and Bernice (Owens) Lewis.... more

James Edward Bradley

James Edward Bradley, 92, of Monte Vista Colorado was welcomed into heaven on Aug. 9, 2022, after quietly succumbing to the rigors of a long life, well spent.... more

Carla Jayne Worley

Carla Jayne Worley passed away peacefully on July 25, 2022, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Carla was born on May 21, 1957, in Monte Vista, Colo., to parents Carl and Audrey Worley. She was the third or middle daughter out of five girls.... more

Robert Virgil Clark

Robert Virgil Clark,73 (Robbie to everyone who knew him) went to join his little dog, Clara, in heaven on July 24, 2022, in Yuma, Ariz. Robbie was born on Nov. 10, 1948, to Delmar V and L Ruth Clark.... more

Juan 'John' Francisco Gallegos

He was known as John by friends, coworkers and loved ones. He was raised in the San Luis Valley of Colo. He lived in Saguache and Moffat most of his life. He grew up in a full household and did chores to help feed and care for the family. He fondly recalled drinking milk straight out the bucket, warm and sweet. He graduated high school in 1955 (Hooper, Colo.) and went into the US Navy right after graduation.... more

Marvin ‘Merv’ Self

Merv Self, a life-long resident of Monte Vista, passed away in the Del Norte Hospital on July 28, 2022, at the age of 85.... more

Evelyn 'Evie' Underwood

Evelyn “Evie” Underwood was born on Jan. 14, 1948, to Duane Underwood and Lillian Falk Underwood in Del Norte. She transitioned peacefully in the love of God, at home on her beloved family ranch on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Evelyn was surrounded by her loving family, as well as her dear, irrigation-ditch-loving, dog Inka. Evelyn was understated, gentle, kind, and caring from the beginning to the end.... more

Tracy Joe Freel

Tracy Joe Freel, 57, of Moffat, Colo., passed away on June 21, 2022, suddenly by stepping in to protect a woman in a domestic violence situation.... more

Patricia Ione Malouff

Lifetime San Luis Valley resident Patricia Ione Malouff, loving wife and mother passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the age of 85.... more

Madeline LaVene Otts

A Celebration of Life for Madeline LaVene Otts will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2022, at the United Methodist Church, 215 Washington St., Monte Vista. It is open to all family and friends.... more

Virginia Sue Giles Henderson

Monday, June 27, 2022, Virginia Sue Giles Henderson passed into the arms of Jesus.... more

Carl Richard Ivey

Carl Richard Ivey passed away May 28, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Louisiana in 1938 to Thomas W. Ivey and Beulah Kirkpatrick Ivey.... more

Royce Rodney Reinhardt

San Luis Valley native, Royce Rodney Reinhardt, 90, passed away on Feb. 7, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was born on Aug. 23, 1931, in Alamosa, Colo., to Elmer Reinhardt and Mabel (Goff) Reinhardt.... more

Phyllis Roberta (League) Brown

Phyllis Roberta (League) Brown passed away peacefully, surrounded in heart and spirit by her beloved family in Alamosa on June 1, 2022, the day before her 91st birthday. Phyllis was born on a farm outside the small town of Stratton, Neb., on June 2, 1931, to Ernest and Ellen (Hawkinson) League. She and her sister, Delores (League) Campbell spent their childhood living and working together on the family farm in western Nebraska, finding joy together in the lean years of the Great Depression.... more

James Larry Mitchell

James Larry Mitchell, 79, of South Fork, Colo., passed away on June 3rd, 2022, with his loving wife by his side.... more

Daryl Lee Vanderpool

Daryl Lee Vanderpool, 76, a longtime resident of Monte Vista, Colo., known for his friendly personality, playful sense of humor and the gift of gab, died May 26, 2022, in Pueblo, Colo., after a lengthy battle with COPD.... more

Beverly J. Vitale

Monte Vista resident Beverly J. Vitale, 83, died peacefully on May 4, 2022, at the Monte Vista Estates Nursing Home in Monte Vista.... more

Gregory (Mike) Allen Aden

Gregory Allen Aden, a longtime resident of Houston, New Braunfels and Lake McQueeney, passed away Friday, May 13, at the age of 80. ... more

Charlotte L. Fuchs

Charlotte L. Fuchs, 80, of Del Norte, Colorado went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 2, 2022. She was born on March 31, 1942 to Joe and Fern (Richardson) McMillan in Twin Falls, Idaho. At the age of one, the family moved to Walden, Colorado and lived there for 15 years. In 1957, they again moved to South Fork and later Del Norte. Charlotte graduated from Del Norte High School in 1960. After graduation, Charlotte worked for Wilbur Helms at the E-Z Freeze, a popular drive-in for burgers and shakes.... more

Terry A. Larson

Terry A. Larson, 87, of Creede, Colo., passed away on May 10, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family.... more

Dorothy ‘Mickey’ Hart Merrell

Dorothy "Mickey" Hart Merrell passed away May 7, 2022, at 97 years old at her daughter's home in Boise, Idaho. She was the oldest of six children to Howard and Dorothy Hart of Monte Vista, Colorado. Mickey was born in Del Norte, Colorado on Aug. 23, 1924.... more

JoAnn Marie Sanz

On May 8, 2022, JoAnn Marie Sanz was called home to be with her Lord and Savior. She received the greatest grace of eternal peace, where there is no sadness or tears.... more

Darlene Ann Morgan

Monte Vista resident Darlene Ann Morgan, 78, earned her heavenly wings on May 6, 2022, at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte with her kids by her side. ... more

Wilma Faye Schaffer

Wilma Faye Schaffer, 74, was born on Nov. 26, 1946, to George and Ruth Skinner. She was the oldest of five children. Wilma lived in several other states, before her parents decided to make Saguache, Colo., their forever home.... more

Dr. Richard L. Brownrigg

Dr. Richard L. Brownrigg passed away on April 14, 2022, after a short illness. Dr. Brownrigg was born on Nov. 15, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., to John and Emma (Jacobson) Brownrigg. He grew up in Kansas City, Kan., where he was a member of the Wyandotte County High School swim team.... more

Edna Lyma Miles (Cossitt)

Edna Lyma Miles (Cossitt), long time Creede resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 5, 2022, in the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte, Colo. She was 101 years young.... more

Cheryl Candace (Pacheco) Garcia

Cheryl Candace (Pacheco) Garcia, 38, born Sept. 15, 1983 in Alamosa, Colo., died March 11, 2022 in Colorado Springs.... more

Carolyn Jean Gray

Carolyn Jean Gray (Prentice), 71, passed away at her home on April 4, 2022, from a long battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 8, 1951, in Alamosa, Colo., to Melvin and Goldie Peterson.... more

George Harry McDonald (Buster)

Born in Taos, New Mexico, Jan. 10, 1930, and he took his final breath on April 10, 2022.... more

Raymond Nathan Skeff

Longtime Monte Vista resident Raymond Nathan Skeff, 83, passed away on April 7, 2022. He was born on July 5, 1938, in Center, Colo., to Kelley H. and Margaret M. (Sawaya) Skeff.... more

Ralph Glenn Nash

Ralph passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital on March 23, 2022, of respiratory failure.... more

Alfred Orville Chapman

Alfred Orville Chapman was born in Del Norte, Colo., on Dec. 30, 1949, and went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2022. The sixth-born of eight children to Orville Chapman and Helen Myers Chapman, he was raised in South Fork and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1970, following which he earned his Associates Degree in Mechanics from Trinidad State Junior College in 1972.... more

Let’s all celebrate March

They say the older you get the faster time seems to go and that certainly seems to be the case for Ol’ Dutch and Miss Trixie. And poor Mr. Cooper, the Yorkie, really sees it fly by as one dog year is the equivalent to seven human ones.... more

Richard ‘Rich’ Alan Forrest

Richard Alan Forrest, 73, lost his life on Jan. 11, 2022, at UC Health Memorial Central in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a brief battle with gallstone pancreatitis.... more

J. Ryan McClure

Jonathan Ryan McClure, 48, was born in Del Norte, Colo., to John Raymond and Suzanne McClure on Sept. 15, 1973, and passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 26, 2022, near Center, Colo.... more

Sandra Lee Weiss

Long-time Moffat resident, Sandra Lee Weiss, age 75, passed away on Feb. 19, 2022. Sandra was born in 1946 in Denver, Colo., and married Alfred Weiss in 1968, recently celebrating 53 years of marriage.... more

Daniel Alfredo Rios

Longtime valley resident Daniel Alfredo Rios, 87, passed away at the Homelake Veterans Home on Feb. 17, 2022. He was born on Feb. 15, 1935, in Morenci, Ariz., to Camilo and Concepcion (Haro) Rios.... more

Phillip Eugene Leggitt

Phillip Eugene Leggitt passed away on Feb. 15, 2022, at Memorial Central Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Crestone, Colo., the middle child of 16 children born to Parley and Genevieve Leggitt. Phil moved to Creede in 1950 with his family and attended Creede schools and graduated from Creede High School in 1961.... more

Rocky A. Birdsey

Rocky Arlen Birdsey, 76, passed away peacefully at home in Cordes Lakes, Ariz., on Feb. 27, 2022. The son of Sam and Garnet Birdsey, Rocky was a third-generation Creedite born in Del Norte, Colo., on Nov. 19, 1945. Rocky graduated from Creede High School in 1963 and loved being a part of the legendary Creede Boys Basketball team, going to State all four years!... more

Rey Simon Sisneros

Rey Simon Sisneros, 62, passed away too soon on Jan. 28, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo., after complications from an illness. He was born on Feb. 18, 1959, in Espanola, N.M., to Simon Sisneros and Corine Sisneros.... more

William Joseph Haberlein

William Joseph Haberlein, experienced gatherer and lifelong learner, died Wednesday morning Feb. 16, 2022, at his home in El Paso, Texas, after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 74 years old.... more

Rory Dwight McClellan

Rory Dwight McClellan, 65, of Monte Vista, passed away at home on Feb. 10, 2022.... more

Michael ‘Grizz’ Addison Garnett

Ulysses, Pa., resident Mike Garnett passed away Dec. 26, 2021, in Coudersport, Pa., at the age of 67.... more

Royce Rodney Reinhardt

San Luis Valley native, Royce Rodney Reinhardt, 90, passed away on Feb. 7, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was born on Aug. 23, 1931, in Alamosa, Colo., to Elmer Reinhardt and Mabel (Goff) Reinhardt. Royce grew up in the Bowen Community south of Monte Vista and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1949.... more

Wilson Roger ‘Bill’ Hurd

Much loved Husband, Father and Grandfather. Bill grew up in Monte Vista, and married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Sweet.... more

Sandra Kay Rose

On Feb. 2, 2022, Sandra Kay Rose beat her fight with multiple sclerosis after 33 years. Calvin Rose, her faithful husband of 42 years, never left her side and she was surrounded by family.... more

William ‘Will’ John Henninger

Del Norte resident William “Will” John Henninger, 80, died Jan. 27, 2022, at his home in Del Norte, surrounded by family and under hospice care.... more

Linda Jane Taylor

Linda Jane Taylor, 80-year-old resident of Buffalo, Wyo., and previously of Del Norte went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 20, 2022.... more

Carlyn L. Clark

Carlyn L. Clark, 84, of Del Norte, Colo., passed away on Jan. 8, 2022, in La Jara, Colo.... more

James 'Jim' Montgomery Phillips

James “Jim” Montgomery Phillips, of Creede, and Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Jan. 16, 2022, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.... more

Antonio Felix Cebreros

Antonio Felix Cebreros, 71, of Rocky Ford, Colo., formerly of Monte Vista, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, at his residence.... more

Michael (Mike) Crawford Gates

Michael (Mike) Crawford Gates, of Fort Collins, died peacefully at Poudre Valley Hospital of complications of COVID-19. He was 62.... more

Norah Grace Dooley Korn

Norah Grace Dooley Korn was born to Alma Lucile Wintz and John Loran Dooley on Dec. 14, 1932, in Creede, Colo., and passed away Nov. 17, 2021, at her home in Kalispell, Mont.... more

Kathryn Jane Prins

Kathryn Jane Prins, or Kate as she was known to her family and friends, passed away on Nov. 26, 2021, at the age of 67.... more

Austin Fernando (Ford) Romero

On Dec. 7, 2021, Austin Fernando (Ford) Romero entered the gates of heaven. Austin was born Jan. 27, 1948, in Arroyo Seco, N.M., the oldest sone of Juan I and Manuelita (Sanchez) Romero.... more

Shirley Boyce

Shirley Boyce, a resident of Grand Junction, passed away on Nov. 24, 2021. She grew up in Wisconsin and received her nursing degree in Chicago.... more

Harry A. Fluck

Harry A. Fluck was born in Marion, Ill., on Jan. 19, 1940, and was the second of seven children born to Alfred “Mutt” Fluck and Ida Broeking Fluck. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., in 1962 with a Bachelor’s of Science, and received his Master’s in Forest Management from Michigan State University in 1969 after serving in the Air Force for a 5-year tour.... more

Obbie Lee Dickey

Longtime Del Norte resident Obbie Lee Dickey, 91, passed away on Dec. 11, 2021. He was born on Oct. 1, 1930, in Stonington, Colo., to Theodore Arthur and Amber (Herford) Dickey. Obbie was a farmer and rancher all his life. He was involved in the Colorado Cattleman’s Association as well as the Colorado Outfitters Association. He loved riding horses and fishing.... more

Patrick Rowan Rios

Patrick Rowan Rios passed away on December 1, 2021. He was born on June 27, 1964 in Alamosa, Colorado, to Daniel A. and Gloria Valadez Rios of Monte Vista, Colorado.... more

Damian Sean Trow

With great sadness, the "families" of Damian Sean Trow announce his passing from this life on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Damian was born in Aurora, Colo., on April 15, 1994, to David Trow and Tracy Rogers Trow.... more

Martha Jane Olson Walker

Martha Jane Olson Walker, 63, died peacefully in her sleep from complications of kidney disease, while in hospice care in her home, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.... more

Don Gary Allee

Don Gary Allee, 78, passed away on Nov. 27, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Childress, Texas, Don eventually made his way to Del Norte, Colo., in 1979 with the love of his life, Sally, by his side. Together, Don and Sally opened the Tin Cup restaurant. They operated the business for 2 years and eventually sold it after they realized they weren’t restauranteurs. However, this allowed them to meet and become part of the community they loved.... more

Peggy Jo Blenden

Peggy Jo Blenden died on Nov. 11, 2021, while visiting family in Columbia, Mo., at the age of 65. She lived with her husband, Michael Dale Blenden, in Del Norte, Colo. Her death was due to unexpected heart failure. Peggy was born in Fulton, Mo., on Dec. 26, 1955, to Barbara Gum Books and Maurice Tate Books.... more

Arthur Palmer Kraft

Arthur Palmer Kraft, 90, of Banning, Calif., died peacefully at home from complication from dementia with family by his side. Born in Pomona, Calif., the son of Frank and Marguerite (née Palmer) Kraft.... more

Doroteo C. Martinez

Longtime Monte Vista resident Doroteo C. Martinez, 74, passed away from dementia on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at the San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa, Colo., with his loving wife by his side. Doroteo was born on Aug. 5, 1947, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Jose Ignacio "Nacho" and Estefanita Lucero Martinez.... more

Stanley Jay Aldridge

Stanley Jay Aldridge, longtime Monte Vista resident, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. He was born on March 19, 1957, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Preston and Irma (Cox) Aldridge.... more

Debbie Garcia

Center resident Debbie Garcia, 62, passed away on Nov. 25, 2021. She was born on Nov. 22, 1959 in Monte Vista, Colo., to Agapito Sierra and Mary (Francis) Montano.... more

Henry ‘Kiki’ Gilbert Naranjo

Nov. 19, 2021, on a cold winter night in Monte Vista, Colo., Henry “Kiki” Gilbert Naranjo, 79, was called home.... more

Robert Lauren Bryning

Monte Vista native and longtime resident Robert Lauren Bryning, 78, passed away on November 16, 2021. He was born on March 31, 1943 in Del Norte, Colo., to Kyle Bryning and Thelma (Correll) Bryning.... more

Glen A. Hinshaw

Glen Alan Hinshaw passed away November 12, 2021, at his home in Montrose, Colo. He was 80. Born Aug. 11, 1941, to Leslie and Birdean Leggett Hinshaw, he graduated from Denver’s North High School in 1959 and Colorado State University in 1963.... more

 

Phyllis Shown

Phyllis Shown 102, Cañon City, Colo., passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 13, 2021. She was born Aug. 7, 1919, to Christian Carl Staley and Maria Elsworth. She later married Robert Shown.... more

Richard Ernest ‘Rick’ Black

Richard Ernest “Rick” Black, born in Del Norte, Colo., on Feb. 9, 1947, passed away on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Loveland, Colo., at the age of 74, due to complications from COVID-19. In recent years, Rick had battled serious medical issues related to his military service in the Vietnam War, but despite this discomfort, Rick met those challenges with his self-deprecating humor, quick wit, and a smile.... more

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson, 73, died Nov. 10, 2021. She was born in Mena, Ark., on July 15, 1948, to Grady and Gladys (Pitchford) Cook. She was the oldest of three children. Fran grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and moved with her family to the Center, Colo., around 1963. She had moved back to Arkansas and lived in Tennessee for a few years, before returning to Colorado.... more

Alva W. Hibbs, P.E.

Alva William Hibbs was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on Aug. 10, 1942. He affirmed until the day he died that he remembered the day, with the bright lights and awkward discomfort. He had a prodigious mind that simply amazed all those with whom he shared his encyclopedic memory, wit, and wisdom.... more

Jane F. David

Long-time resident of Monte Vista, Jane F. David, 97, passed away Nov. 5, 2021, at her home in Monte Vista, following a lengthy illness.... more

Madeline LaVene Otts

Madeline LaVene Otts passed away on Oct. 24, 2021. Madeline was born May 7, 1934, in Friars Point, Miss., to Josephine (Sorce) and Dominick LaVene.... more

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan, 96, passed away on Sept. 18, 2021, at HomeLake Veterans Center in Monte Vista, Colo. He was born on Feb. 17, 1925, in Salina, Kan. to George W. and Margaret D. (Braddock) Morgan.... more

Allen J. Hosselkus

Allen J. Hosselkus (AJ) was born Jan. 5, 1929, to the parents of Allen J. Hosselkus and Margaret M. Hosselkus in Creede, Colo. AJ passed away on Oct. 13, 2021, at the Homelake Veterans Center.... more

Greg Allen Peterson

Greg Allen Peterson was born Feb. 3, 1963, and died Oct. 2, 2021, from complications with COVID-19 Pneumonia. Greg was a farmer North of Monte Vista, Colo. He grew up in the Sargent area and graduated in the Sargent High class of 1981.... more

Lorraine Alvina Ross

Lorraine Alvina Ross, after living a full and prosperous life, peacefully passed away at the age of 98 on Oct. 1, 2021. Lorraine (Rieke) was born in Burlington, Iowa, on July 30, 1923, to Anna and Art Rieke, owners of Rieke Hatchery. Her parents taught Lorraine the poultry business and the love of fowl.... more

Wilamae Arlene Dutton

Longtime Monte Vista and Del Norte resident Wilamae Arlene Dutton, 90, died Sept. 22, 2021, at the River Valley Inn in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Lawrence (L.D.) Wallace

Lawrence (L.D.) Wallace, 77 of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away in May 2021 at his home after a lengthy battle with Inclusion Body Myositis.... more

Mary Virginia Sessums

Mary Virginia Sessums, 87 of Thornton, Colo., passed away Aug. 30, 2021. She was born May 7, 1934, to Robert and Ray Sproul of Eldorado, Texas. ... more

David Samuel Nickerson

David Samuel “Sam” Nickerson, 94, a 30-year resident of South Fork, Colo., passed away Aug. 21, 2021, in Manchaca, Texas.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021, at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Janet ‘Skippy’ Lee Morrison

Alamosa resident Janet “Skippy” Lee Morrison, 74, died Aug. 8, 2021, of natural causes at the Pikes Peak Hospice at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by her loving family.... more

Jose "Lupe" Guadalupe Luna Sr.

Longtime Monte Vista resident Jose "Lupe" Guadalupe Luna Sr., passed away Aug. 4, 2021. Lupe was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Center, Colo., to Alfred and Eulalia (Arellano)Luna.... more

Marvin Goad

Life-long San Luis Valley resident, Marvin Goad, went home to be with the Lord, with his loving family by his side, on Aug. 4, 2021. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on July 17, 1956, to Donald “Donnie” Goad and Ruth Kell Goad. He was raised in Monte Vista, Colo., and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1974... more

Gordon Lee Off

Gordon Lee Off passed peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Gordon was born during the Great Depression, which might help explain his frugality, tendency to hold on to things, gather lots of stuff, and frequent thrift stores.... more

Ethel Louise Dixon

Del Norte resident Ethel Louise Dixon, 75, passed away on July 31, 2021. She was born on April 9, 1946, in Alamosa, Colo., to Donald D. and Adelaide (Baldwin) Knapp.... more

Mary Edith (Thorp) Morfitt

Mary was born to Grace Marie (Pease) and Herschel Edward Thorp in Sutherland, Neb.... more

John Richard Ireland 

John Richard Ireland was born on June 25, 1951, in Hereford, Texas, and passed away on July 30, 2021. As a child, he moved to Moriarty, N.M. In Moriarty, he met his wife of 51 years, Judy. ... more

Darrel Eugene Asay

Darrel Eugene Asay, 92, passed away in his sleep on July 14, 2021. A life-long resident of the San Luis Valley, Darrel recently relocated to Caddo Mills, Texas to be with family. Darrel was born on April 9, 1929 in Alamosa, Colorado to Otis and Elsie (Miller) Asay.... more

Alexander MacGreggor Colville Jr.

Lifetime Del Norte resident Alexander MacGreggor Colville, Jr., 89, passed away on July 31, 2021. He was born on June 30, 1932, in Del Norte, Colorado to Alexander MacGreggor and Ruth Marie (Samuels) Colville.... more

Jose Vivian Lujan

Jose Vivian Lujan, 73, a 51-year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away July 19, 2021. He was born in 1947 in Lobatos, Colo., to Juan Lujan and Eurcinia Lujan. He married his Antonito, Colo., sweetheart Lena Lujan, 50 years ago in Las Vegas, Nev. ... more

Clayton Wirt ‘Kelly’ Mackey III

Clayton Wirt "Kelly" Mackey III, 73, went to his eternal home on Saturday, July 24, 2021. He was born on July 23, 1948, in Steyr, Austria, to Clayton Wirt Mackey, Jr. and Erika Steffe Mackey.... more

Rebekah Maye King Atencio

Our beloved Rebekah was taken from us suddenly and tragically on June 10, 2021 in Del Norte, Colo. Rebekah was born on Oct. 15, 1984, in Durango, Colo., to Kenneth King and Rosalie Hood. Although the family moved many times, from Washington, DC to various Colorado towns, it was the San Luis Valley that Rebekah considered home.... more

JoAnne Lewis

JoAnne Lewis (Maiden Name: Gott) will be remembered as a luminary storyteller of her time, sharing her presence, love, and never-ending series of tales with those who knew her from 1936-2021. JoAnne lived to be 86 years old, and is legend — she will be dearly missed by the tapestry of family and friends she wove together during her lifetime of adventures.... more

Nelson ‘Red’ Wayne Mickelsen

Nelson Wayne Mickelsen entered this earthly life on Oct. 10, 1938, in Alamosa, Colo. He was the first born of Nelson Cornum Mickelsen and Thelma (Jepperson) Mickelsen. After a life full of adventure and hard work, he passed away on July 21, 2021.... more

Gene Smith

Monte Vista resident Maurice E. “Gene” Smith, 88, died Dec. 9, 2020, at the Rio Grande Inn Nursing Home in La Jara.... more

Crystal Rae Sanderson

Crystal was born in Center, Colo., to Charles and Grayce Sheets and she attended school in Saguache. Crystal was a sensitive child and often helped her mother with the daily chores. Growing up in rural Colorado, there were always things to do, and she played with her brothers and sister.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021 at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Alice Medina

Alice Medina was laid to rest July 9, 2021. She was born in Guadalupita, N.M.,June 26, 1935, to Presciliano and Elisa Bernal.... more

Marvin Gates

Lifelong Del Norte resident Marvin Gates, 66, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021. Born on March 10, 1955, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of Martin Gates and Lucille Hines Gates.... more

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio, 72, beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2021, in Richland, Wash., with his loving family by his side.... more

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini, 90, Monte Vista, passed away July 5, 2021 at Conejos County Hospital in La Jara, Colo.... more

Hercules and our Planets

The new moon is on July 10, so this is a great time for sky viewing. The only problem is that the days are still long, so you either must stay up late or get up early. You can always just get up during the night when you wake up. There are a few things that do happen when the sky is still relatively light.... more

Thomas S. Magness

Thomas S. Magness, 89, Monte Vista, Colo., passed away at home June 22, 2021. Tom was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Rapid City, S.D., to Cedric St. Clair and Martha Haaser Magness. His family settled in Monte Vista in the late 30’s.... more

Mary Alire

Mary Alire, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed peacefully with family members at her side on June 21, 2021, in Albuquerque, N.M.... more

Jack Eldon Seneff

Jack Eldon Seneff was born in Monte Vista, to Chester and Lucille (Hicks) Seneff. The second of three children, Jack loved treasure hunting and later became a prospector. Jack maintained his love of treasure hunting as an adult, and searched diligently for Montezuma’s legendary lost treasure, on Wolf Creek Pass.... more

Mary C. Gallegos

Monte Vista resident Mary C. Gallegos, 87, passed away peacefully June 25, 2021, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on June 2, 1934, in Manassa, Colo., the daughter of Alfredo LeFebre and Ana Padia LeFebre.... more

Thelma (Tudy) Worker

Thelma Diane Borud Worker passed away and joined her beloved, Raymond Worker in Heaven, on June 16, 2021.... more

Charles Franklin Lewis

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Charles Franklin Lewis, "Chuck," 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 26, 2021.... more

Night Sky: Planets and the Summer Triangle

The Summer Triangle is a group of three bright stars in the summer sky. Each is the brightest star of the constellation they are in, and there are three constellations. Although they start in the summer, they last until the end of the year.... more

Peggy Atha Cummings

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, Peggy Atha Cummings went home to with be her Lord Jesus. She was born on Jan. 1, 1942, to Harold and Wilma Atha in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Michael Gallegos

Michael Gallegos passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Michael was born on Aug.1, 1983. He grew up in Martinez, Calif. Michael moved to the San Luis Valley with his family in 1993.... more

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel, 78, of Saguache, Colo., passed away on May 23, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family. Butch was born on Dec. 16, 1942, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Clarence B. and Nellie Hammel.... more

Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols

Mr. Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols, of Creede, Colo., passed away suddenly on Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 91.... more

Ida Pomeroy

Ida Pomeroy, 89, of Aurora, Colo., born Ida Bernard in Saguache, Colo., passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family members. Ida was a proud, supportive and loving mother.... more

Robert Myers

Life-long Valley resident, Robert William “Bob” Myers, died March 14, 2020. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on June 24, 1926, to Willie Jennings Myers and Edith “Betty” Gibson Myers. ... more

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez was born June 15, 1925, in Los Valdeses, Colo. She passed away on May 24, 2021, in Walla Walla, Wash., three weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She was the daughter of Anita E. and Jose Benigno Gonzales of Los Valdeses, Colo.... more

Lee Eugene Wilkinson

Lee Eugene Wilkinson, 94, passed on June 4, 2021, in Vernon, Texas.... more

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott was born in Bismarck, N.D., to Arthur and Anna M. Lepp during the Great Depression with an older sister, Ann, ready to welcome her. Their mother died when Rose was 2 years old and their father placed them in a Catholic orphanage with nuns that Rose remembered all her life as loving and kind-hearted.... more

Fay Williams Jr.

Fay “Willy” Williams Jr., of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on May 17 at Centre Avenue Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins.... more

Kevin Andrew Sanderson

On April 9, 2021, Kevin Andrew Sanderson’s spirit left his body following a heart attack. Kevin was born on Aug. 25, 1978, in Alamosa, Colo., to Tom and Margaret Sanderson, while his 2-year-old sister, Ginger, (only sibling) waited excitedly at home with her Grandmother Sanderson.... more

Craig ‘Panda’ Leroy Jones

San Luis Valley native and longtime resident Craig “Panda” Leroy Jones, 66, died April 20, 2021, at Penrose-St Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by friends and family.... more

Larry D Shaw 

Larry D Shaw, 82, lived in Monte Vista Colorado. He was born to Alice Brown and Tony Shaw in may of 1938.... more

Connie J. Hill

Long-time Del Norte resident, Connie J. Hill, 83, passed from this earth peacefully, but unexpectantly, of natural causes on April 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Del Norte on July 1,1937, her daddy’s “little firecracker.”... more

Billie Jean Gaultney Walker

Billie Walker, 96, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021, at Montage Creek Senior Living in Montrose, Colo.... more

Billy J. Marques

Lifetime Center resident Billy “Balls” J. Marques, 64, died April 4, 2021 at the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte.... more

Gerald Karl Haynie

Having lived a full and prosperous life, Gerald Karl Haynie departed this life on April 1, 2021, in Lehi, Utah. Jerry was born on June 15, 1929 in Manassa, Colo., to Harran Hall and Mary Manning Haynie. He was the third of seven children. He had a happy childhood and grew up with a large extended family unit. He remained close with his siblings throughout his life. ... more

John D. Baker

John Baker completed this final chapter of his earthly life early Monday morning, March 22, 2021, of complications of Parkinson’s Disease at Aspyre Rock Creek in Fort Collins where he had been a resident since mid-November. It is a blessing that he no longer is suffering from the symptoms of Parkinsons. We believe he is at peace and has transitioned to a room in God’s heavenly mansion.... more

Marty D. Heimsoth

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Marty D. Heimsoth, 75, died March 24, 2021, at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo.... more

Elsie Maxine Ward

Elsie Maxine (Zanetell) Ward, 90, a long-time Monte Vista resident, passed away peacefully at the River Valley Inn, on Feb. 17, 2021, three weeks after a debilitating stroke. Born to Henry and Elsie Zanetell, in Aguilar, Colo., Maxine was the fourth of five children.... more

Franklin Bruce Bassett

Franklin Bruce Bassett, 85, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 17, 1935 in Tampa, Fla., to Franklin Oak Bassett and Alliene Tuggle Bassett.... more

Chester Van Kimberling

Chester Van Kimberling, 80, of Monte Vista, Colorado passed away on March 10, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado. He and his twin brother were born in Kilgore, Texas on April 6, 1940 to Chester and Rosabella Kirch Kimberling.... more

Robert Forrest Crow

Robert Forrest Crow, Communications Pioneer in San Luis Valley, Colorado was born February 20, 1934 in Del Norte, Colorado and passed away February 28, 2021 at the age of 87 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.... more

Berdena Elaine Clark

Berdena Elaine Clark was born on October 16, 1928 in Grinnell, Iowa to Edward and Minnie Lincoln.... more

Larry Kent Benns

LOWRY — A quiet and unassuming man with countless talents and abilities, who only recently moved to South Dakota, left this life March 1 and will be sorely missed and cherished always by his loving wife and four children.... more

Ryan Mark Stuebs

Beloved Son, Father, Brother, Spouse, Uncle, and friend, Ryan Mark Stuebs, “Nibbs," age 44, died by his own hand tragically, early the morning of March 1, 2021.... more

Rebecca Kay Aultman

San Luis Valley resident Rebecca Kay Aultman, 66, died March 6, 2021 at the Conejos County Hospital in La Jara.... more

Donna Marie Stoeber

Lifelong San Luis Valley resident Donna Marie Stoeber, 86, died Feb. 15, 2021, at the River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte.... more

Dorothy Ann Cochran

Dorothy Ann Cochran, 87, formerly of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away on Feb. 3, 2021, in Colorado Springs of natural causes after a three-year degenerative illness.... more

Michael J. Fuchs

Michael Joseph Fuchs, the fourth son of Hugh and Margaret Fuchs, passed away Jan. 30, 2021, at Rio Grande Hospital.... more

Sherrill E. Mix, 82

Sherrill left this world due to complications of Parkinson’s Lewy Body Dementia on Jan. 7, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital.... more

Gary Lee Patterson, 69 Oct. 1, 1951 – Dec. 7, 2020

Oct. 1, 1951, Lorin and Jahaza Patterson welcomed their third child Gary Lee Patterson into their growing family. He enjoyed a blissful childhood being raised in the L.D.S church with his brothers and sisters. ... more

 

Elizabeth Medina Martines, 80

Elizabeth passed away in her home she loved dearly on November 26, 2020. ... more

John Caroll Patterson, 88

Lifetime San Luis Valley resident John Caroll Patterson, 88, died Dec. 19, 2018 at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake in Monte Vista.... more

Gary C. Mason, 71

Longtime Monte Vista resident Gary C. Mason, 71, died Nov. 30, 2018 at his home in Monte Vista, surrounded by his family and under hospice care.... more